Guitar Pick Exercises 3 and 4

In this 3 1/2 minute video, Guitar Teacher Steve Falter shows you how to use two exercises to increase your pick control, accuracy, and speed.

These are two  simple pick exercises that  Steve uses to teach his students pick control and accuracy when picking individual strings. They will also help you develop as much picking speed as you want.   *The first exercise* has you picking various numbers of strings at a time and there is plenty of timeon the video to follow Steve's examples. *The second exercise* teaches you Alternate Picking, using a down stroke on one string, then an up stroke on the next.   Once you master these exercises, work on increasing your speed and *stay tuned for Steve's next video lesson  with Left Hand exercises*. These will help build left hand finger strength, muscle memory, accuracy and speed. They are also excellent to warm up your left hand before practicing or performing. These are the exercise that will prepare you to play scales, arpeggios and all the other techniques you need to play lead guitar!  


Where to Strike the String

Good question, AR!

Where you strike the string is determined by one of two factors. For newer players, or players who have a guitar that's a little too large for them, playing at the top of the soundhole (acoustic gutiar) or the bottom of the neck is often easier, because smooth strumming and control is most important to get built into your muscle memory.

Other than that, where you strum the strings will depend on the sound/feel/mood you want. For example, playing gently across the bottom of the fretboard will give you a beautiful harp-like sound. Playing directly over the soundhoul will give you a fuller volume, while playing close to the bridge will give you a thinner, sharper sound. Combine these techniques with pick pressure and the speed of your strumming will produce some really cool sounds.

Try playing the end of a song that ends on a minor or 7th chord near the bridge slowly so each note rings a bit. Next, play a real pretty song that ends on a major chord with a slow, smooth strum ove the fretboard and you'll get goosebumps when you do it right!

Experiment, have fun and let me know what you learn!



RE: Where to Strike the String

Thanks, Steve. That was really helpful. I'll experiment with different positions for different chords like you suggested. It's amazing how this adds yet another dimension to playing the guitar. :)

Where to Strike the String

Hi, Steve.

Another great lesson!

I have a question for you. Is it important to strike the pick at a particular point on the string (exactly over the opening, closer to the neck, closer to the bridge)?