In the following video I explain how I'm able to pick 20 + notes per second, achieving my fastest alternate picking.
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A technique that allows you to play fast music on the bass is two finger alternate picking.
To start practicing this technique, take your index and middle fingers on your picking hand, and just start picking any string while alternate between the two fingers. Pick with the index, then the middle, then index, then middle, etc. You can also start with the middle finger too.
It doesn't really matter what finger you start your alternate picking with. Try both, see what feels natural to you, and stay consistent with your choice while you practice.
Here are three alternate picking bass exercises to help get you started:
For more detail on approaching alternate picking please check out the following video:
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Without a doubt, Michael Angelo Batio is one of the best technically advanced guitarists there has ever been, and probably ever will be.
The following is a video lesson taken from a DVD called Speed Kills where Batio teaches you picking techniques for speed and shredding. Highly recommended!
Shown in this excerpt are some alternate picking exercises. Alternate picking is a technique that must be learned in order to play fast and to shred. Why not learn from one of the fastest there ever was?
John Taylor - guitar and bass instructor for Mile High Shred.