Attention: Future Alternate Picking
Are New To Alternate Picking (And You're Willing To Practice For Just 20 Minutes A Day), Then Here's How You Can
Quickly Start Unleashing Your Ultimate Picking Potential Today..."
FROM: Craig Bassett
Dear fellow guitar fanatic,
Before you read further, I need to say this...
What you are about to discover, is definitely NOT for everyone.
Because of this, we need to get a few quick questions out of the way. (That way you'll be able to find out as
soon as possible whether or not this is for you).
Please ask yourself the following questions...
- Am I currently able to alternate pick with the speed, fluidity, and skill that I truly desire?
- Do I have a clear, specific and step-by-step plan to develop my alternate picking skills?
- Am I currently practicing in such a way that truly maximizes my alternate picking progress?
If you answered "Yes" to all three questions, then you DON'T
need to read any further.
Still with me? Cool...let's get started...
We'll be covering quite a lot of stuff. But I invite you to read every word carefully. That way you'll be able
to accurately judge how I can help you improve your alternate picking...
Do Any Of These
Problems Sound Familiar?
You are unsure exactly how to use your metronome for maximum
results. You've probably already read about the value of using a metronome. But many guitarists
don't know how to effectively use them. And this lack of understanding how to use such a useful practice tool
can definitely slow down progress to a slow crawl.
You feel overwhelmed by the vast number of alternate picking
exercises. There are literally hundreds (if not thousands) of alternate picking exercises you
could practice. So how do you know which ones are going to benefit you the most? And how do you know which
ones are just a waste of time? This lack of certainty about what to practice can definitely make you feel
unmotivated to practice hard.
You don't have a step-by-step plan to follow that you
KNOW will work. Most books, websites and DVDs give you lots of alternate
picking exercises to practice, but virtually no advice on HOW to practice those exercises. This lack of
detailed instructions can definitely make it hard for you to progress quickly.
You have trouble with alternate picking at fast
speeds. Many guitarists can alternate pick accurately at slow speeds, but lack the ability to
pick fast. Their hands get out of synch which makes the picking sound choppy, unsmooth and amateurish.
You often feel like you've hit a brick wall with your alternate picking
progress. Guitar players often hit a certain level with their alternate picking, but then they
get stuck. Their ability reaches a certain level, but then it stays there. To make matters worse, some
guitarists never learn to bust out of their plateau. They have the desire to get better, but are not sure how
Your alternate picking lacks consistency. Many guitarists
find that they sometimes hit the wrong strings when they pick. And this causes them to have to look at their
picking hand when they play. And this can definitely make you feel less confident about your abilities as a
Your alternate picking technique is not effortless
yet. It can be really frustrating seeing your favorite guitarists alternate picking with such
precision, fluidity and skill...but at the same time feeling that you lack the talent to play like they do.
Often guitar players see players they admire but have no idea what specific steps they need to take
to start developing a similar level of alternate picking ability.
If you can relate to any of the above problems, then you are definitely not alone. I've met many guitarists who
feel the same way. Heck...when I was first learning to alternate picking, I had the same problems! :-)
If These Alternate Picking Problems Are So Common,
What's The Solution?
When I first started playing lead guitar I bought a whole bunch of books and videos on guitar technique. I'm not
exactly sure how many...but I know it was a LOT!
And although many of them covered alternate picking technique, they didn't tell me what I wanted to learn...
Specific details on HOW to practice alternate picking.
They usually gave a whole bunch of alternate picking exercises but gave very little instruction on how to
practice those exercises. They gave very general advice like...
- Start out slow, and gradually speed up.
- Use a metronome.
The truth is, I found most of the advice in the books and videos mostly useless. (And the players on the videos
often seemed more interested in showing off than teaching!).
And I know I'm not alone...
Many of the guitarists who start lessons with me have felt the same frustration with the books and DVDs that
they've bought. They felt like the books and DVDs told them WHAT to practice, but gave no
valuable advice on HOW to practice. And this is crazy because...
The truth is that NO alternate picking exercise will work if you don't
know how to practice it in an effective way.
Which Is Why I Created The Alternate Picking Fast
The Alternate Picking Fast Start System is a intensive 12-month online course aimed at electric guitarists
serious about getting good at alternate picking.
If you are new to alternate picking and would like to maximize your progress, then it may be for you.
What I've done with this course is to reveal some valuable information and practice strategies that will...
- Help you learn how to use a metronome in an effective way.
- Improve your timing dramatically.
- Help you to understand how to effectively program your muscle memory.
- Safely and effectively increase your alternate picking speed.
- Help you to understand some very important picking mechanics that need to be mastered in order to become an
excellent alternate picker.
- Help you develop a rock-solid foundation of alternate picking technique that will help you progress to a
more advanced level.
It's not my intention to "hard-sell" you here. Frankly, it's not my style. I know that The
Alternate Picking Fast Start System will really help a lot of people. But I also
know...it won't be for everyone. Not everyone will want it or need it.
