#1
Afternoon all, i had my 7th guitar lesson last night where we learnt the 'Blues Scale'.

Whilst i was playing this the tutor said i need to start alternate picking as at the moment im only hitting strings on a down stroke.

I tried this last night with the Blues Scale. I learnt the scale fairly easy and can play it now without thought but when i try to alternate pick i tend to mess up 8 out of 10 times as at the moment it doesnt feel natural. Im focusing so much on my picking that i tend to make mistakes with my other hand!!

How long does this technique usually take to pick up? I was sort of getting the hang of it a bit last night but when i went to alternate ( do an upstroke instead of a downstroke etc ) i lost my rhythm again.

At least my tutor has identified this problem now, i think if he'd hav left it any longer it might have taken me ages to change my style / habit.

Thanks

AdamC
#2
It depends how much you practice.

Just take one string, and alternate pick on it open.
Dont press any frets yet, just keep alternate picking it, try to get a rhythm going, then start to switch strings quickly.

After you can switch strings, start to play single notes on one string and go on from there.
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#3
I'll try that mate, thanks

Ill tell you what, that Blues Scale sounds good. Its relatively difficult to master but ok for a beginner to pick up - i like how it gets your fingers moving fast as well - yes i am easily pleased!!

AdamC