Part I : Techniques I
Speed Picking Pt. 1

Speed picking is a technique involves picking every note. This is a very important guitar technique for the modern playing. In this lesson I have payed attention basically to alternate picking - it means movements of the right hand are as follows: “down-up-down-up etc.”. This requires perfect coordination of the right and left hands. They must be absolutely synchronized to play cleanly all notes at high speeds.

Example 1 : This exercise is an warm-up one involved 4 note-per-string and trains movement from 1st to 6th strings. This example will help you to start develop your speed picking experience. Start slowly and carefully increase your speed. Play this exercise every time all over the neck.

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Example 2 : It`s again warming-up, but includes the most useful 3 note-per-string setting. This setting corresponding with playing technique “Flying Fingers”. It means easy way to play scales and passages using 3 note-per-string playing. Check out the scales section for more information.

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Example 3 : Similar to example 1, but with difference large movement on the neck.

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Example 4 : Similar to example 2, but with difference large movement on the neck.

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Atanas Shishkov was born in Kardzhali, Bulgaria. He started to play the guitar at the age of 11. Atanas took his first private lessons by classical guitar in the early of 90`s. Later he joined in a band and he has many performances in his hometown. Inspired by Joe Satriani and Yngwie Malmsteen, Atanas decided to quit the band and to start exploring the guitar instrumental music. In the middle of 1994 he recorded his first demo project "On The Threshold".

Atanas continued to improve his playing by exploring many "Shrapnel" shredders such as Greg Howe, Vinnie Moore, Jason Becker, Tony Macalpine, Marty Friedman, Paul Gilbert, Michael Lee Firkins and others, as well as the music of Steve Vai and Steve Morse. Atanas also continued to record his own new guitar instrumental experiments. In the summer of 1997 Atanas joined a band performing jam-sessions in a jazz-rock club in his hometown. He began to explore a lot of jazz players such as Al Di Meola, John McLaughlin, Allan Holdsworth, Frank Gambale, Scott Henderson and many jazz bands as well. His next recordings have more jazz and fusion orientation.

August 2002 - Atanas recorded his debut album "Flying Colours".

Since the beginning of 2003 Atanas is a guest columnist with his own guitar lessons at several guitar websites - Chops From Hell, Insane Guitar, iBreathe Music, The Shred Zone, Shredaholic, Fusion Site.

Since September 2003 his album "Flying Colours" is available for sale in Fossil Records` website.

February 2004 - presented Atanas Shishkov in The Undiscovered page as "Master of Bulgarian Shred"!

September 2005 - Atanas` acoustic album "The Long Road" is also available on CD!

December 2006 - Atanas is working with his new band above the new project SPIRALESS, and the debut album is coming soon!