Welcome to Part 2 of the Alternate Picking Guitar Lesson series. In part 1 you learnt about the basics behind the technique and you learnt an exercise to develop the skill at its basic level.
The following exercise is taken from my eBook Â The Ultimate Practise- PlannerÂ which uses all the information from my intermediate to advanced guitar eBookÂ Be The GuitaristÂ and lays it out in practise routines to ensure you have a balanced practise.
Exercise 1.1- Basic Alternate Picking Around the Fretboard
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Your emphasis here should be on keeping your fingers close to the fretboard and always maintaining contact with the fretboard at all times. This exercise will not only build a fluent alternate picking technique but will build strength in your left hand between the finger groups.
As mentioned inÂ part 1Â you should use a metronome Generic Cialis to gauge your progress and never increase the speed if you are playing sloppy at the current bpm. Take note of your improvement if you are using my practise planner eBook and you will be surprised how much your bpm settings increase over a month!
Exercise 1.2- 1/16th Note Alternate Picking
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Taking a very similar approach as exercise 1.1 but now making the rhythmic sub- devision 1/16th notes, meaning you play 4 notes per a beat/ click instead of 2. If you are playing exercise 1.1 at 100 bpm then you will possibly need to set it to 60 bpm and try Ex 1.2.
I hope you have enjoyed this lesson and come back for Part 3 where you will progress further into this right hand technique. Remember, accuracy over speed.
Keep Practising and have fun!