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Now, here's another one. This one is a little more complicated: it has a
couple of position shifts, and a descending scale at the end which
requires string transfers on an upstroke. But its not too bad. The point is,
you can play it very fast! Its important not to slow down at the end when
you are playing all on one string. The sliding of the hand can be slightly
tough in the beginning, but you'll get it.
Once again, it is very important to use strict alternate picking!
This can be tough for people who aren't used to it, especially on the
descending scale. When I started I thought alternate picking was too
tough, so I cheated, using alternate picking everywhere except on string
transfers, where I would always use a downstroke. Don't do this or
anything like it! Real alternate picking is the best way to go for shredding
at the basic level. I would consider "fast" to be being able to play this
anywhere between 180-200 bpm. Any faster than that, and thats even
After you play this several times, try, for an endurance exercise, playing
the first exercise twice, and then this exercise once (the first exercise is
half the length of this one). That will give you a real workout!
On the next page I have a variation of this exercise which makes the last exercise in this lesson. Move on for a little more challenge, shred lovers!