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Alternate Picking Exercises (Guitar Lesson)


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Steve Stevens

Alternate Picking Exercises

Known for his fierce alternate picking chops, Steve Stevens shows you exercises to beef up your picking.

Taught by Steve Stevens in Lessons With Steve Stevens seriesLength: 9:32Difficulty: 2.5 of 5


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arnoldbalazsarnoldbalazs replied on June 19th, 2014

steve is the best

ermchanermchan replied on May 23rd, 2013

holy crap! lightning fast picking...thanks for the lesson. I got a lot of work to do!

jesperlindejesperlinde replied on October 17th, 2012

what pick size work for you Steve?

steve gillessteve gilles replied on October 16th, 2012

this lesson helped me alot. and got me understanding alot that i did not before. thanks steve.

emarzanemarzan replied on October 14th, 2012

Wow. I get it now.

emilios1995emilios1995 replied on October 11th, 2012

this helps a lot ;)

aaaerosmithaaaerosmith replied on October 10th, 2012

Very correct video about alternate picking. Steve as always is interesting and original

aaaerosmithaaaerosmith replied on October 10th, 2012

Where is the video?

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Length: 20:28 Difficulty: 3.0 FREE
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Steve's Warmup Exercises

In this lesson Steve Stevens shows you his warmup routine and talks about the importance of warming up before you play.

Length: 7:45 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
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Alternate Picking Exercises

Known for his fierce alternate picking chops, Steve Stevens shows you exercises to beef up your picking.

Length: 9:32 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
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Whammy Bar Techniques

Steve shows you various whammy or "wang" bar techniques that he uses in his playing.

Length: 7:03 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
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Performance and Band Tips

Steve lectures on some topics he is more than qualified to be talking about; performance and being in a band.

Length: 8:09 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
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Song Writing Tips

Grammy award winner Steve Stevens talks about writing songs and shares insight into his process.

Length: 12:00 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
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Steve's Gear and Recording Philosophy

Billy Idol's guitarist, Steve Stevens, gives his opinion on gear and also how he records guitar in his home studio.

Length: 14:19 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
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Steve Stevens Interview

Topics include: early years, history with Billy Idol, winning a Grammy, recording with Michael Jackson, time with Vince Neil, and lots of good advice on guitar playing and being in a band.

Length: 27:46 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only

About Steve Stevens View Full Biography Steve Stevens is an American guitarist and songwriter. He is best known for playing for his years playing with Billy Idol but is also involved in solo efforts, collaborations, and is an in-demand session guitarist

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