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Old 2004-03-20, 18:43
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Tremelo picking is just very fast alternate picking.

A good exercise I still practise is given below. It can be used to increase your picking speed and at the same time improve your left hand dexterity. Use alternate picking throughout and play the pattern on all of the other strings as well. Start slowly and only increase the speed when you can play it without a mistake.

|------------------------------------------------------------------|
|------------------------------------------------------------------|
|------------------------------------------------------------------|
|------------------------------------------------------------------|
|------------------------------------------------------------------|
|-0-1-2-3-1-2-3-4-2-3-4-5-3-4-5-6---etc up to about the 15th fret-|

With practise, you will find that you will be able to play this increasingly faster. Try it with palm muting and also using just downstrokes. You'll be playing at a high speed in 6 months if you practise this for at least 10 minutes a day.

Just so that you get an even work out try it going back towards your headstock too:

|-----------------------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------------------|
|-15-14-13-12-14-13-12-11-13-12-11-10--etc--|

To increase you left hand accuracy and dexterity even further try playing an exercise like this over all strings. Change your hand position (move your index finger up to the new position) at the places marked *:

|---------------------------------------------|
|---------------------------------------------| (If jumping up 7 frets is too
|---------------------------------------------| difficult at first, try a 4 fret
|---------------------------------------------| difference to begin with)
|----------*--------*-------*----------------|
|-0-1-2-3-7-8-9-10-1-2-3-4-8-9-10-11--etc--|

Play that with increasing speed (as before) and you'll be very fast and very accurate. Now, when your fast and accurate enough, you'll be able to attempt the next example. Move your hand position up for the 5,6,7,8 parts and then back again for the 1,2,3,4 parts.

|---------------------------------------------------------------------|
|---------------------------------------------------------------------|
|----------------------------------------------------1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-|
|-----------------------------------1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8------------------|
|------------------1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-----------------------------------|
|-1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8 ---------------------------------------------------|

|------------------1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1------------------|
|-1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-----------------------------------8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1-|
|---------------------------------------------------------------------|
|---------------------------------------------------------------------|
|---------------------------------------------------------------------|
|---------------------------------------------------------------------|

|---------------------------------------------------------------------|
|---------------------------------------------------------------------|
|-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1----------------------------------------------------|
|------------------8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1-----------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1------------------|
|----------------------------------------------------8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1-|

That is one of the best practise routines for speed, accuracy and dexterity and when you get fast you should be able to play it in about 5 seconds (that's around 19 notes per second). But build your speed up using the other examples first.

Hope that helps!
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