Right Hand Economy And Left Hand Agility

This was origionally ment to help somebody on the forum with his problems switching strings on his right hand. I ended up spending a few hours getting it down, so decided it might be able to help others.

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Alright, some of these aren't perfect, but then again this is my first lesson... Once again this is for somebody that was having a problem with right hand accuracy on the forum, I wanted to help him with this, so I started writing this lesson, I spent about 3 hours on it so decided to share this with everyone else... When you play these exercises, be sure you are playing in an even tempo, use this metronome I customized, you can adjust the tempo to your liking. I also took the liberty to mark down the beep, click, click, click metronome timing... [b= beep, c=click.] The picking style is also very important aswell, alternate picking can become very sloppy, try to use economy picking. Essentially economy picking is the same as sweep picking... If the string you wish to pick is below the one you are currently picking, then pick down, and if it is above, pick up... So basically an example would be.... ep1
1|            x         x 
2|   x    x    x   x
3|      x         x

      d u d du u d d
Or ep2
1|
2| x  x         x  x  
3|        x  x         x  x
    d  u u  d  d  u u d\

fig1
  b     c         c   c        b   c        c   c
1|              |            |            |            |
2|              |            |            |            |
3|              |            |            |            |
4|              |            |   8   10   | 7   9      |
5|    8    10   | 7   9      | 7   9      |   8  10    |
6| 7    9       |   8   10   |            |            |
   d- d-u--d    | u-u-d-u    | d-d-u--d   | u-u-d-u
+++++
u=upstroke, d=downstroke
Do that on any string\fret you wish, and then if you want to start working on skips
fig2
  b    c          c   c 
1|              |            |    
2|              |            |     
3|              |            |    
4|   8   10     | 7   9      |      
5|              |            | 
6| 7   9        |   8   10   |    
   d d u d        u u d u
Also another one that I "invented/or not"
fig3
    b  c        c     c
1|            |
2|            | 
3|         8  | 5
4|  7         |       6 
5|     6      |    7
6|5           |          8
  d d u   d     u  u  d  u
On those ones, if you master them, start double or triple picking each note
fig 4a
Also my favorite....
  b.......c.......c.......c.......b.......c.......c.......c.......b......
 /=======================================================================\
1|-------|-------|-------|-------|-------|-------|-------|-------|-------|
2|-------|-------|-------|-------|-------|-------|-------|-------|-------|
3|-------|-------|-------|-------|-------|-------|-------|-------|-------|
4|-------|-------|-------|-------|-------|5------|5-6----|5-6-7--|5-6-7-8|
5|-------|5------|5-6----|5-6-7--|5-6-7-8|--6-7-8|----7-8|------8|-------|
6|5-6-7-8|--6-7-8|----7-8|------8|-------|-------|-------|-------|-------|
 |d-u-d-u|d-u-d-u|d-u-u-d|d-u-d-u|d-u-d-u|d-u-d-u|d-u-u-d|d-u-d-u|d-u-d-u|
 \=======================================================================/
 
fig4b
 c.......c.......c.......b.......c.......c.......c.......b......
 /===============================================================\
1|-------|-------|-------|-------|-------|-------|-------|-------|
2|-------|-------|-------|-------|5------|5-6----|5-6-7--|5-6-7-8|
3|5------|5-6----|5-6-7--|5-6-7-8|--6-7-8|----7-8|------8|-------|
4|--6-7-8|----7-8|------8|-------|-------|-------|-------|-------|
5|-------|-------|-------|-------|-------|-------|-------|-------|
6|-------|-------|-------|-------|-------|-------|-------|-------|
 |d-u-d-u|d-u-u-d|d-u-d-u|d-u-d-u|d-u-d-u|d-u-u-u|d-u-d-d|d-u-d-u|
 \===============================================================/
fig4c
  c.......c.......c.......b......
 /===============================\
1|5------|5-6----|5-6-7--|5-6-7-8|
2|--6-7-8|----7-8|------8|-------|
3|-------|-------|-------|-------|
4|-------|-------|-------|-------|
5|-------|-------|-------|-------|
6|-------|-------|-------|-------|
 |d-u-d-u|d-u-u-d|d-u-d-u|d-u-d-u|
 \===============================/
Play that up the fret board, if I screwed up with the up down picking order for economy, please let me know; Also if you REALLY want a challenge play that going backwards... don't feel like tabbing it. IF you have any questions either mail me here, or email me.

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    bloodoath6136
    Trust me amy, talk about relearning guitar, For 5 years I held my pick with four fingers, alt picked always starting with a down stroke... =/ I spent about 4 straight months practicing these ex's, and now its a second nature Its worth it.
    jensfg
    Woohoo! I think the exercises are a bit weird - they could've been made better But I still think this lesson is great ;
    bloodoath6136
    Hah sorry man I wrote it in like 2 hours for someone off the forum, its my first lesson... If you can tell me how I can make it better I will be more than willing to do so...
    amynjimmy
    ive been alternate pickin for so long im gonna have to rap my head around this one for a while
    bloodoath6136
    wadsh wrote: Can you give a good stretching exercise? Sorry for asking this question. I just want to learn how to stretch properly my left hand(fretting hand). Is it okey for you? tnx
    Sure bud, a really easy one, but very effective is to start on your 5th string with your index finger, and use your left wrist to roll your next finger to the 7th, up by two frets each time, so itd be 6| 5---7---9---11---9---7---5 It will be really wierd feeling at first but it will start becoming more natural
    prateak
    Can you give a good stretching exercise? Sorry for asking this question. I just want to learn how to stretch properly my left hand(fretting hand). Is it okey for you? tnx
    for streching play police- every breath you take it really helped me
    wadsh
    Is it really a 5th string? What is the purpose of 6 their?
    wadsh
    Can you give a good stretching exercise? Sorry for asking this question. I just want to learn how to stretch properly my left hand(fretting hand). Is it okey for you? tnx