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Guitar Basics, How to Use a Pick.
Before we move on and before I start
teaching you some basic chords,
chord shapes and scales.
We just give you a few picking ex,
exercises.
Most guitar players,
especially in the Western world
are using something
called alternate picking.
It means that you alternating
with your pick at all times.
[MUSIC]
You're doing,
you're moving your pick up and down.
You will start a phrase on a downstroke.
Next phrase will be an upstroke and
going like this all the time,
even when you're changing strings.
Sometimes you might feel more comfortable
just start with an upstroke then the next
stroke will be downstroke.
But you will alternate like this,
this is the movement.
[MUSIC]
So
let's try just on an open
E string to alternate.
[MUSIC]
We're gonna start by
playing quarter notes, so.
One and two and three and
four and you see I'm alternating,
like this, and down and up and down.
[SOUND] When you get used to this you
might start to do it twice as fast.
[SOUND]
Eighth notes.
[SOUND]
Two and three and four.
Then 16th notes.
[MUSIC]
Like this.
[MUSIC]
And you can move it to another string.
Instead of doing E string,
and do the B, B string.
[MUSIC]
G string,
D string, A string, E string,
then maybe slightly faster.
[MUSIC]
And maybe put just a metronome.
Put on a click and
try to be really relaxed like this.
[MUSIC]
Then try it another string
[MUSIC]
Maybe even triplets.
Triplet means it's
dagga-da-dagga-da-dagga-da.
One, two, three, four.
[MUSIC]
Like that.
And you can do that same
exercise on all the strings.
[MUSIC]
This is another good one.
You just try to.
[MUSIC]
Moving through the strings.
E downstroke, A upstroke, D downstroke,
G upstroke, B downstroke, E upstroke.
So.
[SOUND]
Then it starts over.
So down, up, down, up, down,
up, down, up, down, up, down.
[MUSIC]
Like that.
Another good exercise,
just to get going with the right hand,
be relaxed and to be able to hit
the right strings and to be, have a good.
[MUSIC]
Coordination and good precision.
So instead of hitting these strings
you might hit all of them at first.
But try to be relaxed,
try to be focused and
do small and efficient movements.
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