How to Alternate Picking Strokes on the Mandolin

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Learn alternate picking upstrokes and down strokes for playing the mandolin with expert music tips in this free online instrument instruction video clip.

Part of the Video Series: How to Play the Mandolin
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I am a mandolin instructor. In this segment we are going to be doing practicing some alternate picking which means that we will, instead of like the exercise before using all down strokes, in this exercise we will be using down and ups and ups and downs. So we will do the same exercise as before but in this segment we will alternate our picking going down, up, down, up. So let us start again from the G and I will tap up the beat for you. Now let us start from the high E and we will do that again starting with a down stroke and will take it on backup to the G…

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