I'm looking to see if there's a special word for a type of alternate picking commonly heard in metal that involves playing a series of notes on a lower string while also playing notes on a higher string in between.

Something like this:

The technique I'm looking for starts at around 25 seconds. I've noticed a lot of heavier metal guitar players utilize this technique, and I have a hard time playing any of these songs. I'm trying to find a good way to search for this type of playing to find relevant practice exercises.


It sounds like string skipping which. There is no special technique other than practice string skipping exercises slowly with a metronome until you can play clean. As for alternate versus other picking methods that is up to you. Mal Bay Grade 2 has some string skipping exercises near the end that are pretty tough to get fast and are worth the effort to work on. I am sure you can find similar exercises in a book on shred guitar techniques. But don't search for "alternate picking" search on "string skipping".

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