previous installment dealt with the control versus speed issue.
In this article I want to dive a bit deeper into developing some
serious synergy between the picking and fretting hand. This can
be achieved by combining multiple picking techniques into one exercise.
You can come up with many interesting sounding licks when you integrate
this technique into your improvising. Feel free to reshape these
exercises to fit your style, be musical about it, that way you won't
come off too clinical. Today I'm just going to talk about the two
most common picking techniques, sweeping and alternate picking,
and some different ways to combine them.
exercises will be beneficial in two additional ways as well. First,
I think they'll help with fret board visualization. Arpeggios are
great landmarks that can help you identify where you are on the
fret board in relation to the mode you are playing in. Since these
exercises are a combination of arpeggios and modal fragments it
should help you navigate the fret board a bit easier. Another benefit
with these exercises is that they involve inside picking. As you
reach the top of the arpeggio and begin the return trip via the
mode, you will be starting on an upstroke instead of the usual down
three diagrams illustrate the more common combinations to
start out with.