The Secrets of Learning the Fretboard

Ex-021 Alternate Picking Sixteenth Notes

Practice your alternate picking over sixteenth notes with this exercise. Sixteenth notes are great for alternate picking because they must be played quickly and alternate picking helps you play faster!  This one focuses on four […]

Ex-020 Combining Alternate and Sweep Picking

Improve your technique and speed by combining alternate picking and sweep picking.  In the following exercise, you will combine alternate picking lines with sweep picking lines in both directions (ascending and descending). When ascending, notice […]

Ex-010 Alternate Picking Exercise

Practice switching strings while alternate picking with this exercise.  When practicing alternate picking, most people can quickly learn the basic motions (down, up, down, etc).  The hard part comes when you switch strings and skip strings.  This exercise […]

Ex-002 Alternate Picking Exercise

The goal of this exercise is to improve the speed and accuracy of your alternate picking. Go slow enough to play it perfectly before increasing the speed. The following picking combination should be used: d, […]

Picking Techniques

Learn strumming, alternate picking, and sweep picking in this lesson that covers an introduction to each.