Outside-Inside Picking Concepts

Hello and welcome to some crazy picking. In this lesson we'll discuss the picking technique called Outside-Inside Picking. It's actually quite simple,

Let's take a look at Example 1. It's a group of 5 notes descending and ascending. The first note is picked with an upstroke and then followed by two pull-offs. After that, it's back to basic alternate picking with down/up, and so fourth. As you can see, it will come out just perfectly.


Video - Example 1

OK, let's move to Example 2. I have added three extra notes to give it a little more kick. It sounds really cool and fluent. As you can see, I am adding only one upstroke to the additional three notes and then two pull-offs. I love this one!


Video - Example 2

Alright, the next step is to combine Example 1 and 2 and you get a little twisted lick - Example 3. Have a look and listen.


Video - Example 3

Ready for more? OK, here we go. Example 4 is a nice little string skipping lick, utilizing Example 1. This is one of the typical applications for the Outside-inside Picking technique. It's a Pentatonic/Chromatic Shape. Not very musical, but definitely a good workout. Try to come up with your own ideas, using this technique.


Video - Example 4

OK, here is the last example for this lesson. Example 5 uses the picking idea in Example 2. It is a D major, ascending, two string scale run. It's really cool, and has a very liquid sound. Play it slow and make sure that you hit all the right notes. Remember: speed is a byproduct of accuracy.


Video - Example 5 - Fast

Video - Example 5 - Slow

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