#1
Ive searched the forum but I couldnt find any concrete excercises on how to improve alternate picking. Can you guys give me a link to excercises please? Also lets say for example I have this excercise...

--------------------^--5--^-------------------------
----------------v---5------5----v---------------------
-----------^---6----------------6---^------------------
------v----7--------------------------7----v--------------
--^--7-------------------------------------7---^----------
--5---------------------------------------------5---------


The only place when its beneficial to alternate pick is when you have more then one note on the same string right? In this example, you dont have more then one note on a string so there would be no point to alternate pick this. right?

Thanks.
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Last edited by The Iron Man at May 23, 2006,
#2
Well practing that in alternate picking would probably really improve your string skipping skills.

Though as far as practicallity goes, it'd be easier just to economy/sweep pick that
#3
try

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--------------------------------------------------------

Ascending and then descending? Any help?
#4
Quote by Malakian=God
try

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--------------------------------------------------------

Ascending and then descending? Any help?

Ya I can do that really easily. Thanks for the input though.
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#5
Quote by Malakian=God
try

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--------------------------------------------------------

Ascending and then descending? Any help?


3 notes per string is where its at IMO. The biggest I problem I have is skipping over strings to keep the alternate thing going with odd #s of notes per string

Other than that to drag out excersizes like that a bit I go 3 strings in one direction than 1 string backwards and so on.
Last edited by seljer at May 23, 2006,
#6
Maybe I should just practise all the songs I know in alternate and that would be good? I think Black Dog seems great to learn in alternate picking.
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#7
If you get bored of that jus mess around like

---4-3-2-1
or
--1-3-4--
or
1-2-3-4-2-3-4-5-3-4-5-6-4-5-6-7-5-6-7-8 etc.....

On each string. Thats wat i used 2 do to get my speed up.
#8
I've been doing a whole 'speed' series at the Harmony Central Lesson Loft for the past couple years. Some technical trouble with the boards has caused some trouble with the files, so read carefully when it comes to finding them.

Anyway, most, but not all, deal with alternate picking, and you should find lots of stuff to work on!

http://acapella.harmony-central.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=1119721
#9
Maybe I should just practise all the songs I know in alternate and that would be good? I think Black Dog seems great to learn in alternate picking.


Yeah its good to do things like that cos it is achallange to learn the song, and also its fun. Its a change from the excersizes i showed u as they can become boring pretty quickly.
I used to practice excersizes for bout 15 or 20 minitues each day to get better with the technique aspect of playing, and then would jus play whatever i wanted until i got bored. When i did this i actually began to see a change in my playing. Anyway, hope i was of some help.