Tremolo picking


frankkcollins
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frankkcollins
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09/15/2021 2:44 pm

Hey. I only see one video on the website about tremolo picking, like 3 minutes long. And the instructions are kind of like, just practice picking faster. Not much to work with. I've been working on this technique for the last few days, and I can't seem to get it down. Are there any other lessons on the website I'm missing?


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Dave Celentano
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Dave Celentano
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09/15/2021 3:39 pm

Hi Frank,

Great question! Unfortunately there's not much on the Guitar Tricks site at this time on tremolo picking with a pick for rock guitarists. There are a few lessons on tremolo picking with the fingers for classical guitarists: https://www.guitartricks.com/lesson.php?input=15595&s_id=1089

I know you are more of a rock guitarist though and looking for how to do it with a pick like Eddie Van Halen in "Eruption." If you schedule a 1 on 1 live online lesson with me I can get you going in the right direction with a few exercises of my own. Here's a link to my online schedule: https://guitartricks.acuityscheduling.com/schedule.php?calendarID=1274409&fbclid=IwAR35LuhmQIjAsO_BNLAO351u0GQvGwofQ5T3_92nJZSa7dDNn2hDfTZP5IU

I hope to see you soon!

-Dave

Originally Posted by: frankkcollins

Hey. I only see one video on the website about tremolo picking, like 3 minutes long. And the instructions are kind of like, just practice picking faster. Not much to work with. I've been working on this technique for the last few days, and I can't seem to get it down. Are there any other lessons on the website I'm missing?


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ChristopherSchlegel
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ChristopherSchlegel
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09/16/2021 4:25 pm
Originally Posted by: frankkcollinsI've been working on this technique for the last few days, and I can't seem to get it down.[/quote]

There are 2 important aspects of fast alternate picking (tremolo with a pick).

1. Minimal motion. You have to tighten your picking pattern. You are aiming to barely graze over the string without going too deep into the plane of the strings. Then you want to stop as soon as you strike the string & reverse course.

There is also the issue of rising above the plane of the strings if you want to move to a different string. But that is slightly more advanced than straight tremolo picking on one string.

2. Stay relaxed! You have to stay completely loose from your shoulder, to arm, elbow, wrist & fingers (especially pick grip). More tension just makes it harder to pick faster & more efficiently. And it makes it impossible to have any endurance.

I encourage students to get their alternate motion from the wrist. But some people are more comfortable with playing from the elbow or their fingers. But I don't think that's as easy or efficient for most players.

[quote=frankkcollins]Are there any other lessons on the website I'm missing?

I have a series of tutorials on speedy playing, but it's older content (10 years old or more!). I am currently in the process of updating them! I have the first one recorded & it should be edited & ready to publish in the next couple of weeks. I can update this thread when it's done!

For now, this is the older version of that first tutorial in the series that focuses on alternate picking on one string to get the technique down. Because this is an older tutorial it's very brief. The new one I've done to replace this one is much more in depth & covers the ideas I listed above in a lot more detail.

https://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=287

Hope that helps!


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ChristopherSchlegel
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09/21/2021 11:21 am
Originally Posted by: frankkcollins Are there any other lessons on the website I'm missing?

Hey, my updated tutorial is ready!

https://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=287

Hope that helps!


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