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Alternate Picking

Updated: Jan 28, 2022

Alternate Picking was one of the hardest things I had to learn on Guitar. I had a really messed up technique back when I was a youngling. I was using Speed Picking only and I was really tense all the time. Eventually I damaged my arms and wrists and couldn't play for almost a year. Obviously I panicked and became obsessed with having a good technique and learning how to control every little part of my hands. I spent 4-5 years trying to develop a good technique and that included learning Alternate Picking to the best of my abilities. Now, I am NOT a Guitar jedi master, but I do know a thing or two about learning and developing a good, solid Alternate Picking technique. And by the way, if you're struggling with Alternate Picking, just like I did, go study Kiko Loureiro's playing. I learned all I know about picking just by watching his videos and copying his movements. That guys is a genius. So, let's get to it: For the next exercises, try holding your pick really tight, play really accurately and really feel each movement your fingers make. This is just for when you're practicing, and just for 5-10 minutes, once you're out there playing, you should never tense up your hands by holding the pick too tight or pressing the strings too much. and just to remind you, never move your pick in the same direction twice. 1. Picking Hand Accuracy Start by mutig the strings with your left hand and playing each string, from the lowest string to the highest and back, 4 times (down, up, down, up). Then do the same with 3 strokes per string. Here's the tab for it: 4 strokes per string:

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