#1
I've found that the best way to improve one's alternate picking ability is to practice patterns that force the fingers to move in unnatural and awkward ways. In case anyone is having trouble with their alternate picking technique, I figured I might as well post some of the exercises I use when I practice. Most of them involve inside picking, string skipping, or other awkward hand movements.

Here are a few of them, I'll post some sound clips later on.

Figure 1: This riffs involves both string skipping and inside picking. Of course, use strict alternate picking throughout.

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|----14-12-------14-12-------|
|----------13----------13----|
|-12----------12-------------|
|----------------------------|
|----------------------------|


Figure 2: This one should give you some trouble

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|-----0-----0--------|
|-------0-3---0-5----|
|-0-3----------------|
|--------------------|


Figure 3: Here's a Satriani lick for you. This one's from Crushing Day.

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|-------0-3-0-5-0-3-0---------------0-3-0-5-0-3-0----|
|-0-5-5---------------5-0-3-5-0-3-5------------------|
|----------------------------------------------------|
|----------------------------------------------------|


Figure 4: This one's pure speed. Sit down with a metronome and practice. 16th notes at 180bpm shouldn't be difficult at all with a little time.

|----------------------------------------------------------------|
|-------12-13-12----------12----------12-13-12----------12-------|
|-12-14----------14-12-14----14-12-14----------14-12-14----14----|
|----------------------------------------------------------------|
|----------------------------------------------------------------|
|----------------------------------------------------------------|


Figure 5: Anyone who can't identify this riff shouldn't be playing the guitar.

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|----------------------11-9-7--------------|
|---7-11-7----9-11-9-7--------11-9-7-------|
|-9--------11------------------------11----|
Someones knowledge of guitar companies spelling determines what amps you can own. Really smart people can own things like Framus because they sound like they might be spelled with a "y" but they aren't.
Last edited by Archeo Avis at Mar 5, 2007,
#2
Quote by Archeo Avis
Figure 4: This one's pure speed. Sit down with a metronome and practice. 18th notes at 180bpm shouldn't be difficult at all with a little time.


I'm not that good at 18th notes
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#3
Quote by psychodelia
I'm not that good at 18th notes


*hits with newspaper*

Stop making me look bad you bastard.
Someones knowledge of guitar companies spelling determines what amps you can own. Really smart people can own things like Framus because they sound like they might be spelled with a "y" but they aren't.
#4
Quote by Archeo Avis
I've found that the best way to improve one's alternate picking ability is to practice patterns that force the fingers to move in unnatural and awkward ways. In case anyone is having trouble with their alternate picking technique, I figured I might as well post some of the exercises I use when I practice. Most of them involve inside picking, string skipping, or other awkward hand movements.

Here are a few of them, I'll post some sound clips later on.

Figure 1: This riffs involves both string skipping and inside picking. Of course, use strict alternate picking throughout.

|----------------------------|
|----14-12-------14-12-------|
|----------13----------13----|
|-12----------12-------------|
|----------------------------|
|----------------------------|


Figure 2: This one should give you some trouble

|--------------------|
|--------------------|
|-----0-----0--------|
|-------0-3---0-5----|
|-0-3----------------|
|--------------------|


Figure 3: Here's a Satriani lick for you. This one's from Crushing Day.

|----------------------------------------------------|
|----------------------------------------------------|
|-------0-3-0-5-0-3-0---------------0-3-0-5-0-3-0----|
|-0-5-5---------------5-0-3-5-0-3-5------------------|
|----------------------------------------------------|
|----------------------------------------------------|


Figure 4: This one's pure speed. Sit down with a metronome and practice. 16th notes at 180bpm shouldn't be difficult at all with a little time.

|----------------------------------------------------------------|
|-------12-13-12----------12----------12-13-12----------12-------|
|-12-14----------14-12-14----14-12-14----------14-12-14----14----|
|----------------------------------------------------------------|
|----------------------------------------------------------------|
|----------------------------------------------------------------|


Figure 5: Anyone who can't identify this riff shouldn't be playing the guitar.

|------------------------------------------|
|------------------------------------------|
|------------------------------------------|
|----------------------11-9-7--------------|
|---7-11-7----9-11-9-7--------11-9-7-------|
|-9--------11------------------------11----|


why exactly is it that if you dont know a violin riff you shouldnt be playing guitar?
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#5
Was it necessary to quote the entire post?
Someones knowledge of guitar companies spelling determines what amps you can own. Really smart people can own things like Framus because they sound like they might be spelled with a "y" but they aren't.
#6
What riff is it?

It sounds slightly familiar, but i cant even come close to guessing
#7
Quote by Archeo Avis
Was it necessary to quote the entire post?


yes

no
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