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Alternate Picking 101 - Exercise 2 - Triplet Feel

Chris Feener 256 lessons

Here we have a triplet exercise. Don't get your knickers in a knot, we'll be playing in groups of six. Six is an even number, so we'll avoid making awkward string transitions and keep it nice and basic! This lick contains six descending six-note groupings from the high E string to the low E string.

A few things to note:

1) Make sure that you feel the triplet pulse. In this case, we’re playing groups of six notes. Each pattern contains three notes being played twice. What this means, is that once we play the first three notes, the picking direction will change to it’s opposite (from down, up, down - to up, down, up). For now, if you emphasize the first down beat of each position, you should be able to stay on track!

2) Practice in sections. If a particular transition is giving you trouble, practice that sequence of three notes, into the first note of the next sequence. JUST practice that over and over until that string transition is being played nice and smoothly.

3) Apply a palm mute. To get that percussive, Paul Gilbert-esque tone that we all know and love, you’ll need to apply a nice, tight palm mute.

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