Nuthin' But Pickin'
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Welcome to my first column for CFH. This is a lick from "Nuthin' But Pickin'" on my CD Broke (SHRAPNEL Records). It is basically two licks in one. The first half is what I call a half picking lick, because it is half picked and half hammer ON's and pull OFF'S. This gives the illusion that you are picking more and is easy to play very fast. The second is all alternate picking played as fast as possible. The whole lick is just A minor Pentatonic played three notes per string. The challenges are the wide intervals while skipping strings, playing evenly and cleanly and trying to maintain the half picking in the right places. Make sure to always start slow and work up to speed. Around 160bpm.