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 - Two Note Pattern 1

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.

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Alternate Picking - Two Note Pattern 2

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.

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Alternate Picking - 3 Notes Pattern 1

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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!

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Alternate Picking - Two Note Pattern 3

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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.

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Alternate Picking - Two Note Pattern 4

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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!

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Alternate Picking - 3 Notes Pattern 2

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This alternate picking guitar exercise is a continuation of our look at the most common three note picking patterns.

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Alternate Picking - 3 Notes Pattern 3

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This alternate picking guitar exercise will go over the last of the most common three note picking patterns.

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Alternate Picking - 3 Notes Pattern: Wrapping it up

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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.

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Alternate Picking - Two Note Patterns: Putting it Together!

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.

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Alternate Picking - Three Notes Across Strings, Pattern 1

In this exercise, we start getting into some serious territory by having you play a three note pattern across 2 strings with alternate picking.

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