TECH­NIQUE fo­cus

Guitar Techniques - - PLAY ROCK & BLUES - Pick­ing

The most tech­ni­cally-chal­leng­ing as­pect of th­ese ex­am­ples is un­doubt­edly the fast al­ter­nate pick­ing that crops up fairly of­ten in the rock­ier ex­am­ples, like Buck­et­head, Vi­vian Camp­bell or Gary Moore. Though each has their own ap­proach to this, a few guide­lines al­ways stand true. To de­velop ac­cu­racy, you must have a clear plan about ex­actly what notes you wish to fret and syn­chro­nise this with your down and up­strokes with the pick. Start­ing slowly and us­ing a metronome or drum ma­chine as a tim­ing ref­er­ence is 100 per­cent more ef­fec­tive than just tap­ping your foot, which is way too for­giv­ing. I know I’ve said it once, but let me re­it­er­ate: start slowly, with no con­cerns of speed! Take care of pos­ture, min­i­mum move­ment etc, and the speed will fol­low on au­to­mat­i­cally.

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