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.
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.