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10-28-2009, 02:33 PM
any practice tips on alternate picking styles i.e scotty moore?
11-06-2009, 10:42 PM
I noticed your question was answered under 'guitar basics', just checking.
11-12-2009, 03:51 PM
I have been alternate picking for awhile but have not been able to get up to speed so to speak, so recently I bought a "Stylus Pick" which helps train you to just play the tip of the pick, and not dig too deep, which will slow you down. It a training Tool thast's been around for awhile, used by Berkley School of Music(they heleped develop some of the exercises) and it really does work, at least thus far.
You might want to look into it if you are set on getting really good at AP.
11-12-2009, 04:16 PM
I have been alternate picking for awhile but have not been able to get up to speed so to speak, so recently I bought a "Stylus Pick"
I'd never heard of one until now. My picking has improved greatly from the 'Bashing Acoustic' (TM) style I'd developed from the busking days, but this would be interesting to try.
11-22-2009, 11:46 PM
Paul Gilbert is a killer alternate picker. I suggest watching some of his vids on youtube and renting some of his instructional DVD's.
11-23-2009, 02:32 PM
You mentioned Scotty Moore, Elvis' guitar player - he also used quite a bit of hybrid picking (using your pick and fingers of your picking hand) for the chordal stuff.
Other than Paul Gilbert the following guitarists are known for their highly advanced alternate picking technique and worth checking out:
Al Di Meola
Most of their instructional videos can be found on YouTube
hope that helps
12-11-2009, 10:56 PM
I have just signed up to this forum and as a mature age beginner with guitar (played drums in the 60's) need all the help I can get with practice techniques and training aids. I read some comments on the stylus pick and wanted to know if it is recommended for beginners.
Any other tips/advice on products that help speed up the learning (as well as practice, practice, practice) appreciated
12-13-2009, 08:43 PM
I always have to stay on top of my alternate picking. I think it is important to practice new stuff when you are working on your alternate picking. I spent a lot of time practicing my alternate picking with the same few shapes.
One day it dawned on me that I was not really learning any new scale shapes or licks but I was spending all of my time woodshedding my alternate picking technique with the same old shapes and licks. Once I started focusing on just learning new things and consistently practicing with a drum machine I found that I did not have to focus on my picking so much.
I guess what I am trying to say is that learning new things, practicing consistently and using a metronome are good ways really devlope your alternate picking and over all musicianship without focusing just on the picking.
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