Have you ever wanted to play an extended guitar solo but you hands just weren't up to the task? These picking exercises should build that speed and flexibility you need.
The Country Guitar: Picking Exercises course based on a 25 minute workout designed to build chops, endurance and accuracy over the next 30 days.
This workout is based on a 25 minute routine (although if your short on time, you can
modify as needed).
There's a series of 24 examples to be played along with the provided mp3 drum tracks. Use the Daily Practice Log to track your speed and playing time over the 30 day period. This easily allows you to see your progress as you move through the course.
This course borrows concepts from fitness programs (consistency/tracking) as well as from productivity methods like the Pomodoro Technique to help you get the most out of this workout.
This is not a routine with just a bunch of boring scales, there are some really cool fun patterns that you can use to create your own licks and solos.
This course focuses on 5 different techniques:
And while this course is aimed at country guitar players, you don't have to be a chicken picker to get something from this course. Even if your a Blues Player or Rocker Guitarist, I'm confidant this course will help improve your right hand technique.
In this course you will also get printable TABS in PDF format, MP3 drumtracks, and a printable Daily Tracking Log.
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Here are you downloadable material for the course. Print out the PDFs as it will make it easier for you to follow along. The MP3 drum tracks are about 5 minutes long so you'll want to drop them into a Sequencer (ProTools, Logic, etc..) and loop it to make it play for 25 minutes. You can also use programs like Amazing Slow Downer or Transcribe.
This is a disclaimer. You'll be doing a repetitive motion for an extended period of time with this workout. If you have any discomfort, please stop. Take a break. Don't over exert yourself. You know your body and only you know when to stop. Take breaks as needed.
Use a new pick for this workout. It will help you play cleaner. I use the DAVA Grip Tip picks. For a routine like this I would suggest a medium to heavy gauge pick.
To help you get the most out of this workout, we are going to be using the Pomodoro Technique. It's a method used for increased Focus & Productivity. 25 minutes On, 5 minutes Off. You can use a digital timer or download timer apps to your smartphone.
Remember to relax and breath. You don't want tension in your shoulder or arm as you run through this workout. If you get tense, it will slow you down. Stay relaxed. Look into a mirror to watch your technique.
It's really important to warm-up before you play. This is a series of stretches designed to help warm up the muscles in your forearms, hands and wrists.
This is a quick introduction to the workout. There are 5 sections to the workout. When you first start, plan of 5 minutes for each section, as you get faster, you can run though it in half the time. Over the course of the 30 days, the routine doesn't change but you'll be able to increase your speed every few days. Use your tracking sheet to track your progress each day. Try to run through this workout 5 to 6 days per week for 30 days. You should see a noticeable improvement. If it takes you longer to get to the faster speeds, that's perfectly OK. Don't be in a rush. Just work on consistent improvement.
Alternate Picking. This module runs through a series on alternate picking patterns. It starts on 1 string and builds up to cover 4 strings. This is designed to really focus on the up-down-up-down motion. Rock Steady!
Hybrid Picking. This module runs through a series of hybrid picking patterns. Similar to the alternate picking, you'll start simple and progressively add more string to the patterns.
Scales. In this module, we will cover some basic scales you will use while playing country style guitar. You can play the scales with either alternate picking, hybrid picking or both.
Banjo Rolls is a technique used by country guitarists to simulate a banjo. These are great hybrid picking exercises. Move these patterns around the neck to find other places they can be used.
Licks & Riffs. OK these are just plain fun. In this section you'll start using some of the techniques you've learned earlier to start playing licks.
Here is a breakdown of the first half of the alternate picking section. Up, down, up, down. You'll start simple with one note on one string and build up in complexity.
This module cover the second half of the alternate picking section. At this point you are including more strings. Pay close attention to the right hand motion as you move from one string to another.
This module covers the first example of the Hybrid Picking section. This is a pretty cool lick based pattern you can do over and over again.
This module covers a pattern that you learned in the alternate picking section but now we are adding in hybrid picking and doublestops.
This module breaks down a hybrid picking example that incorporates slides.
This example starts with an upstroke and includes doublestops. Experiment with different amounts of palm muting to add more of a staccato effect.
Similar to the last example. Start with an upstroke and include doublestops. Pay attention to your right hand. Downstoke with your pick, Upstroke with you middle/ring fingers.
This exercise is a great repeating doublestop pattern. It's a blend of both alternate picking and hybrid picking.
This is a great riff based example. It starts with an upstroke and uses open strings for wider intervals.
This is another great exercise that combines both hybrid picking and alternate picking. Start with an upstoke with your pick.
Here's another cool open string example. The right hand pattern stays the same but the left hand pattern changes slightly as you move up the neck.
This is a funky chicken pickin' type riff that utilizes hybrid picking. Have fun with this one.
Another doublestop example. This is one example of when to use an upstroke with your pick right after a pluck with you fingers.
This example is a doublestop lick in the style of Brent Mason. You can really build up some speed with this one.
This is a descending pattern. The right hand stays consistent. It uses a mix of hammer-ons, pull-offs with hybrid picking.
This is a descending pull-off pattern in the style of Brad Paisley. This lick is super fun. You can get this one up to speed pretty quick and it sounds great.
This is a standard Banjo Roll example. Once you get this up to speed it will sound great. Pick, Middle, Ring, Middle.
This banjo roll is similar to the last one but includes a hammer-on. Dueling Banjos anyone?
Here is another banjo roll example in the Key of G. This one hammers-on from the open G string to the second fret.
This example talks about using both alternate picking as well as hybrid picking for practicing scales. With alternate picking, start with a downstroke with your pick. With hybrid picking, start the pattern with a middle finger pluck of your right hand.
Here is an example of playing sequences using scales. This example is a six note ascending sequence. Again try it with both alternate and hybrid picking.
Similar to the last example, this is a six note sequencing pattern but this one descends the neck. The right hand pattern stays consistent throughout.
This example combines a couple scale patterns. This is based on a pentatonic scale. Ascend one as normal, descend in a sequence.
This is one of my favorite scales. It's the Country Composite Scale. It adds the blue note (b5) as well as some chromatic notes.
That's a wrap. You finished the course. Congratulations. Once you make it through the 30 days. You can use these examples as part of your warm-up routine. If you ever have questions or comments, message me anytime.
Hi, my name is Vincent but my friends call me Vinnie.
Professional Musician, Guitar Instructor & Internet Marketer. Founder of Power-Twang.
I´ve been playing guitar for 30 years. I’ve played in many Rock bands as well as Country bands over the last 25 years. I also recording & produce music in my spare time. For the last 4 years I have been teaching my brand of Power-Twang Country Guitar, which is a blend of Country, Rock & Blues all mashed into one. Now, I am very excited to offer my curriculum to Udemy students!
I took my guitar teachings online via Youtube in December of 2011 and since then my Youtube Channels has accumulated more than 6,000 subscribers and have also received more than 1 Million Views! Teaching guitar has really become my passion. My teaching style is easy to follow and makes learning guitar easy.
My specialties are Country, Rock, Blues & Slide.
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