Tasty Guitar Routines 2

author: _Doggy_ date: 05/03/2012 category: guitar techniques
rating: 8.4 / votes: 7 
Welcome back everyone! This time we'll focus on Alternate Picking. It's important to note that many of the exercises presented here are known by the average guitar player. I collected the ones I think are the best and most varied to practice. Always remember to stretch and warm up (look for Tasty Guitar Routines #1) before doing the following exercises. Let's go! Lesson 2: Alternate Picking Let's start with an altered version of "Ipsy Dipsy Spider" exercise. I'll explain in due time the differences between the regular and this altered version, which helps you stretch your fretting hand a little more. Important: Remember we're practicing Alternate Picking, so maintain a "Down, Up, Down, Up" stroke pattern. You also want to start at a slow and comfortable tempo (3050 bpm doing sixteenth notes) and slowly (yes, very slowly) start to speed up the whole routine. We also are going to cover the entire fretboard. Fig. 1: Altered "Ipsy Dipsy Spider" Description: Start plucking the first four notes normally. When you're about to pluck the first note on second string, leave the other fingers in their respective position moving only the finger you need to. Repeat until you've reached the high E note. The whole process starts again but in reverse.
E|---------------------------------------------1-2-3-4--|
B|------------------------------------1-2-3-4-----------|
G|---------------------------1-2-3-4--------------------|
D|-------------------1-2-3-4----------------------------|
A|----------1-2-3-4-------------------------------------|
E|--1-2-3-4---------------------------------------------|
Continued
E|--5-----------------------------------------------------|
B|----2-3-4-5---------------------------------------------|
G|-------------2-3-4-5------------------------------------|
D|---------------------2-3-4-5----------------------------|
A|-----------------------------2-3-4-5--------------------|
E|--------------------------------------2-3-4-5--3-4-5-6--| etc...
Now it's time for the classic "Ipsy Dipsy Spider". Fig. 2: Classic "Ipsy Dipsy Spider" (Keep going until you're out of frets)
E|---------------------------------------------1-2-3-4--|
B|------------------------------------1-2-3-4-----------|
G|---------------------------1-2-3-4--------------------|
D|-------------------1-2-3-4----------------------------|
A|----------1-2-3-4-------------------------------------|
E|--1-2-3-4---------------------------------------------|
Continued
E|--5-4-3-2----------------------------------------------------|
B|----------5-4-3-2--------------------------------------------|
G|-------------------5-4-3-2-----------------------------------|
D|---------------------------5-4-3-2---------------------------|
A|-----------------------------------5-4-3-2-------------------|
E|-------------------------------------------5-4-3-2--3-4-5-6--|
We're done with the 1-2-3-4 fret patterns, leaving only 1-2-4, 1-3-4 and 1-3-5. Fig. 3: Combined Patterns (Keep going until you're out of frets)
E|--------------------------------2-4-5--|
B|--------------------------2-3-5--------|
G|--------------------1-3-5--------------|
D|--------------2-4-5--------------------|
A|--------2-3-5--------------------------|
E|--1-3-5--------------------------------|
Continued
E|--6-5-3--------------------------------|
B|--------6-4-3--------------------------|
G|--------------6-4-2--------------------|
D|--------------------6-5-3--------------|
A|--------------------------6-4-3--------|
E|--------------------------------6-4-2--|
Yeah! Now let's try some variations of the major scale: Fig. 4: Major Scale (Repeat at least 2 times. Descend in the same position repeating the first and last notes to even the stroke pattern).
E|---------------------------------7-9-10--|
B|--------------------------7-9-10---------|
G|--------------------6-7-9----------------|
D|--------------6-7-9----------------------|
A|--------5-7-9----------------------------|
E|--5-7-9----------------------------------|Descend
Fig. 5: Major Scale (Triplets) (Repeat at least 2 times. Descend in the same position repeating the first and last notes to even the stroke pattern).
E|---------------------------------------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------------------------------------|
G|------------------------------------------------6---6-7-6-7-9--|
D|------------------------------6---6-7-6-7-9-7-9---9------------|
A|------------5---5-7-5-7-9-7-9---9------------------------------|
E|--5-7-9-7-9---9------------------------------------------------|
Continued
E|-------------------------7----7-9-7-9-10--|
B|------7--7-9-7-9-10-9-10---10-------------|
G|--7-9--9----------------------------------|
D|------------------------------------------|
A|------------------------------------------|
E|------------------------------------------|Descend
Fig. 6: Major Scale (Sixteenth notes) (Repeat at least 2 times. Descend in the same position repeating the first and last notes to even the stroke pattern).
E|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|--------------------------------------------------------6-----6-7--|
D|--------------------------------6-----6-7---6-7-9-6-7-9---7-9------|
A|--------5-----5-7---5-7-9-5-7-9---7-9-----9------------------------|
E|--5-7-9---7-9-----9------------------------------------------------|
Continued
E|------------------------------------------7------7-9----7-9-10--|
B|----------------7-----7-9---7-9-10-7-9-10---9-10-----10---------|
G|----6-7-9-6-7-9---7-9-----9-------------------------------------|
D|--9-------------------------------------------------------------|
A|----------------------------------------------------------------|
E|----------------------------------------------------------------|Descend
That was long wasn't it? Let's finish with this last variation: Fig. 7: Major Scale (Thirds) (Repeat at least 2 times. Descend in the same position repeating the first and last notes to even the stroke pattern).
E|---------------------------------------------------------7----9-7-10--|
B|--------------------------------------------7---9-7-10-9---10---------|
G|--------------------------------6---7-6-9-7---9-----------------------|
D|--------------------6---7-6-9-7---9-----------------------------------|
A|--------5---7-5-9-7---9-----------------------------------------------|
E|--5-9-7---9-----------------------------------------------------------|Descend
Almost done. Let's finish with yet another variation of the "Ipsy Dipsy Spider" exercise: Fig. 8: Cross-string "Ipsy Dipsy Spider" (Keep going until you're out of frets)
E|----------------------------------------4-1--------|
B|------------------------4-1-----------3-----2------|
G|--------4-1-----------3-----2-------2---------3----|
D|------3-----2-------2---------3---1-------------4--|
A|----2---------3---1-------------4------------------|
E|--1-------------4----------------------------------|
Continued
E|--------2-5---------------------------------------|
B|------3-----4-----------2-5-----------------------|
G|----4---------3-------3-----4-----------2-5-------|
D|--5-------------2---4---------3-------3-----4-----|
A|------------------5-------------2---4---------3---|
E|----------------------------------5------------2--|etc...
Al last! Focusing on a variety of exercises of each technique every day will help you develop dexterity and speed faster. You can practice this routine while watching T.V or listening to some music because the only pleasant exercises are the Major Scale variations. Have fun, be patient, patient and... Patient. I'd appreciate if you leave constructive feedback or suggestions; we're here to help each other out!
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