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!

Alternate Picking - Getting all the Fingers on the Fretboard!

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.

In Guitar Lesson: Alternate Picking - Four Note Patterns

Alternate Picking - Four Note Pattern 4

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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!

In Guitar Lesson: Alternate Picking - Four Note Patterns

Alternate Picking - Four Note Pattern 3

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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!

In Guitar Lesson: Alternate Picking - Four Note Patterns

Alternate Picking - Four Note Pattern 2

In this exercise, you will continue your alternate picking studies of four note patterns, further unlocking your fingers on the fretboard!

In Guitar Lesson: Alternate Picking - Four Note Patterns

Alternate Picking - Al DiMeola, Paco de Lucia Example

In this exercise, we wrap up the three notes across strings guitar lesson with a great real world example of the concepts you learned.

In Guitar Lesson: Alternate Picking - Three Note Patterns Across Strings

Alternate Picking - Three Notes Across Strings, Pattern 6

In this alternate picking exercise, we come to the last of three note patterns across 2 strings.

In Guitar Lesson: Alternate Picking - Three Note Patterns Across Strings

Alternate Picking - Three Notes Across Strings, Pattern 5

In this alternate picking exercise, we move forward with three note patterns across 2 strings.

In Guitar Lesson: Alternate Picking - Three Note Patterns Across Strings

Alternate Picking - Three Notes Across Strings, Pattern 4

In this exercise, we continue having you play another three note pattern across 2 strings with alternate picking.

In Guitar Lesson: Alternate Picking - Three Note Patterns Across Strings

Alternate Picking - Three Notes Across Strings, Pattern 3

In this exercise, we continue our three note across two strings alternate picking studies.

In Guitar Lesson: Alternate Picking - Three Note Patterns Across Strings

Alternate Picking - Three Notes Across Strings, Pattern 2

In this exercise, we continue having you play yet another three note pattern across 2 strings with alternate picking.

In Guitar Lesson: Alternate Picking - Three Note Patterns Across Strings