STUDENT: But Socrates, what is alternate picking?
SOCRATES: Alternate picking is one part of good technic.
STUDENT: But Socrates, what is technic?
SOCRATES: Technic is our ability to physically manipulate the instrument we play. It is important to have good technic so that we can play that which we wish to.
STUDENT: How may I improve my technic?
SOCRATES: Study these well. They will help. Perhaps it is best to begin by choosing any note on any string, and picking it as rapidly as possible using alternate picking. The term for this is tremelo-try to be quick, but keep the sound very even.
STUDENT: Master, I am trying very hard but my sound is weak?
SOCRATES: Perhaps you should carefully examine your choice of plectrum. I suggest at least a medium pick, perhaps even a heavy one. It will allow you more control.