Inside and outside picking

Aim of the exercise: Learn and practice the difference between inside and outside picking.
Exercise type: Alternate Picking
Starting tempo: 60 beats per minute
Duration: 10 minutes

In'n'out, yummy!

This exercise is all about changing strings while alternate picking! The two important terms here are of course inside and outside picking.

Outside picking happens when you change to a higher string after a downstroke, or to a lower string after an upstroke. It's quite easy to imagine that if you were only to play these two notes on the stings your pick would be doing this kind of motion (if you're going from the D to the G string and vice versa):

outside picking

Inside picking is just the opposite of that! This happens when going to a lower string after a downstroke or to a higher string after an upstroke. Here's a nice picture so you'll see what I mean:

inside picking

Pattern 2

This is an outside picking example. The outside picking occurs when you switch to the 3rd string and back. Play it!

outside picking

The inside picking lick is very similar but you'll be going from the 3rd string to the 4th.

inside picking

Here's another outside picking lick. It doesn't go straight back to the original string but plays two extra notes on it. Don't worry, it's just as cool!

outside picking 2

The next inside picking lick is constructed in the same way!

inside picking 2

If we combine licks 1 and 3 we get this cool lick:

outside pickings combined

And the final lick - the inside picking licks combined:

inside pickings combined

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