alternate picking is most essential for playing lead guitar.
Combined with hammer-ons and pull-offs, alternate picking gives
you the ability to powerfully express yourself on guitar.
reason to employ alternate picking is SPEED as I demonstrate
here. You can probably get away with all downstrokes with the
quarter and eighth notes, but the sixteenths demand alternate
When you begin to learn the
scales necessary for playing lead guitar, you'll need to
practice them with alternate picking. (Powerful Modal Theory and
Soloing" IGC) Otherwise your playing will be "crippled" from
Notice that I'm
holding my pick with plenty of tip for the strings. I
also attack the string with the pick at an angle. This
allows me to dig into the string enough for a solid
sound without getting "bogged down" below the string.
As with all
techniques, timing is critical here! Practice your
alternate picking with the metronome in this IGC or play
along with me in the clip.
can't stress timing enough. Notice that I didn't use a
metronome in the clip, yet my timing is right on! :-)
That's your goal.