alternate picking

Riff: My Sharona

Artist / Song: The Knack – My SharonaTechnique: Alternate picking , PowerChordsDifficulty: 6Riff: # 11 “My Sharona” is a totally cool and motivating riff (if you don’t feel like practicing at all for example). The difficulty with this riff lies in the large gaps between the two notes. To be exact, it is an octave,…

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Lick: Blues Lick

Artist / Song: Roberto BarlocciTechnique: Alternate Picking, Hammer On, Pull OffDifficulty: 7Lick: # 9 In this blues lick I play (mentally) over an Am7 chord. One or the other will ask why there is a major third in the lick? Well, almost everything is allowed in the blues. On the other hand, you could just…

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Riff: Sweet Home Alabama

Artist / Song: Lynyrd Skynyrd – Sweet Home AlabamaTechnique: Alternate picking , Ghost Notes, Hammer On, Pull OffDifficulty: 6Riff: # 9 The chorus riff on “Sweet Home Alabama” is actually the typical Status Quo riff. Based on PowerChords , or from the fifth to the sixth and again from the beginning, makes the whole thing…

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Lick: Technical Difficulties Lick

Artist / Song: Paul Gilbert – Technical DifficultiesTechnique: Alternate PickingDifficulty: 8Lick: #7 Basically, this lick is very easy. In theory! 😛 🙂 It is a Major Scale. Ionian to be exact, which is played from the highest to the lowest note. The difficult part is definitely the speed!It is played insanely fast and everything with…

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Riff: Constant Motion

Artist / Song: Dream Theater – Constant MotionTechnique: Alternate PickingDifficulty: 5Riff: # 7 Another dream theater riff on top! 🙂 This riff is particularly annoying because of the 32nd notes that keep coming in between. But I’ve found out for myself too; the more I play such riffs, the better they work! 🙂 Video Download…

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Riff: Strange Deja Vu

Artist / Song: Dream Theater – Strange Deja VuTechnique: Alternate Picking , Hammer OnDifficulty: 5Riff: # 6 Sure, one of my absolute favorites is still the music of Dream Theater (or their musicians, who also have many solo albums). I find the album “Scenes from a memory” from 1999 even more fascinating, because the whole…

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Lick: Alternate Picking Lick

Artist / Song: Roberto BarlocciTechnique: Alternate PickingDifficulty: 8Lick: # 5 One “shredding” lick. Here I actually only play that Major scale (Ionian) from top to bottom, with a few fun shifts in the patterns. Basically, I start with Dorian, then go to Ionian and finish the lick with Locrian but on the root of Ionian.…

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Lick: Hybrid Picking Lick

Artist / Song: Roberto BarlocciTechnique: Alternate Picking -, Hybrid Picking, Hammer On, Pull Off, Palm of courageDifficulty: 8thLick: # 3 For hybrid picking, we also use middle and ring fingers in addition to our pick. At most also my little finger, although I use it less with the hybrid picking technique. In this song I…

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Lick: Bending Lick

Artist / Song: Eagles – Hotel CaliforniaTechnique: Bending, ghost notes, alternate picking, slidingDifficulty: 5Lick: # 2 The difficulty with bending is getting the note just right.The best way to do this, is to use the same string-gauge over and over again. If you use e.g. For a long time always a set of 9 and…

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Riff: Abyss Riff

Artist / Song: Atomic Symphony – AbyssTechnique: Alternate picking, sliding, octavesDifficulty: 5Riff: # 2 This riff is in a different tuning. Namely Drop D.Here the lowest string (E) is tuned down to a D. The difficulty with this riff is the octaves in my opinion.You should be able to hit it somehow, but everything else…

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