Develop ludicrous alternate picking

Get ready to burn up your fretboard by developing your alternate picking technique to the highest levels, enabling you to play advanced patterns that will do wonders for your own lead guitar playing.

Alternate Picking Guitar Lessons

Alternate picking is one of those techniques where if done right can be devastating, and if done wrong can be outright amateurish. My guitar lessons are meant to help you develop clean, accurate alternate picking technique, and at the same time to help you master the fretboard by showing you common patterns that can unlock limitless creativity.

The above might sound a bit wishy washy, but get started with my guitar lessons and you will find yourself not only in awe of your alternate picking skills, but also pleasantly surprised at how the fretboard will start making new sense. You see, these guitar lessons are like most lessons out there - they are not about just building technique, but also about building musicality, and showing you conceptual approaches to mastering the fretboard.

By the time you are done with this lessons, you will be able to hold your own with any great alternate picker, be it Al DiMeola, John McLaughlin, John Petrucci, Paul Gilbert, and so on, and more importantly, you will find yourself dreaming up endless melodic passages, and will be able to alternate pick passages that you previously thought were nearly impossible to play. So take the leap and get started!

List Exercises

Alternate Picking - Four Note Patterns

Insane
5 months ago
59

In this alternate picking guitar lesson, we enter some dangerous territory by introducing you to 4 note patterns using all fingers. Not many guitarists develop their ability to put all fingers to use, so this guitar lesson will have you moving your finger

Exercise Difficulty
Alternate Picking - Four Note Pattern 1 Guest Visitor Access Hard
In this alternate picking exercise, you will start the journey of using all four fret hand fingers in playing the most common four note patterns that you will come across.
Alternate Picking - Four Note Pattern 2 Hard
In this exercise, you will continue your alternate picking studies of four note patterns, further unlocking your fingers on the fretboard!
Alternate Picking - Four Note Pattern 3 Insane
In this alternate picking guitar exercise, we look at yet another common four consecutive note pattern which will continue conditioning your fret hand fingers for the technical mastery that you are seeking!
Alternate Picking - Four Note Pattern 4 Insane
Here we have the final consecutive four note pattern in this alternate picking guitar lesson - this one is the toughest, so get ready to teach your fingers to behave like they haven't before!
Alternate Picking - Getting all the Fingers on the Fretboard! Hard
Now that you have practiced alternate picking various four note patterns, in this exercise you will see how the guitar lesson material can be applied in a musical context.

Alternate Picking - Three Note Patterns Across Strings

Hard
5 months ago
42

In this guitar lesson, you will start the very important journey of becoming proficient at alternate picking across strings, which is the most challenging aspect of alternate picking.

Exercise Difficulty
Alternate Picking - Three Notes Across Strings, Pattern 1 Guest Visitor Access Hard
In this exercise, we start getting into some serious territory by having you play a three note pattern across 2 strings with alternate picking.
Alternate Picking - Three Notes Across Strings, Pattern 2 Hard
In this exercise, we continue having you play yet another three note pattern across 2 strings with alternate picking.
Alternate Picking - Three Notes Across Strings, Pattern 3 Hard
In this exercise, we continue our three note across two strings alternate picking studies.
Alternate Picking - Three Notes Across Strings, Pattern 4 Hard
In this exercise, we continue having you play another three note pattern across 2 strings with alternate picking.
Alternate Picking - Three Notes Across Strings, Pattern 5 Hard
In this alternate picking exercise, we move forward with three note patterns across 2 strings.
Alternate Picking - Three Notes Across Strings, Pattern 6 Hard
In this alternate picking exercise, we come to the last of three note patterns across 2 strings.
Alternate Picking - Al DiMeola, Paco de Lucia Example Hard
In this exercise, we wrap up the three notes across strings guitar lesson with a great real world example of the concepts you learned.

Alternate Picking - Three Note Patterns

Medium
5 months ago
20

This alternate picking guitar lesson is similar in spirit to my guitar lesson on two note alternate picking patterns - now we logically go to the next step, by getting your hands accustomed to three note patterns.

Exercise Difficulty
Alternate Picking - 3 Notes Pattern 1 Guest Visitor Access Medium
This guitar exercise is a continuation of our journey down the road of alternate picking, which looks at a common three note pattern to help you start exercising all your fingers!
Alternate Picking - 3 Notes Pattern 2 Medium
This alternate picking guitar exercise is a continuation of our look at the most common three note picking patterns.
Alternate Picking - 3 Notes Pattern 3 Medium
This alternate picking guitar exercise will go over the last of the most common three note picking patterns.
Alternate Picking - 3 Notes Pattern: Wrapping it up Medium
In this alternate picking guitar exercise, you will apply what you have been practicing in the previous exercises to a practical example showing how you can use three note patterns to create a variety of musical ideas.

Alternate Picking - Absolute Basics!

Medium
11 months ago
35

This alternate picking guitar lesson will show you some very basic - but useful - exercises that will get you started on your quest to develop alternate picking chops!

Exercise Difficulty
Alternate Picking - Two Note Pattern 1 Guest Visitor Access Easy
This alternate picking guitar exercise, while extremely simple, is meant to help you develop good technique from the beginning so that you can move on to more advanced exercises.
Alternate Picking - Two Note Pattern 2 Easy
This guitar exercise continues having you play two note patterns on one string to continue building your alternate picking skills as well as your fretting hand dexterity.
Alternate Picking - Two Note Pattern 3 Medium
This alternate picking guitar exercise continues having you play two note patterns on one string, and also develops your fingers' stretching ability, which is a must for moving on to some of the advanced guitar lessons.
Alternate Picking - Two Note Pattern 4 Medium
This last of the basic alternate picking guitar exercise continues having you play two note patterns on one string, and further develops your fingers' stretching ability, prepping you for serious fretboard feats!
Alternate Picking - Two Note Patterns: Putting it Together! Hard
In this alternate picking exercise, we will wrap up our basic alternate picking lesson with a not so basic exercise that reinforces what you practiced in this lesson with a very musical example.