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Guitar Tab for inside picking exercise

The secret of alternate picking masters

There is a "secret" that alternate picking shredders know: picking inside two strings is more difficult than picking outside. Have you ever experienced this issue? Well, this is a very common problem called "Inside picking". Particular attention is needed on this kind of motion if you want to really master alternate picking.

In the interactive guitar tabs above, you find an (apparently) straightforward exercise specifically created to challenge you with the difficulties of inside picking.

You should play the first note with an upstroke: from the bottom to the top.

Then play the other notes strictly using alternate picking: upstroke, down-stroke, upstroke, down-stroke, upstroke, down-stroke, and so forth. That is

If you follow the right picking motion, you'll notice that the exercise keeps your pick "inside" the strings. Practice these drill every day, play it at low speed, and increase the bpm little by little. Your picking technique will shine!

The video below presents an awesome analysis of picking mechanics and how to overcome the main difficulties of alternate picking