Some words about the Shred With Alternate Picking Pt.1
The backing track is a simple bVI – I on the key of B minor scale,and the scale we will be using
is the B natural minor scale.
The concept behind these licks (appart from alternate picking the notes) is to order the notes in a way that will allow us to change strings with Inside Picking.
What is Inside Picking?
When we use alternate picking, there are two ways to change from one string to another.
If we ‘d leave a higher (in pitch) string with a downstroke and land on a lower one with an upstroke (or vice versa) then the pick would be resting “inside” -between- those two strings and we would be using the Inside Picking technique.
If we ‘d leave a higher string with an upstroke and land on a lower one with a downstroke (or vice versa), then the pick would move outside of those two strings and in this case we would be using the Outside Picking technique.
Back to the licks!
To maintain changing strings only with Inside Picking, we have to take under consideration three things.
1)The direction of the first picking
2)The number of the notes on each string
3)The direction of the next string that you would play (higher/lower)
For example, I wanted the first lick to be an ascending line starting with a downstroke.
To maintain changing strings with Inside Picking, I had to put an even number of notes in each string.
In this way every time I would change a string ,I would leave the lower string with an upstroke and land on the higher one with a downstroke e.t.c.
For the second lick I didn’t want a straight ascending line. The lick starts with a downstroke ,so in order to continue to the lower string I had to put an odd number of notes on the 1st string (3) so I could land on the 2nd string with a downstroke.On the 3rd string I ‘ve put an odd number of notes once again to change the direction of the lick e.t.c.
How to make your own licks using Inside Picking.
1) Start with a downstroke and place an even number of notes on each string to move from a lower to a higher string.
2) Start with an upstroke and place an even number of notes on each string to move from a higher to a lower string
3) Start with a downstroke and place an odd number of notes on each string to move from
a higher to a lower string.
4) Start with an upstroke and place an odd number of notes on each string to move from a lower to a higher string.
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