Alternate picking on the guitar is a technique I am trying to master with the help of this video! Picture: Suat Eman.
Follow this video exercise on alternate picking on the guitar to improve your technique and gain a different sound to your soloing.
I always try to learn something new on the guitar every day. I do this to try and keep my playing fresh. It is a discipline thing but if I didn’t I know that I would just keep playing the same thing every day and that just gets boring!
This brings me to what I am trying to master on my guitar at the moment. I have been playing guitar now for nearly 25 years and I have to say one technique that I have never truly mastered is fluid alternate picking. The trouble I find is that my fretting hand works faster than my picking hand. To counter this I end up not picking the notes that I want to play because I have not got alternate picking on the guitar mastered. So rather than picking the notes I use hammer-on and pull-off techniques instead. The problem with this is that you don’t get the same sound and attack that you do with a picked note. This, I feel has really held back my technique and changed the sound and dynamic of my soloing. So I am making a conscious effort to try and rectify this flaw in my playing.
However, alternate picking on the guitar can be quite hard to get right. The only thing to do to improve alternate picking on the guitar is to practice. So what I have started doing is practicing the exercises demonstrated in the video below on a daily basis, almost as a warm up session for my fingers. I start slow and gradually try to build up my speed without losing the sound definition in the notes that I am playing. I also play this with a clean sound as a distorted tone can cover a multitude of sins. For me the focus is on building up the speed of my picking but for you it may be to build up strength in your fretting hand. Whatever you need to focus on, whether it is your picking or fretting hand I am sure that the exercises demonstrated in the video below will help you to improve.