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Savage*
05-03-2009, 07:29 PM
Ok, well I am not so good at alternate picking very accurately and fast. And I know the right way to fix that is to slow down whatever you're trying to play, and speeding up a bit a little each time. But I just wanted to know if you guys knew any exercises to help with an alternate picking solo. And the solo I'm sort of stumbling on is the 2 Minutes To Midnight Adrian Smith solo: YouTube - Iron Maiden Guitar Lesson "2 minutes to midnight solo" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s3TU-sM5ldY)
(skip to part 3 of solo at 1:03)

Paganboy
05-03-2009, 08:13 PM
hsha iron maiden

HUnGary_SAmUraI
05-03-2009, 08:16 PM
Learn inside picking too, google it if you don't know what it is


Learn Crystal Mountain by Death for some good inside picking

jpharaoh69
05-03-2009, 09:31 PM
tap your foot. simple enough, but it helps me.

Turboz
05-04-2009, 10:29 AM
are you picking with your wrists, or fingers?

t pudz has arm steez
05-04-2009, 03:48 PM
i just went with the old metronome + chromatic scale

Savage*
05-04-2009, 03:52 PM
are you picking with your wrists, or fingers?

Wrists, but sometimes my wrist just straightens out and then I tend to use my forearm. :S

deathbat411
05-04-2009, 04:00 PM
Learn inside picking too, google it if you don't know what it is


Learn Crystal Mountain by Death for some good inside picking

i know crystall mountain, which part is inside picking

Tony
05-05-2009, 11:56 AM
Don't use fingers' movements or forearm, only wrist.

Youtube and guitar forums have shitloads of lessons. I would write about it here but I'm mega-tired and fed up with talking about guitar technique, Youtube and UG will help you.

bubbleboy
05-05-2009, 06:17 PM
What Tony said.

Wrist, it's all about practice, from coordinating your left and right hand, to building up speed.

nose_bonk
05-05-2009, 07:00 PM
practice scales going slow
basic major scales going back and forth
after a month or two you should have those down
then step it up to improvising with a friend or something

CTskater94
05-05-2009, 07:21 PM
fuck you guyssss. i use my wrist and my forearm to pick. fuuuuuuuck. too late to change it now i guess

crooked09
05-05-2009, 08:39 PM
fuck you guyssss. i use my wrist and my forearm to pick. fuuuuuuuck. too late to change it now i guess

yeah i don't really think about what part of my arm i'm using, i'm pretty sure I use some of both. I'm against the wrist purist approach... obviously you don't want to be using just your forearm where it just burns out really fast, but other than that I say don't sweat it.

anyway... good way to practice speed and accuracy that has definitely worked for me is take a scale, you want one with 3 notes on most strings like natural or harmonic minor for example, and practice playing it back and forth an octave* as fast as you can and just keep doing that, picking every note.

*just an example, basically just pick any patterns you want that involve going back and forth in relatively small intervals

Savage*
05-05-2009, 09:45 PM
What about tremolo picking..? That's hard without your forearm, and then it won't sound like tremolo picking with just your wrist. Unless you can pick real fast

Tony
05-06-2009, 04:45 AM
fuck you guyssss. i use my wrist and my forearm to pick. fuuuuuuuck. too late to change it now i guess

Never too late, I've had to change my technique numerous times and it has always been for the better.

CTskater94
05-06-2009, 05:11 AM
Never too late, I've had to change my technique numerous times and it has always been for the better.

ehh im too lazy =P

bubbleboy
05-06-2009, 05:59 AM
I need to have more economic left hand position.

Tony
05-06-2009, 12:08 PM
I need to have more economic left hand position.

Right hand same thing for me.

bubbleboy
05-06-2009, 06:09 PM
I need to do that too in regards to classical stuff, my hand slowly shifts from straight to diagonal.