Having trouble with fast alternate picking?



Asked by: Leslie Gomez

How can I make my alternate picking faster?





If you can play alternate picking continuous. Down and upstrokes for sixteenth notes at a tempo of 80 to 90 ppm upwards.

Can’t alternate pick fast?

You have to like really make sure you don't make mistakes. Because. If you do it's oh you have to start over why do you have it you know you you ruined it right. So it's a slow process of of peeking.

Why is alternate picking so hard?

Because in the first case, during motion, your pick stays “outside” the E and B strings, while in the second exercise the pick remains “inside”, trapped between the E and B strings. This is, in a nutshell, the main difficulty with alternate picking.
Jun 23, 2017

How long does it take to get fast at alternate picking?

It takes a while, but before you know it (Overused but completely applicable expression), you’ll be using it subconsciously. as long as it takes for good practice to become good habit. dont worry about speed focus on timing and rhythm and the rest will come. About two to three months.
Jan 17, 2010

How do you alternate picks without hitting other strings?





Two times. And those are all downstrokes the same really applies for going alternate picking you can kind of see it that I really just have this part of my hand.

How does Paul Gilbert hold his pick?

Compare Paul Gilbert to Steve Morse: Gilbert holds the pick with the flat of the thumb against the side of the index finger, while Morse holds the pick with both the index and middle fingers and the thumb (much like Eddie Van Halen). Another thing to consider is where the picking motion comes from.

Is alternate picking necessary?

Alternate picking is an important skill, because it allows you to play more than twice as fast than with just down picking. The basic idea is that if you are picking just on down strokes, every time you bring the pick back up to stroke down again, you are missing an opportunity to hit the string again.

Should I alternate pick or economy pick?

And go up keeping your alternate picking going down up down up or you can use economy picking which is just down up down and continue that downstroke to the next string.

What is considered fast guitar playing?

You can’t define “fast” this way. Personally I think that riffs/licks played perfectly in time @12notes per second and above sound fast. Not scientific data by any means, but fun to see as a ballpark. From what we gathered it looks like ~180 BPM (16th notes) is about average as maximum speed for those who participated.
May 19, 2018



How do I stop my fingers from muting while stringing?

For those of you that are new I wouldn't suggest that. But if you're going if you just dead set on having your thumb up here try curling that knuckle as much as possible.

How do you alternate picks over strings?

Another area that tends to plague students when it comes to alternate picking across strings is the string skip.

How can I improve my guitar pick accuracy?

I would say a couple of things may help you out here:



  1. Start by picking slow and intentional and then get increasingly faster.
  2. Do string skipping drills. Lots of string skipping drills.
  3. Make sure to practice consistency on your picking. Try to always pick down/up/down/up for subsequent notes on scales and solos.

Jan 30, 2011

How long should I practice guitar each day?

15 minutes per

What is this? Aim to practice guitar for at least 15 minutes per day. Try to avoid long and unbroken practice sessions of longer than one hour at a time. If you want to practice for longer than 20 minutes, set short breaks to split up your practice sessions for the best results possible.

How long does it take to build up calluses for guitar?

2 to 4 weeks



Developing calluses on your fingertips can relieve a lot of the initial pain of learning to play guitar. On average, it takes 2 to 4 weeks for calluses to fully form.

Where should you rest your hand when picking?

The default picking hand position for most guitarists is one in which they rest their palm against or just above the bridge. Although the exact position of your hand will vary between different instruments, in this position your picking hand will be resting against some part of your guitar.
Nov 4, 2018

Should I anchor my picking hand?

Anchoring your pinky or ring finger is fine. Anchoring your palm & whole arm is fine. Just having a free floating arm & hand is also fine! Guitarists have developed clean, smooth, efficient picking with any & all of those.
Mar 15, 2016

How does Clapton hold his pick?

You can either pull it down. Or you could push it up. And that's the advantage of this type of vibrato. I call it the floating vibrato. Because everything's floating your hands kind of floating.