Right Hand Strength and Picking

author: freedom13245 date: 04/24/2014 category: correct practice

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Right Hand Strength and Picking
Alternate picking is great but sometimes it's very hard or IMPOSSIBLE to play with alternate picking only and you have to play in other ways. These are some very nice and useful alternate picking and sweep picking exercises I took from Al Di Meola and some I created by myself to build up accuracy (the MOST important thing), speed and strength for the RIGHT hand, which is the limit for every guitarist. On every exercise I tried to play music and not meaningless patterns that sounds horrible. Try to play every at 90bpm and increase every time by 5/10 bpm. 

d - downstroke
u - upstroke
--X4 - play 4 times
... - repeat the pattern

Ex. 1

Em D C B
e|------7-----7-----7-----7--|------5-----|------3-----|------2------|
B|----8-----8-----8-----8----|----7---X4--|----5---X4--|----4---X4---|
G|--9-----9-----9-----9------|--7---------|--5---------|--4----------|
D|---------------------------|------------|------------|-------------|
A|---------------------------|------------|------------|-------------|
E|---------------------------|------------|------------|-------------|
d d u d d u d d u d d u d d u d d u
1 &2 &3 &4

Ex. 2

Like ex. 1 (Em D C B) but different pattern.

Em
e|--7------|
B|----8----|
G|------9--| ... D C B
D|---------|
A|---------|
E|---------|
u u d
1

Ex. 3

Play ex. 1 and ex. 2 together.

Em
e|------7-7---------7-7------|---
B|----8-----8-----8-----8----|---
G|--9---------9-9---------9--|--- ... D C B
D|---------------------------|---
A|---------------------------|---
E|---------------------------|---
d d u u u d d d u u u d
1 &2 &3 &4

Ex. 4 in A maj

e|--5-7-9--5-7-9--5-7-9--5-7-9--|--4-5-7--X4--|--2-4-5--X4--|--4-5-7--X4--|
d u d u d u d u d u d u
d u d d u d d u d d u d ...
1 &2 &3 &4

Ex. 5

Like ex. 4 but play:
e|--9-7-5--9-7-5--- ...
d u d u d u
d u d d u d

Ex. 6

You can do this one with every kind of scale, just play every note twice with alternate picking and then EVERY NOTE downstroke (like you did at the beginnings) from E to e and upstroke from e to E.

Cm
e|---------------------|------------------------------------3-3--4-4--6-6--|
B|---------------------|---------------------3-3--4-4--6-6-----------------|
G|---------------------|-----------3-3--5-5--------------------------------|
D|-----------------3-3-|--5-5--6-6-----------------------------------------|
A|--3-3--5-5--6-6------|---------------------------------------------------|
E|---------------------|---------------------------------------------------|
d u d u d u d u d u d u d u d u ...
d d d d d d d d d d ...
u u u u u u u u u u ... (from e to E: e B C ...)
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