#1
Sup lads. I need something clariffied about alt. picking. Say you're playing some kind of a chromatic exercise that goes 1-2-3 on 6th string, and the same pattern for the rest of the strings. If I'm starting by picking with a down up down pattern, does that mean the next string will have to up down up, is this a strict rule for alternate picking and do I also do this when string skipping, say from 6th string to the 4th? I've been playing for a month or so and I've been using alternate picking, but I don't pay attention to it when changing strings. I've tried doing this, but I have to play slowly and really concentrate, so does it become natural over time to do this when changing strings?
#2
pick like this v= down ^=up

   v ^ v
e|-3-2-1-------
         ^ v ^
B|-------3-2-1-
               v ^ v
G|-------------3-2-1-

Last edited by imposiitin at Sep 20, 2007,
#3
Right thanks. Does this eventually come to you naturally without needing to pay attention to string changes?
#6
It feels awkward at first but once it becomes second nature, you'll never notice it. Once that happens, try the reverse...start the exercise with an upstroke. Sometimes starting a run that way makes the whole thing easier by the middle or end. Sometimes two downstrokes or upstrokes helps things. Experiment. Have fun.