This three part lesson is a classical sounding piece intended to build chops. It is also an excellent performance piece.
Part one focuses mainly on alternate picking. Here are a few recommendations to tackle the piece with efficiency:
- Start the whole sequence with an upstroke.
- The last three notes of measure 2 and 4 are best played with two downstrokes and an upstroke.
- The four note groupings in measure 5-7 are best performed as upstroke, pull-off, and two downstrokes.
- The two arpeggios in measure 21 are best performed starting with a downstroke then upstrokes after the pull-off until you reverse direction on the fifth string. This is probably the trickiest measure in the whole piece so do what's best for you.
- The arpeggio in measure 22 sets up what's yet to come in part 2 of the piece. Look to part two for performance recommendations.
The tempo of 150 is intended for a recommended goal but start very slow and gradually build up to a tempo you are comfortable with.