#1
Hi. So am doing the exercise in this video
http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=TZURmRPQPjA
When going from 12-11 on the e string I can do it pretty fast but when I have to go to the b string I keep hitting it open. I think the problem is my left hand? Is there there any other tips that can help be speed pick when crossing strings?
Thanks!
#2
The problem is that you're trying to do more than you're able to. Slow down until you can play it properly and get it really good and comfortable at that speed before trying to move up any more.

The problem is almost certainly synchronisation more than anything else.
#3
+1, Slow and steady wins the race!

Go slow, speed will come!

Also, if your pick flexes too much, it cause a "lag" at some point. If you are using something like .70 thickness, try something thicker.
#4
Thanks! I've alway used dunlop Orange 0.60. Most 'shredders ' use thicker picks but I can't get used to them, anyway Paul Gilbert and Buckethead use them!

What's exercise do you recommend and how long a day?
Last edited by Guitar137335 at Oct 30, 2014,
#5
Quote by Guitar137335
Thanks! I've alway used dunlop Orange 0.60. Most 'shredders ' use thicker picks but I can't get used to them, anyway Paul Gilbert and Buckethead use them!

What's exercise do you recommend and how long a day?

I find it helps to ease your way into thicker picks. I started with .60 too, then switched to .73, and now I'm using .88. It's a lot easier to adapt one step at a time than just switching from .60 straight to jazz IIIs (1.38mm) or something.

I'm not even close to being a "shredder" by any means, but the best exercises in general are those which work on your weaknesses. You can only play as fast as the slowest part of your playing. Since you are struggling with the left hand specifically work on finger independence exercises and minimizing the movement of your fingers.

http://www.insaneguitar.com/mc/alternate.html">These are some of the best alternate picking exercises I've ever found. The site is no longer up but there is an archived version of the whole site http://www.insaneguitar.com/">here


As everyone always says, play about as fast as you can CLEANLY play, and the speed will come with time. You are building up muscle memory so you don't want to build up muscle memory of doing things wrong.