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Quiz answer: The name of the finger beside the Thumb is the Index finger.  It is finger #1.

– Alternate-Picking is a picking technique used to increase playing speed.
-By picking downward then upward alternately the pick has less distance to travel before picking the next note..
-Start out playing slowly at first.  Build your speed as it feels more comfortable.

Exercise 1.  Using alternate picking play the C & D notes of the B String then the F & G notes of the High E String. Descend back down then increase the tempo.  Play as slowly as you need and Increase the tempo at your discretion.

 

Exercise 2. Using the open strings & all 4 fingers of the fretting hand, use alternate picking to play 5 notes on the “B String” and 5 notes on the “High E String”.  Ascend then descend.  Lift your fretting finger when not in use.  Play as slowly as you need to and Increase the tempo at your discretion.

 

Exercise 3. Using the open strings & all 4 fingers of the fretting hand, use alternate picking to play 5 notes on the “B String” and 5 notes on the “High E String”.  Ascend then descend.  Leave the fingers down on the fretboard to practice finger control and play faster.  Play as slowly as you need to and Increase the tempo at your discretion.
-If you do not feel comfortable using 4 fingers then try this exercise using 3 but omit the 4th fret.
The 4th fret must be played with the Pinky if the 1st fret is played with the Index finger.
This is how the guitar is designed to be played (one fret for each finger).

-It is important to practice your alternate picking technique and realize how it will give you more speed and control.  Leaving your fretting fingers on the fretboard has the same affect.

TIP: Rest the palm of your right hand on the bridge as a reference point.  This will allow for more percise picking of each string.

Quiz:  How fast must you play these exercises?

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