Improving Picking Accuracy

author: dc-boy date: 08/10/2011 category: for beginners

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Exercise 1:
 
e|-----------------------------------------6-7-8-9---------------|
B|---------------------------------5-6-7-8-----------------------|
G|-------------------------4-5-6-7-------------------------------|
D|-----------------3-4-5-6---------------------------------------|
A|---------2-3-4-5-----------------------------------------------|
E|-1-2-3-4-------------------------------------------------------|
 
e|-9-10-11-12----------------------------------------------------|
B|------------10-11-12-13----------------------------------------|
G|------------------------11-12-13-14----------------------------|
D|------------------------------------12-13-14-15----------------|
A|------------------------------------------------13-14-15-16----|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------|
 
e|---------------------------------------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------------------------------------|
G|---------------------------------------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------------------------|
E|-14-15-16-17---------------------------------------------------|
I use my 1st 2nd 3rd and 4th fingers on the frets and use alternate picking with my right hand. What I suggest is that you run up and down this a few times until you can play it without any mistakes. I would advise on using a metronome to improve your timing aswell, play a note each click and then try 2 notes per click then 4 and so on. Increase the BPM and this will help improve accuracy and speed.
Exercise 2: 
 
e|---------------------------------------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------------------------------------|
G|-------------------------------------------12-14-------12-14---|
D|-------------------------12-14-------12-14-------12-14---------|
A|-------12-14-------12-14-------12-14---------------------------|
E|-12-15-------12-15---------------------------------------------|
 
e|--------------------12-15-------12-15--------------------------|
B|-12-15-------12-15--------12-15--------------------------------|
G|-------12-14---------------------------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------|
As you can see this is just the E minor pentatonic scale. What I like to do is take any scale (I chose this as it is an easy one to start with) and play 2 strings and then go back to the previous string then carry on up the scale. This means you play the E and A strings then go back to the E string, the next to strings are A and D and so on. This is also a good exercise to keep learning scales fun. I recommend using alternate picking for this aswell. This is my first lesson on Ultimate Guitar and I hope that it helps some people improve their playing. I cannot stress enough the importance of using a metronome to help build on your speed, timing and accuracy. DC Boy
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