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In his quest to beef up spe­cific ar­eas of your gui­tar tech­nique Andy Saphir has some prime cuts for you this month, us­ing lin­ear scale based al­ter­nate pick­ing.

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Andy Saphir on lin­ear al­ter­nate pick­ing.

Th­ese ex­er­cises use a three-notes-per­string method, which ul­ti­mately gives a more lin­ear fret­board cov­er­age than stay­ing in one po­si­tion. Although they’re all based on a fifth string root C Ma­jor scale (CD E F G A B), the ap­proaches used can be trans­ferred to any type of scale, key, or po­si­tion. Ex­per­i­men­ta­tion here can help you to de­velop a range of ideas and sounds. Tech­ni­cally, if this key or po­si­tion feels like too much of a stretch, play the ex­er­cises fur­ther up the fret­board where the frets are closer to­gether. Pick from the wrist, with­out tens­ing up, and keep the pick at a slight an­gle to the string.

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