Instead, I'll just give you some detail about what you'll get when you join. That way you can
decide whether or not it's for you. Fair enough?
What The Alternate Picking Fast Start System Is
Before you start doing intensive practice on alternate picking it is critical to test your current level.
For a few reasons...
- It allows you to make an honest appraisal of your current level. You need to be able
to clearly see what your strengths and weaknesses are. It is especially important to find out what your
weaknesses are. Many guitarists often neglect working on their weaknesses because they aren't aware of them.
(For example: I'm sure you've probably heard guitarists who have lousy timing, but they aren't aware of
- It allows you to know where to focus your energy. Many guitar players have extremely
limited free time to practice. By knowing your weaknesses you can focus most of your practice time on areas
where you are weak.
- It allows you to accurately gauge your progress. If you know your current level of
alternate ability you are able to use it as a benchmark. Over the months and years you can compare your new
level to that of your starting out level. In other words, you can see proof that you are getting better.
You discover the 3 specific methods needed to accurately test your
current level. This allows you to progress much faster, because you'll know what
specific things you need to focus on.
You'll learn to evaluate just how good your current timing
is. By looking at four specific measurements you'll discover whether-or-not you have
crippling timing weaknesses that need addressing. (Often guitarists never find out about these
weaknesses, and this causes them to progress at an extremely slow rate!).
You'll discover how often you need to test your alternate picking to
maximize your progress. (This is essential information, because if you get this wrong it
can cause you to feel discouraged and unmotivated!).
Basic Timing Exercises
Timing is critical. To put it bluntly, guitar players with bad timing suck!
OK...maybe that's a bit harsh. :-)
But you probably already realize that all the alternate picking greats have awesome timing. And if you want to
play like them, then you'll need to develop awesome timing as well!
You'll gain an understanding of some essential rhythmic theory.
Understanding this theory will help you to alternate pick with more accuracy, control and
You'll develop a strong timing foundation that will enable you to learn
to alternate pick at fast speeds. I've noticed over the years that the better my
students get at timing, the faster they can play.
You'll discover how to play in time when using a
metronome. This will allow you to confidently use a metronome in a way that will
maximize your progress.
You'll learn to master six basic timing exercises. These will
help you to fine-tune your rhythmic perception. And this improved rhythmic perception will allow you
to play with greater accuracy, more control and increase your ability to play faster.
I should point out now that timing is probably one of the most critical parts of alternate picking. And the more
you work on it, the better your alternate picking will get. Let me explain why. Please check out the diagram
When you alternate pick you are essentially doing two things...
Simple enough huh?
Well, unfortunately a third variable makes it much more challenging. And that third variable is
timing. The real challenge with alternate picking is
making sure that the left hand movements are perfectly in time with the right hand movements. Even if they
are just a bit out of time with each other, the results will be pretty bad!
And on the flip side, the more you learn to synchronize the left and right hand movements the
better. You'll find that over time you'll be able to develop a smooth, fluid and fast alternate picking
In this module we take a look at some exercises to develop the co-ordination between
your right and left hands. I call these synchronization exercises.
What do I mean by synchronization?
Synchronization is how well your left and right hands work together. When you pick a note, your left hand
should press down at exactly the same time the pick hits the string. If your left hand presses down before or after
you pick, then your hands are not synchronized. This can often result in a choppy sound or buzzing
You'll discover four simple but powerful exercises that improve your
synchronization. These will help you to get your hands working as a team. And this will
allow you to play faster and with more accuracy.
You'll understand exactly when you should practice with a clean tone,
and when you should practice with a distorted tone. Getting this wrong can definitely
slow down your progress!
You'll learn to play with a relaxed and very economical playing
technique. This helps you to avoid playing injuries. It also helps you to play faster. (The
smaller your playing motions are, the less time those motions take to execute. And this means that you
GREATLY increase your speed potential).
You'll discover the best way to play cleanly when using
distortion. By understanding this you'll be able to play more cleanly. And this will
make your sound much more professional.
Single String Scale
This module expands upon the technique and skill that you will develop in the last module.
You’ll discover six exercises that help you master one of the most
powerful ways of learning scales. This is important. These exercises will not only improve
your alternate picking, they will also improve your fretboard knowledge. And this will allow you to
solo more musically in a much more confident way.
You’ll develop your ability to synchronize both your hands even
further. Your hands will learn to work together in a powerful way, allowing you to develop
even more speed.
You'll build a powerful foundation of scale technique. Let's
face it, many alternate picking licks use scales. So as your scale technique grows, so will your
ability to learn licks faster. And this in turn, will allow you to improvise and learn solos much more
Two Note Alternate Picking Mechanic
After working through the earlier modules, you are now VERY comfortable with alternate picking on a single
string. You are now ready for the next step. And what is that next step? It's simply this...
