Paul Gilbert Alternate Picking Licks #1 & 2

Technique: Alternate Picking
Difficulty:
Intermediate
Lesson Name:
In the style of Paul Gilbert- Alternate Picking Licks #1 & 2

For most people, the most challenging aspect of Alternate Picking is crossing over from string to string (downstroke-upstroke, or upstroke-downstroke). This is due to fact that it involves more movement than picking several notes on 1 string does. The purpose of practicing these licks is to get used to crossing strings by alternate picking.

Lick #1: Play the 9th fret of the 3rd string with your index finger, the 12th fret of the 4th string with your pinky, the 10th fret with your index finger, and the 9th fret with your index finger. Notice the 2 sets of triplets at the end: triplets are played 1.5 times as fast as normal notes. If this lick were to be played at 90bpm, the triplets would be equivalent to 16th notes at 135bpm.

Lick #2: This lick starts the same way as lick #1, but repeats the last 2 notes of the sequence to exaggerate the string crossing motion.

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