Jon Petrucci was a great influence of mine when I was learning to alternate pick – both his speed and his excellent articulation were quite inspirational!

One of the most basic sequences that he uses in his alternate picking is a 5-note sequence played on a single string, and then repeated in its inversion

This is this week’s technical exercise!

  • Take it slow and strive for perfect synchronization between left and right hand
  • Use STRICT alternate picking
  • Take care of the 5-notes-per-beat  it inverts the picking direction in each quintuplet
  • After you learn this sequence the way it is written, try it with other finger combinations as well!

Here’s this week’s Jon Petrucci influence picking exercise:


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