Melodic Picking Practice Plan

Skill Building Guitar Course from Trevor Gordon Hall

Even the best players get stuck in a rut from time to time. Has your playing seemingly plateaued at the Pentatonic boxes? Let's join Trevor Gordon Hall as he helps achieve a new level of melodic picking with this specific practice plan that will help you branch out from familiar shapes and patterns to get you out of the rut and expand your playing horizons!

25 Lessons

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Trevor will walk us through his practice plan in four sections that contain key skills required to ascend beyond the Pentatonic boxes. Each section will culminate in an original etude utilizing the skills learned in that section.


Introduction to 'The Melodic Picking Practice Plan'

Trevor Gordon Hall introduces us to 'The Melodic Picking Practice Plan'.

1:46 Runtime

0.0 Difficulty


Alternate Picking Exercise

Let's get underway in Section 1 with some specific focus on the right-hand. In this first lesson of the series, Trevor provides some tips to help with accurate picking before diving into a great alternate picking exercise.

10:34 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


Alternate Picking Exercise: Practice Session

Now it's time to get some repetitions in so we can commit this alternate picking exercise to muscle memory at three different tempos.

12:20 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Economy/Legato Picking Exercise

Sticking with our work on the right-hand, here Trevor covers a great economy picking exercise that will help increase our picking speed and efficiency.

8:16 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty

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Economy/Legato Picking Exercise: Practice Session

Time to get our repetitions in and get this economy-picking exercise committed to muscle memory!

11:53 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Picking Technique Etude

Alright, now let's apply the picking skills that we've learned so far to a musical setting with this awesome etude!

9:08 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Picking Technique Etude: Practice Session

We've got the previous etude somewhat our fingers. Now let's practice it at multiple tempos!

14:33 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


3 Note Per String Pattern Lick

To start Section 2, we will cover the 3-note per string method, which is a great way to ascend the fretboard horizontally. Here, Trevor will highlight a fun cascading lick using this method.

6:24 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


3 Note Per String Pattern Lick: Practice Session

Let's practice our etude solo in a few different tempos. Don't forget that you can use the backing track to play along and write your own solo!

10:58 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Melodic Interval Exercise

Now it's time to revisit some of our previous patterns, but through the lens of different intervals with this fun melodic interval exercise!

7:36 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Melodic Interval Exercise: Practice Session

That one was a bit of a finger twister. Let's put in some repetitions at a few different tempos to make sure we've got it down.

10:52 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Major Scale Patterns Etude

In this lesson, we'll be transposing our familiar shapes to the key of E in this challenging etude based on the Major Scale.

8:38 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Major Scale Patterns Etude: Practice Session

Alright, now let's run through the previous solo in E at a few different tempos to make sure that we've really got it under our fingers. Be sure to use the backing track to write your own!

12:01 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


3-4 Note Sequence Exercise

Pentatonic boxes can be a great base for building more melodic sounding runs. Let's kick off Section 3 with a cool exercise that expands on Box 4 and Box 5 of the G Major Pentatonic Scale.

6:59 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


3-4 Note Sequence Exercise: Practice Session

Ok, now let's put in some repetitions of that exercise at different tempos to make sure that we're really able to connect Box 4 and Box 5.

10:29 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


3 Octave Sliding Shape Exercise

Time to leave the safety on the Pentatonic boxes and open up the full fretboard with this sliding G-Major exercise!

8:03 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


3 Octave Sliding Shape Exercise: Practice Session

We covered a lot of real estate with that last exercise. Let's put in some repetitions in different tempos to make sure we've really got it.

10:21 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Pentatonic Licks Etude

Now it's time to tie all of the pentatonic skills that we've learned in the last few lessons together with this satisfying etude in the key of D.

13:48 Runtime

3.5 Difficulty


Pentatonic Licks Etude: Practice Session

Ok, you know the drill! Let's commit the previous etude in the key of D to muscle memory by playing it at a few different tempos.

14:48 Runtime

3.5 Difficulty


3 Octave G Maj7 to D Exercise

Section 4 starts with another three-octave exercise that will really help us cover some ground on the fretboard! This time we'll be traveling from G Maj7 to D.

6:45 Runtime

3.5 Difficulty


3 Octave G Maj7 to D Exercise: Practice Session

Alright, let's get our repetitions in on the previous 3 octave exercise, but this time in a few different tempos.

11:07 Runtime

3.5 Difficulty


Major/Minor/Dom 9 Exercise

9:26 Runtime

3.5 Difficulty


Major/Minor/Dom 9 Exercise: Practice Session

Now let's practice the previous melodic sweeping method with some repetitions at three different tempos!

11:15 Runtime

3.5 Difficulty


Arpeggio Etude

Congratulations! You've arrived at the end of the course, and we've saved the best etude for last. In this final lesson of the series, Trevor presents us with a challenging arpeggio-based etude that will utilize all of the skills from the previous few lessons.

10:22 Runtime

3.5 Difficulty


Arpeggio Etude: Practice Session

One last practice before we go! Once again, let's put in some repetitions of the previous arpeggio etude at a few different tempos.

12:29 Runtime

3.5 Difficulty

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Reviews & Feedback 100/100 with 32 ratings

Just what I was hoping for. Thanks Trevor!


love the teacher and easy to understand great exercise