Pick Training List
For training, we can use this list (or any part of it). If you are absolutely new to picking, I suggest running through this whole list at least once or twice. Where We Will Live is the core part of our pick training, as we move into deeper levels of ability.
At the very beginning, here’s our suggested picking list.
Single Downs = – pick single tones all down.
Single Ups = – pick single tones all up – this isn’t common, but a good training exercise.
Double Downs = – pick each tone twice down-down (1, 1, 2, 2, etc)
Once we have control over our pick and are comfortable with this beginner list, we focus our training on #4 and #5.
Where We Will Live
Double Down-Ups = – pick each tone twice down-up, (1, 1, 2, 2, etc) – repeated tones.
For odd numbered Down-Ups: when we play ‘Down-Ups’ in odd numbers, the pattern will alternate downs and ups for each new tone. Such as: picking each tone 3 times, picking will be down-up-down, up-down-up, etc.
Single Down-Ups = – pick single tones, down-up
This list can be applied to any scale. Run through the sequence with a scale that you know [we will explore many on the path]. Then, as your accuracy is dialed in, focus on points 4 & 5. Push tempo with these. A metronome is a dear friend with training.
And, as with everything, we explore, experiment, and invent. This lets us know how our training is translating to making music. We can always circle back.