Being able to change strings while maintaining a constant alternate picking motion.
This sounds simple enough. But did you realize that the vast majority of guitarists never truly master this
skill? They reach a certain level of competence, but never go beyond it.
I don't want this to happen to you. I want you to develop the knowledge and skill to overcome almost any
alternate picking challenge!
You'll discover the only two ways to change strings using alternate
picking. Understanding this will allow you to analyze and master ANY alternate picking
exercise or lick. And this will greatly improve your confidence in your abilities as a guitarist.
You'll gain a solid understanding and ability with both outside and
inside picking. This will give you the basic foundation of technique that will make you
a very versatile alternate picker. And this versatility of picking technique allows you to master a
greater variety of licks and other musical materials.
You'll learn four short exercises that are simple to learn, but
extremely effective. These exercises are
extremely important as they isolate the main difficulty of alternate picking. (Being able
to change strings while maintaining a constant down-up picking motion). This challenge of changing
strings is one that a huge number of players never master. And I want YOU to be one of the few who
actually take the time to master it. Imagine how great you'll feel when you have finally overcome this
In the last module we looked at two note alternate picking mechanics. In this module we are going to take a
look at some scale pattern exercises.
Scale pattern exercises are an essential component of developing excellent alternate picking technique. In fact,
it's rare to find a good alternate picker who hasn't practiced at least some scale pattern exercises. For that
reason, this module will help your alternate picking a LOT...
You'll discover how to combine wrist and forearm movement when alternate
picking. Once you get used to this way of picking you'll be able to play through scales and
scale-based licks with speed, precision, relaxation and confidence.
You'll gain skill and confidence with the four possible alternate
picking mechanics that your picking hand uses to change strings. Understanding and mastering
these basic mechanics will give you the foundation to tackle virtually any alternate picking
challenge. You'll be able to analyze the picking mechanics of licks and exercises that you are
learning. And this will allow you to learn them faster.
You'll learn four extremely useful scale pattern
exercises. Although there's almost an infinite number of possible scale pattern
exercises, I've found that people progress MUCH faster if they just focus on a few at a time. So I've
hand-selected four exercises that allow you to develop your alternate picking with laser-focused
precision. (Why practice dozens of exercises, when just a few will give you the same results?).
You'll gain mastery over two powerful 6 note picking
patterns. These sorts of patterns are used by alternate picking masters like Paul
Gilbert, John Petrucci and Michael Angelo Batio. Although these picking patterns are simple, once
mastered they are a master key that unlocks terrifying picking speed. (You can create MANY great
sounding licks just from these two picking patterns alone!).
Four Note Alternate Picking
In this module we go more indepth into picking mechanics. This section will keep you busy for quite a while. But
the results will definitely make the effort worthwhile! :-)
You'll discover 12 different picking mechanics. Each
mechanic is four notes long. And once mastered will develop your picking-hand muscle memory to a very
high level. This means that you will be able to learn and master new exercises and licks at a much
You'll master exercises on different pairs of strings. This is
critical. By getting very comfortable with alternate picking on ANY string, you'll become a much more
competent picker. You'll unlock the abilty to pick any string without having to think. Just imagine
how cool it will feel to have your picking hand go to the right string at exactly the right time!
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Just in case you're curious, here's exactly what topics the bonus lessons cover...
By the time you finish Bonus Lesson 20 I think you'll
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Bonus Lesson 1: Making Your Left Hand Fingers More Economical: Part 1
Bonus Lesson 2: Making Your Left Hand Fingers More Economical: Part 2
Bonus Lesson 3: Making Your Left Hand Fingers More Economical: Part 3
Bonus Lesson 4: The Double-Up Practice Technique
Bonus Lesson 5: How To Effectively Set Alternate Picking Speed Goals
Bonus Lesson 6: Isolating The Picking Hand
Bonus Lesson 7: Understanding Support Exercises For The Picking Hand
Bonus Lesson 8: Isolating The Fretting-Hand
Bonus Lesson 9: Understanding Support Exercises For The Fretting Hand
Bonus Lesson 10: Creating Your Own Alternate Picking Exercises
Bonus Lesson 11: Four Note Mechanics Handout (Answers To Lesson 10 Homework)
Bonus Lesson 12: Introduction To Accent Patterns
Bonus Lesson 13: Applying Accent Patterns To Alternate Picking Exercises
Bonus Lesson 14: Playing Accent Patterns While Using Distortion
Bonus Lesson 15: Applying Accents Patterns When Using Distortion
Bonus Lesson 16: Introduction To Sextuplets
Bonus Lesson 17: Sextuplet Alternate Picking Patterns
Bonus Lesson 18: Understanding And Mastering 32nd Notes
Bonus Lesson 19: Thirty-Second Note Alternate Picking Patterns
Bonus Lesson 20: The Ultimate Timing Exercise
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