Alternate Picking

author: Metallicuh date: 07/05/2010 category: guitar techniques

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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
|--------------------------------------------------------------------|
|--------------------------------------------------------------------|
|--------------------------------------------------------------------|
|--------------------------------------------------------------------|
|-----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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