Play These 10 Notes Before Doing ANYTHING!

If you play these 10 notes before every guitar practice session I guarantee that you will get better picking technique in no time. I’m not talking about a secret exercise that nobody knows about. This is a very straight forward scale drill that is only 2 bars long... 





All the pros have worked on these types of picking drills at some point because developing them will make a huge difference in how the left and right hands interact. 


With an exercise like this one, the balance between each hand improves along with an increase in the general feel for steady accurate picking. 


Remember, the hand that we're really focused on working in this study is the pick-hand.






That said, it’s not going to be easy to develop this exercise. In this video, I’m going to make sure that you aware of your own efforts that will be required. 


And, you'll also need to keep in mind that through the development of this drill, (and through the course of learning this drill) I hope it becomes revealed to you how much more that your picking can improve along the way. 


In this post, I am going to give you one of the keys to getting great left and right hand picking control. This is an exercise that you can do before playing anything on guitar. 





The best part is that this exercise is only 10 notes so it takes very little time out of your day to do. Plus, this drill provides you with the benefits of getting a solid development established out of your picking, as well as your fretting skill. 


Overall the exercise is a well-balanced technical drill that applies a picking workout across three strings while operating in multiple fret positions performed laterally.


The bottom line is that this drill allows you to get a great picking workout anyplace on the fingerboard. Let’s get things started by introducing the exercise to you right now so that you can start becoming clear on exactly the way it works.


Example 1): The 10-Note Picking Study (overview)



Coming up next I’ve got two more ideas that I want to cover with you regarding the application of this picking study. But first, I want to tell you about a special promotional offer related to my new edition of the; Handouts Collection eBook.(Vol. 5).



I wanted to take a minute to let you know, that if you want to learn even more about scales and theory I have a great offer for you.

With any donation over $5, or any merchandise purchase from my Tee-Spring store, I’ll send you free copies of THREE of my most popular digital handouts.

One is called, “Harmonized Arpeggio Drills” (it’ll train you on developing your diatonic arpeggios).

Another one is my “Barre Chord” Handout which includes a page showing all the key signatures along with a chord progression that applies barre chords.

Plus, you’ll get my Notation Pack! It has 8 pages of important guitar worksheets for notating anything related to; music charts, guitar chord diagrams, and TAB.

As a BONUS, (from my "Over 40 and Still Can't Play a Scale" video), I'll also throw in a breakdown of all of the chords that are diatonic to the "F Major" scale.

As an EXTRA BONUS for my Phrygian Dominant video, I'll also throw in a breakdown featuring all of the chords that are diatonic to the Phrygian Dominant scale.

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Example 2): The 10-Note Picking Study (lateral movement)



Example 3): The 10-Note Picking Study (vertical movement)  


Picking studies like this one are excellent for developing higher levels of skill between the left and the right hands... And, one book that you might want to consider looking into getting is the, “Al DiMeola - Picking Techniques Book.” 


Hal Leonard still publishes it. And, it covers several ideas like this one! And, I know that when I first worked through this book years ago, it made a big impact on my guitar picking technique.




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