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Old 2009-03-20, 04:10
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Alternate Picking Question.

Well I have currenly gotten back into playing guitar and have been learning some Lamb of God songs, my problem is I have a bad habbit of being to comfortable using only down strokes, to correct this problem I have been playing the songs using alternate picking and practicing to a metronome. I can do most of the songs at about 80 bpm and was wondering is this is the proper way to break in alternate picking habbit. The songs range from 120-160 bpm, my plan is to gain about 2 bpm a week as I develop.

Anyways does this sound like a good way of developing a great base for alternate picking and metal playing in general? Open to suggestion.
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Old 2009-03-20, 16:59
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Anyways does this sound like a good way of developing a great base for alternate picking and metal playing in general? Open to suggestion.



sure, learn some suffocation while your at it. That will help a lot.
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Old 2009-03-20, 17:11
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Just know the motion of picking for alternate picking. Speed and ease comes from keeping your arm like a machine... locked down. Plus if you're a good downpicker, triplets should come quite easy... start with a down, end with a down.
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Old 2009-03-20, 17:43
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I can do triplets and galloping. I took guitar lessons from a guitar instructor for about 3 months and he did teach me alternate picking just never tought me how to control it with different time sigs, just go a million miles an hour with alternate picking. So i'm starting at ground level and trying to break that habbit.
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Old 2009-03-20, 17:51
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I have a habit where I economy pick everything...but that's kind of a good habit...you just gotta pay more attention to cleaning up your technique sometimes.
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Old 2009-03-30, 14:06
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I'm just now to the point where I can comfortably pick everything alternate. I went from alternative to learning alternate to learning to play everything alternate. Now its just second nature. I play everything alternate unless I'm strumming or sweeping or playing 2 notes on the same fret on 2 adjacent string like rolling my finger.

I'd say if you want to learn or get out of the habit of only down stroke, play everything alternate.
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Old 2009-03-31, 09:44
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Its comes natural to me also. When i first got into metal I was way into metalcore and stuff. There is tons of that stuff in metalcore/deathcore. Necrophagist stuff is pretty good practice.
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