Nine Alternate Picking Licks To Improve Accuracy And Speed

My first short lesson that will give you nine licks to work on to improve your alternate picking skills. They're all my opinion so don't flame on me if you disagree!

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This is my first lesson, so go easy on me. Have nine awesome licks! This lesson is going to be about the only thing I really consider myself decent at, alternate picking. I'm not going to go into details about the technique itself, but rather give these nine licks you can use to improve accuracy and speed. They'll all be from songs so you can relate to them and have fun, rather than endlessly play boring scales and exercises. As always, play them slow and build up speed as you improve, but always remember to be accurate. If you're playing fast and sloppily, there's no way you'll improve. And above all, have fun. 1. Easy That Was Just Your Life - Metallica
e|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|-----------7-----------------7-----------------7-------------------------|
E|--000--5-6---6-5-6--000--5-6---6-5-6--000--5-6---6-5-6---5-3-5-6-5-3-2-1-|
My Apocalypse - Metallica
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|------------------|------------------|
|------------------|--7/6---7/6---7/6-|
|------------------|--x-----x-----x---|
|--5h7-------------|--5/4---5/4---5/4-|
|--0---0-0-0-0-0-0-|------------------|
Seek And Destroy - Metallica
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|------------------------|------------------------|
|------------------------|------------------------|
|------------------------|-------------------5----|
|------------------------|----------------------7-|
|-0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0-|-0--0--0--0--7--6-------|
Those three licks shouldn't trouble you too much, and on top of that they're a helluva lot of fun to play. Same as usual, if you find them difficult play them slow and right, then build up the speed. 2. Intermediate Constant Motion - Dream Theatre
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----------------------|------------------5-------|
------7-5-7-5---8-5---|------7-5-7-5---8---7-----|
--0-5---------6-----6-|--0-5---------6-------8-6-|
 
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----------------------|------------------5-------------|
------7-5-7-5---8-5---|------7-5-7-5---8---7-----3-2---|
--0-5---------6-----6-|--0-5---------6-------8-6-----1-|
Angel of Death - Slayer
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|---------------------------|---------------------------|
|---------------------------|---------------------------|
|---------------------------|---------------------------|
|-2-----------------------3-|-3-----------------------4-|
|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-|-1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-2-|
 
|-------------------------------|-----------------|
|-------------------------------|-----------------|
|-------------------------------|-----------------|
|-------------------------------|-----------------|
|-4-----------------------------|-------7-(7)--6--|
|-2-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|-1-0-1-5-(5)--4--|
Bloodstained Cross - Arch Enemy
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|----------------------------------------|-------------------------------------|
|----------------------------------------|-------------------------------------|
|----------------------------------------|-----------------------------8-(8)\--|
|-/12h13p12S10h12p10-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|-12h13p12S10h12p10-0-0-0-0-6-6-(6)\--|
|----------------------------------------|---------------------------0-6-(6)\--|
These licks are definitely more difficult. Constant Motion will improve your accuracy at fretting and alternate picking, while the other two riffs, if played correctly, will build up your speed a lot. 3. Advanced Holy Wars The Punishment Due - Megadeth
e|-----------------------------------|
B|-----------------------------------|
G|-----------------------------------|
D|-----------------------------------|
A|-5-6-7---------------------------2-|
E|--------5-6-7--7-6-5--5-4-3--5-5-0-|
Technical Difficulties - Racer X
|------------3-----2-----3-----2---2-|-3-2---3-----2-----3-----2-----|
|----------3---1-1---1-1---1-1---1---|-----1---1-1---1-1---1-1-----3-|
|----------7-------------------------|---------------------------4-5-|
|-----9-10---------------------------|-------------------------------|
|-10-12------------------------------|-------------------------------|
|------------------------------------|-------------------------------|
Bleed For Me - Black Label Society
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|-----------------------10-12-13-10-12-13----------------------|
|10-12-13-10-12-13---------------------------------------------|
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In my mind, these would be some of the hardest alternate picking licks to master. Some people may disagree, but this is my opinion. All I can say is good luck. Anyway, there are nine licks to work with that I hope will help your alternate picking. I wouldn't try and say I'm very good at it, which is why I decided to choose nine so I can improve. I guess this is as much for me as well as all of you. Don't hate me too much if you don't like the order of the licks, or think there are harder ones. This is my opinion. So get that axe out, put up the horns and get playing!

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    LeoKisomma
    I Think that although the palm muting was missed out on the technical difficulties tab, this is a very good place for guys who are new to alternate picking to start out. I've been writing lessons for a while and I can safely say that there are far worse lessons than this one out there!
    FuruiShin
    What's up with this Technical Difficulties... this riff involves some P.M -.-. Besides if you think that those are 'the hardest' i've got nothing to say... Quite useless one.
    chitbhanu
    The technical difficulties one kinda fails in your tab..also, Glasgow Kiss is pretty awesome for alternate picking.
    mhtsos
    Your tab for technical difficulties is a huge fail.Seriously this site is full of correct versions of it,where did you find that one?
    fgopl
    These exercises help a lot, especially if your ego's not gigantic.