Linear alternate picking
Andy Saphir continues his guide to improving your fretboard prowess and digital dexterity with a look at three-notes-per-string picking.
These exercises use a three-notes-perstring fretting approach, 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 (C D E F G A B), the approaches used can be transferred to any type of scale, key, or position. Experimentation can help you to develop a range of ideas and sounds. If this key or position feels like too much of a stretch, play the exercises further up the neck where the frets are closer together. Pick from the wrist, without tensing up, and keep the pick at a slight angle to the string.