Alternate Picking

How to increase your speed by alternate picking.

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Today we will learn about alternate picking and how to get Fast at it. Lets Start! Alternate Picking is just picking in alternate strokes. Example: Downstroke,upstroke,Downstroke,upstroke.....etc an example of songs that are required to do this is Rattlehead by Megadeth
Eb|---------------------------------------------------------------------
Bb|---------------------------------------------------------------------
Gb|---------------------------------------------------------------------
Db|------0-7-7-0-5-5--0-8-8-0-7-7-0-5-5--0-0-7-7-0-5-5--0-8-8-0-7-7-0-0-
Ab|---------------------------------------------------------------------
Eb|---------------------------------------------------------------------
Take Your Time with it eventually you will get it I also know a couple of exercises that will help you with alternate picking
D U D U D U D U D U D U D U D U D U D U D U D U
e|-----------------------------------------5-6-7-8---------------------------|
B|---------------------------------5-6-7-8-----------------------------------|
G|-------------------------5-6-7-8-------------------------------------------|
D|-----------------5-6-7-8---------------------------------------------------|
A|---------5-6-7-8-----------------------------------------------------------|
E|-5-6-7-8-------------------------------------------------------------------|
And Come Down. Do not worry about speed. Worry about Clarity and Precision. If all you care about is speed then you won't get that far with your guitar. Try Alternate Picking with your scales
   D U D U D U D U D U D U D U D U D U D U D U
e|---------------------5-8---------------------------------------------------|
B|-----------------5-8-----5-8-----------------------------------------------|
G|-------------5-7-------------5-7-------------------------------------------|
D|---------5-7---------------------5-7---------------------------------------|
A|-----5-7-----------------------------5-7-----------------------------------|
E|-5-8-------------------------------------5-8-------------------------------|
Again Just Focus on Clarity and Precision if you hear palm mutes, buzzing, or the wrong note start over and keep trying until you get it right. If you don't you are only hurting yourself. Use your own exercises with alternate picking. Because the best exercises are the ones that you make up. Once You get the concept down Try Master of Puppets
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|-----2-----3-----4-----3-----2-2-----2-----3------5\4---5\4---5\4---|
|-0-1---0-1---0-1---0-1---0-1-----0-1---0-1---0-0--3\2-0-3\2-0-3\2---|
Some people like to call fast alternate picking Tremolo Picking Songs Like One by Metallica use it
e|---------------------------------------------------------------|
b|---------------------------------------------------------------|
g|---------------------------------------------------------------|
D|-------------2--------------2--------------2--------------2-3--|
A|-------------2--------------2--------------2--------------2-3--|
E|-0-0-0-0-0-0----0-0-0-0-0-0----0-0-0-0-0-0----0-0-0-0-0-0------|
These Metallica songs require you to Alternate pick if you want to sound the same as they do pretty much. Good Luck =)

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    Trowzaa
    illyria wrote: These Metallica songs require you to Alternate pick if you want to sound the same as they do pretty much. according to friend of mine many trash metal bands including metallica use mainly downpicks for the "crunchy" sound they produce
    Good luck doing One with downpicks then. Good lesson mate.
    krypticguitar87
    you would try to hit the note as many times as you can
    sorry i meant as many times as you can with in one beat.
    krypticguitar87
    Some people like to call fast alternate picking Tremolo Picking
    Sorry to break it to ya but there is a difference between alternate picking and tremelo picking. Alternate picking is just a technique used to pick up your speed. tremello picking is taking a note and striking it as many times as you can with in the note value. it is usually in a combination of notes. like if you took a series of four quarter notes that decend from B to A to G to E, you would try to hit the note as many times as you can. the exact number of notes is not necessary just the rhythm of them.
    MaJoR.
    Master of Puppets as well as many other Metallica songs are, for the the most part, downpicked. However, Dave mustaine of MEGADETH uses mostly alternate-picking.
    illyria
    These Metallica songs require you to Alternate pick if you want to sound the same as they do pretty much.
    according to friend of mine many trash metal bands including metallica use mainly downpicks for the "crunchy" sound they produce