Let’s talk ab⁠out fast alternate picking riffs.⁠

Fast alternate picking is a staple of metal rhythm guitar and is an important technique for any aspiring metal guitarist.⁠

Like anything fast, building up the speed required to play fast alternate picking riffs takes time.⁠

The best thing to do is to put your metronome on at a slow to medium tempo and apply alternate picking to the low E string using 8th notes.⁠

Once you become reasonably comfortable with this, you can increase the alternate picking to 16th notes.⁠

Working up your alternate picking this way will also teach you to be able to play controlled 16th notes along to a fast tempo instead of blasting out alternate picking with no rhythm in mind, hoping it works.⁠ᅠ

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