Essential Strum Technique: Alternating Picking

Lesson #379 • Jul 24, 2021

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Editor’s notes

Hey friends! New lesson today on alternate picking - an essential strumming technique which is invaluable to have in your toolkit. I’ll briefly explain the technique, and then walk you step-by-step through an example riff to help you get introduced with the continuous up & down strums, whether strumming or playing bass-line notes. Finally, I’ll show you how you can practice this technique over a backing track I created just for this lesson.

Video timestamps:

  • 0:00 Preview & Alternate Picking 101
  • 4:41 Figure 1: Bass Notes Only
  • 7:05 Figure 2: Strumming Only
  • 8:24 Figure 3: Combining Bass + Strumming
  • 9:48 Misc Tips & Advice
  • 11:56 Backing Track! Playing Along & Improv

Backing track for this lesson

Here’s the backing track I made to accompany this lesson. It repeats one measure each of G-Am-C-D, played at 110bpm. You can also practice your G-major scale improvisation along with this backing track, as I demonstrate in the video above.

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