Beginners Guide To Alternate Picking

This is just a easy guide to alternate picking for beginners. This is a skill that requires practice but pays of in the end! If you want to play fast or amazing lightning speed solos then this is for you!

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Alternate picking is a form of picking used by many different types of music genres. It is what helps you play more notes with less use of your hand therefore sparing it of a lot of pain once you get this down! To start off To alternate pick choose a string. I suggest the E or the High E string for starters. You want to start with your traditional down stroke and then move back up on the same string so it's basically a down and up movement on a chosen string. Use this for a easy practice:
E|--------------------------------3-4-5---------------------------
B|--------------------------3-4-5-------5-4-3---------------------
G|--------------------3-4-5-------------------3-2-1---------------
D|--------------3-4-5-------------------------------1-2-3---------
A|-------3-4-5--------------------------------------------3-4-5---
E|3-4-5---------------------------------------------------------7-
This is a beginner intro to alternate picking so that was very basic! Use it to make your own melodies and practices! Oh yeah try using a metronome to help you build up speed! Try starting at something slow like 50 bpm for starters! I hope I helped those of you who are just starting to alternate pick!

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    Mezmerus
    well John, this is a lesson, but a lesson made in like 10 minutes. To bad this only has 1 example, and even that one is for economic picking.
    CasterOfStars
    John Cummings wrote: was that a lesson?
    Yeah sorry I just posted one example and this is the typical lesson on Ultimate Guitar. Sorry if I disappointed you. This was my first lesson I'll learn from it!