#1
Recently I've been trying to practice 8th notes with alternate picking, so I tried to learn the riff for snow (hey oh) by rhcp.

Now while I can play the riff properly slowly, using the metronome, I can't seem to find the correct timing to play the notes.

So normally counting 1 and 2 and 3 and 4 would be how to count it, but even at like 40 -50 bpm during the 'and's I seem to lose the timing always and miss the correct notes on the 1/2/3/4s.

The same thing happens with scales when I try eighth notes with them.

Does anyone have any tips in overcoming this or is this just a "keep carrying on" sort of exercise?

(I've been practicing these 8th notes for over a month now with the same result every time)
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#2
well firstly that riff is 16th notes, and secondly there's no need for it to be alternate picking- in fact, you're probably making it harder for yourself by doing so.

Using your metronome, stomp your foot or slap your leg with your hand that same time as the beeps/ticks/whatever sound it makes. Then once you're locked in with that rhythm, try and "halve" it by stomping on the "and" inbetween the beeps. Then try it with guitar. Play a note- any note- on the beeps, then halve it so you're playing twice as many notes.

Metronomes can be tricky at first if you're unsure, but keep practising and you WILL get it
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well firstly that riff is 16th notes, and secondly there's no need for it to be alternate picking- in fact, you're probably making it harder for yourself by doing so.


I was starting slowly! :P

Quote by SilverSpurs616

Using your metronome, stomp your foot or slap your leg with your hand that same time as the beeps/ticks/whatever sound it makes. Then once you're locked in with that rhythm, try and "halve" it by stomping on the "and" inbetween the beeps. Then try it with guitar. Play a note- any note- on the beeps, then halve it so you're playing twice as many notes.

Metronomes can be tricky at first if you're unsure, but keep practising and you WILL get it


I guess it's a try until I succeed thing, it's just a little awkward to do. But I will succeed!

Thanks for you advice.
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