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Thread: Strictly Alternating Picking

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    Quote Originally Posted by vorpal_sledge
    Hello, first post!
    The first thingy is the exercise being sight read, and the second one is after about thirty minutes of practice. I dont know how fast it is, cause im a sloppy musician But, i do know my weakness is position shifting. Any suggestions
    Hi vorpal_sledge,

    Good to see you here!
    I enjoyed listening to your posts, keep it up.

    A few suggestions:
    - practice slower at first paying attention to detail
    - try to let the notes ring out for their entire note duration so they don't get cut short
    - as far as the position shift goes, isolate that movement with just the notes before and after the shift. practice this at a snails pace to get the motion down perfectly
    - then put it all back together, starting at a snails pace, then gradually increase speed

    I hope this was helpful,
    heavymental (Glen)

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    Hey Szulc, thanks for starting this thread and posting your exercises (and thanks to all of you who have contributed to this thread).

    About two or three weeks ago I was searching the net for some complex guitar exercises to boost my technique with a nice workout. To my disappointment, I didn't find any that were hard enough. Instead, I found this thread and I thought that I'll try them out and see if they're suitable for some of my studens (I'm a guitar teacher, among other things). To my surprise I noticed that I can't play some of them at high speeds, even though I considered them easy at first. I've included the exercises in my practice routine and since then I have noticed a nice improvement in my playing - my favorite chops now sound crisper and more even, I no longer try to "legato my way" out of a difficult spot when improvising and I feel more confident overall when playing.

    For a long time I thought that imperfections in my technique (god damn pesky string skipping with an upstroke) had to be fought with more and more demanding and complex exercises. Instead, getting back to the basics sorted it out for me real fast. This was an important lesson for me.

    So, in plain words:
    Remember to always check if your basic techniques are on par with more advanced things that you're practicing. It might be just your playing fundamentals lacking that's holding you back, not the difficulty of the piece you're trying to master.


    Greetings from Poland and thanks again.
    Last edited by Khaer; 09-14-2012 at 12:15 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Khaer View Post
    Hey Szulc, thanks for starting this thread and posting your exercises (and thanks to all of you who have contributed to this thread).

    About two or three weeks ago I was searching the net for some complex guitar exercises to boost my technique with a nice workout. To my disappointment, I didn't find any that were hard enough. Instead, I found this thread and I thought that I'll try them out and see if they're suitable for some of my studens (I'm a guitar teacher, among other things). To my surprise I noticed that I can't play some of them at high speeds, even though I considered them easy at first. I've included the exercises in my practice routine and since then I have noticed a nice improvement in my playing - my favorite chops now sound crisper and more even, I no longer try to "legato my way" out of a difficult spot when improvising and I feel more confident overall when playing.

    For a long time I thought that imperfections in my technique (god damn pesky string skipping with an upstroke) had to be fought with more and more demanding and complex exercises. Instead, getting back to the basics sorted it out for me real fast. This was an important lesson for me.

    So, in plain words:
    Remember to always check if your basic techniques are on par with more advanced things that you're practicing. It might be just your playing fundamentals lacking that's holding you back, not the difficulty of the piece you're trying to master.


    Greetings from Poland and thanks again.
    I am glad that I could provide you with some useful exercises. Inside picking, outside picking and swapping these using SAP is one of the best things to get past these hurdles. I haven't posted here in a while, I have spent the last several years trying to get my vibrato under control. I have recently released some live recordings that I am pleased with that demonstrate my effort. It is a still a long way to get to Uli Roth type vibrato but I have made great strides...
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    Resident Curmudgeon szulc's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Khaer View Post
    Hey Szulc, thanks for starting this thread and posting your exercises (and thanks to all of you who have contributed to this thread).

    About two or three weeks ago I was searching the net for some complex guitar exercises to boost my technique with a nice workout. To my disappointment, I didn't find any that were hard enough. Instead, I found this thread and I thought that I'll try them out and see if they're suitable for some of my studens (I'm a guitar teacher, among other things). To my surprise I noticed that I can't play some of them at high speeds, even though I considered them easy at first. I've included the exercises in my practice routine and since then I have noticed a nice improvement in my playing - my favorite chops now sound crisper and more even, I no longer try to "legato my way" out of a difficult spot when improvising and I feel more confident overall when playing.

    For a long time I thought that imperfections in my technique (god damn pesky string skipping with an upstroke) had to be fought with more and more demanding and complex exercises. Instead, getting back to the basics sorted it out for me real fast. This was an important lesson for me.

    So, in plain words:
    Remember to always check if your basic techniques are on par with more advanced things that you're practicing. It might be just your playing fundamentals lacking that's holding you back, not the difficulty of the piece you're trying to master.


    Greetings from Poland and thanks again.
    I am glad that I could provide you with some useful exercises. Inside picking, outside picking and swapping these using SAP is one of the best things to get past these hurdles. I haven't posted here in a while, I have spent the last several years trying to get my vibrato under control. I have recently released some live recordings that I am pleased with that demonstrate my effort. It is a still a long way to get to Uli Roth type vibrato but I have made great strides...
    "Listen to the Spaces Between the sounds."
    Hidden Content

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