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This is a basic warm-up exercise. It is a 16th note-picking pattern on the open 6th string. A 16th note rhythm pattern means you're playing 4 notes per beat. You count it like this: (1 e & a 2 e & a 3 e & a 4 e & a). Notice in both the tab and video clip I'm playing a little bit harder on the "down beats". I'm putting an accent on the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th beats of each measure. This helps you stay on beat. Palm mute the 6th string by placing the heal of your right hand on the string, back by the bridge. This will create a tight, muffled sound when done right, and it keeps your picking hand stable when executing the drill. You should turn your pick so that it's angled down. This way the corner surface of the pick will glide over the string easier. If you have the pick parallel to the string, there is too much pick surface catching the string, making it harder to go fast using alternate picking. And last but not least, you should alternate your picking. Start with a down stroke, and then alternate with an up stroke (down, up, down, up etc.) This is very important if you want to be able to play fast.

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