Alternate Picking Speed & Accuracy

Learn exercises and methods that will increase the speed and accuaracy of your alternate picking.
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  • Lectures 83
  • Length 3.5 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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Published 5/2016 English

Course Description

Have you ever wondered how guitarists like John Petrucci, Jeff Loomis, and Steve Morse achieve such speed and precision in their alternate picking?

Well, we are going to break down the technical details of alternate picking to its smallest parts and use a step-by-step approach to build your alternate picking technique from the ground up so you can take your guitar playing to the next level.

You will start with exercises that isolate the left hand and right hand. Then you will move on to topics such as:

  • Single String Technique
  • Inside and Outside Picking
  • String Skipping
  • One Note Per String

As you master each new technique, you are presented with fun-to-play etudes that you will learn and then play back over included, full band backing tracks. Backing tracks are provided at various tempos so you can progress at your own rate.

If you have been looking for the answer to the alternate picking mastery, look no further.


What are the requirements?

  • A metronome is required but a free download of the one used in the course is provided.
  • Adobe Reader or another application to view PDFs is required to view the tablature resources
  • An mp3 player is required to play the downloadable backing tracks.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Improve their alternate picking on guitar
  • Play etudes along with a backing track that focus on different alternate picking challenges
  • Develop a practice regimen that will help them improve long after the course is complete
  • Learn correct ways to practice for speed and accuracy

What is the target audience?

  • This course is suited for new or veteran guitar players that would like to increase the speed and accuracy of their alternate picking.
  • No prior experience is experience is needed. However, it would be helpful to have at least some knowledge of scales.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

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Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.

Curriculum

Section 1: Introduction
00:53

Welcome to the course!

10:50

This lecture may be the most important lecture in the entire course. I urge you to not skip this lecture.

How To Use This Course
03:23
TempoPerfect Metronome Demo and Free Download
02:09
How To Hold The Pick
05:34
Section 2: Right Hand Isolation Exercises
Right Hand Isolation Part 1
03:42
00:35

This is the drum track for right hand (pick hand) isolation exercise 1. Use the player controls to speed up or slow down the drum track.

Right Hand Isolation Part 2
01:31
00:42

This is the drum track for right hand (pick hand) isolation exercise 2.
Use the player controls to speed up or slow down the drum track.

Right Hand Isolation Part 3
01:59
00:59

This is the drum track for right hand (pick hand) isolation exercise 3.
Use the player controls to speed up or slow down the drum track.

Right Hand Isolation Part 4
02:14
01:00

This is the drum track for right hand (pick hand) isolation exercise 4.
Use the player controls to speed up or slow down the drum track.

Right Hand Isolation Part 5
01:41
00:33

This is the drum track for right hand (pick hand) isolation exercise 5.
Use the player controls to speed up or slow down the drum track.

Section 3: Left Hand Isolation exercises
Left Hand Isolation Part 1
03:13
Left Hand Isolation Part 2 - Exercise 1
04:05
Drum Track for Left Hand Isolation Exercise 1
00:35
Left Hand Isolation Part 3 - Exercises 2-5
04:21
Drum Track for Left Hand Isolation Exercise 2 through 5
00:42
Section 4: Single String Technique
Single String Exercises - Part 1
08:32
Single String Exercises - Part 2
05:56
Single String Exercises - Part 3
02:39
Section 5: Practice Modes
Static Speed Practice Mode
02:13
Ramp Speed Practice Mode
04:03
Burst Speed Practice Mode
07:14
Note Addition Practice Mode
02:47
Section 6: Single String Etude
Single String Etude Performance
01:08
Single String Etude Resources
01:12
Single String Etude - Breakdown of Section 1
02:50
Single String Etude - Breakdown of Section 2
02:09
Single String Etude - Breakdown of Section 3
03:33
Single String Etude - Breakdown of Section 4
04:32
Single String Etude - Breakdown of Section 5
02:36
Single String Etude - Breakdown of Section 6
Preview
01:58
01:06

This is the backing track for the single string etude. It contains all instruments except guitar.

Single String Etude Resources
Article
Section 7: Moving Between Adjacent Strings
Moving Between Adjacent Strings
03:03
Section 8: Inside Picking
Inside Picking - Part 1
05:03
Inside Picking - Part 2
02:25
Inside Picking - Part 3
02:31
Inside Picking - Part 4
01:58
Inside picking - Part 5
02:06
Inside Picking Resources
Article
Section 9: Inside Picking Etude
Inside Picking Etude - Performance
00:49
Inside Picking Etude - Section 1
02:47
Inside Picking Etude - Section 2
01:31
Inside Picking Etude - Section 3
01:09
Inside Picking Etude - Section 4
05:32
Inside Picking Etude - Section 5
03:14
Inside Picking Etude Backing Track
00:49
Inside Picking Etude Resources
Article
Section 10: Outside Picking
Outside Picking Intro
01:11
Triplet Feel - Fragment 1
02:57
Triplet Feel - Fragment 2
00:40
Triplet Feel - Fragment 3
00:40
Triplet Feel - Fragment 4
00:55
Triplet Feel - Combining Fragments
02:47
Sixteenth Feel - Fragment 1
01:20
Sixteenth Feel - Fragment 2
00:48
Sixteenth Feel - Fragment 3
00:39
Sixteenth Feel - Fragment 4
00:44
Sixteenth Feel - Combining Fragments
00:35
Staying Outside
03:57
Outside Picking Resources
Article
Section 11: Outside Picking Etude
Outside Picking Etude - Performance
00:49
Outside Picking Etude - Part 1
02:39
Outside Picking Etude - Part 2
01:40
Outside Picking Etude - Part 3
02:46
Outside Picking Etude - Part 4
02:14
Outside Picking Etude - Part 5
03:42
Outside Picking Etude - Backing Track
00:55
Outside Picking Etude Resources
Article
Section 12: Crossing The Neck
Basic Chromastic Exercises
07:01
Extended Chromatic Exercises
04:28
Chromatic Loop
01:41
String Skipping
02:35
Crossing The Neck Section Resources
Article
Section 13: One-Note-Per-String
One-Note-Per-String Exercises
06:55
One Note Per String Resources
Article
Section 14: Final Etude
Final Etude Performance
01:17
06:59

This piece was too long to do a note for note breakdown video but I have included this video that will point out some things in the tablature that will help you. Check out the resources tab to download the pdf that I am using in the video.

Final Etude Resources
Article

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Instructor Biography

Adam Saunders, Guitar Instructor at Udemy and founder of RiffSchool

My name is Adam and I have been playing guitar for over 25 years. I studied music theory and classical guitar in college but my true passion is electric guitar. After college, I attended the Atlanta Institute of Music where I studied with some great instructors including Jimmy Herring. I've got some great courses coming up so stay tuned.

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