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Relax the Thumb for More Picking Speed

Relax the Thumb for More Picking Speed

Over the course of several years teaching students how to alternate pick, I’ve noticed a lot of issues arising from the way many of them had been holding their pick. More specifically, it was down... …

Increase Picking Speed Instantly by Using Accents

Increase Picking Speed Instantly by Using Accents

This tip is a useful method for increasing picking speed. The key is not to focus on every single downstroke and up stroke but to only focus on certain pick strokes.The easiest way to apply this to... …

How to Memorize Scales and Unlock the Fretboard

How to Memorize Scales and Unlock the Fretboard

Here's is an unorthodox method to memorizing scales using the common three-note-per-string shapes we often employ during runs.Let’s say that you wanted to learn the E minor scale (E Aeolian mode).... …

How Alternate Picking is Just

How Alternate Picking is Just "Small Strumming"

There's more than one way to physically approach alternate picking. There is no right or wrong way.If there is a "right" way, then it’s whatever method allows you to play what you want to for as... …

Economy Picking Made Easy, Part 1

Economy Picking Made Easy, Part 1

You’ve probably heard of economy picking, which is where you use one continuous pick motion to cross strings—instead of using alternate picking. ... …

Master Sweeping by Learning the Rest Stroke

Master Sweeping by Learning the Rest Stroke

One thing I notice when working with students who want to improve their sweep picking is that, very often, they're playing separate pick strokes instead of letting the pick brush through each... …

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