Power Picking with Prashant Aswani

Skill Building Guitar Course from Prashant Aswani

A 30 day repertoire meant to help built your picking chops

31 Lessons

Complete course with step-by-step lessons and practice examples.


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Prashant Aswani presents "Power Picking!" A 30 day exercise based program designed at introducing you to all the picking techniques necessary to play killer lead guitar.


Power Picking with Prashant Aswani: Series Introduction

JamPlay welcomes back Prashant Aswani for an in-depth skill based challenge series to boost your lead and picking skills. During the course of this lesson series, you will be provided a new lick each day to get under your fingers. These licks are used as vehicles to introduce new and more difficult picking and fretting techniques to your repertoire. You will also be practicing along with Prashant each day over a 3 minute looped backing track.

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Day 1: Pentatonic Lick

Day one of power picking introduces a pentatonic lick to get you started. Nothing fancy here, just work on your basic alternating pick strategy.

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Day 2: Adding Hammer-ons

In day two's exercise you'll be looking at the same lick from day one, but this time adding different dynamic through use of hammer-ons.

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Day 3: Hybrid Picking

Day three of Prashant's 30 day picking technique course introduces the concept of hybrid picking. You'll start of slow and simple with this one and gradually add complexity in the next several lessons.

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Day 4: Multiple Strings

In lesson 5, Prashant offers up a new lick to study that will incorporate multiple strings. This will work on your picking accuracy across those multiple strings and add more texture to your playing.

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Day 5: Adding Octaves

Lesson 6 is all about discovering how to move licks into higher and lower octaves. You'll be using the lick you learned in the previous lesson and moving it to different strings.

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Day 6: Adding Complexity

Day 6 in the picking workout consists of making the most recent lick you learned more complex. You'll be adding new notes and incorporating hybrid picking.

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Day 7: Sweep Technique

In the day 7 lesson, Prashant introduces you to what is commonly referred to as sweep picking. This technique allows for fast and efficient scale and arpeggio runs.

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Day 8: Sweep and Slide

Day 8 you'll be continuing with the sweep technique while also adding longer phrases, octaves and slides.

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Day 9: Motif Style Lick

In day 9 of your picking course, it's time to start thinking more about motifs. A motif is a repeating rhythmic phrase that can add power and intensity to your soloing.

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Day 10: Hybrid Picking Revisited

In day 10 of your 30 day exercise program, it's time to once again take a look at hybrid picking. This time you'll be upping the complexity further by adding string skipping to your lick.

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Day 11: Adding a Third Finger

Day 11 is all about adding to what you know with hybrid picking. Using a repeating progression, Preshant demonstrates how to add a third finger to this technique to help with both speed and accuracy.

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Day 12: Furthering Hybrid Skill

Day 12 has yet another hybrid picking style lick to challenge you. This technique is a cornerstone of speed and accuracy and as a result is revisited at length.

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Day 13: Alternate Picking Revisited

Over the past couple days you've seen how hybrid picking can help speed and accuracy. It's now time to get there using alternate picking.

12:59 Runtime

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Day 14: Adding Motifs

Day 14 is all about adding what Prashant calls "motivic lines." Taking the concept of a motif, you'll be looking at how to include that aspect into your lick without making it sound like you've specifically added it.

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Day 15: Pattern Based Licks

Building off of the motifs you've been working on, it's time to start incorporating patterns as well. Preshant offers up another practice lick to push your picking further.

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Day 16: How to Create Memorable Licks

Starting off the second half of your 30 day training, Prashant talks about how to create memorable licks using the techniques you've been learning.

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Day 17: Putting it All Together

You're looking at a much longer lick this time that encompasses all of the ideas and techniques covered so far.

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Day 18: Arpeggios and Syncopation

Day 18 is all about arpeggios and syncopation. You'll be utilizing the picking techniques you've learned so far to navigate a deeper lick.

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Day 19: Short Encompassing Lick

Just like in your day 17 lesson, day 19 is all about putting all the skills you've learned into a single lick. To make it a bit more difficult, this lick will be shorter and more packed with technique.

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Day 20: Barring While Hybrid Picking

A new day brings new challenges. In your lick today, Prashant provides a barring exercise mixed with hybrid picking.

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Day 21: Movable Barres

Day 21 is all about taking the barring techniques you've learned recently and transporting them around the neck. Prashant offers up a lick designed to help you with just that!

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Day 22: Looped Pattern Lick

Using the barre technique you've been working on, Prashant offers up a daily lick that traverses the neck of the guitar and loops back onto itself.

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Day 23: Short Isolated Lick

The next lick in your 30 day picking challenge is a short lick that is designed to get into and out of quickly.

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Day 24: Linear Looping Lick

Day 24's lick is all about linear movement across the fretboard. You'll be utilizing all of the techniques you've learned so far, but instead of focusing around a pattern or box, you'll move straight across the fretboard and loop back.

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Day 25: Sliding Arpeggios

Day 25 is all about increasing your fretboard knowledge. Using what Prashant dubs a sliding arpeggio lick, you'll be able to gain confidence with which notes you're after when you're soloing.

9:43 Runtime

3.5 Difficulty


Day 26: Closing Lick Part 1

Starting on day 26, Prashant is going to be dividing up a monster lick to round out the last part of his 30 day picking program. In this first installment, use all of the techniques you've learned thus far on the opening ascending portion of this new monster lick!

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Day 27: Closing Lick Part 2

Day number 27 is the descending portion of the multi-part lick that Prashant is teaching over the closing days of this 30 day program.

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Day 28: Adding Turnarounds

In lesson 29, you're going to add some small turnarounds to the ascending and descending portions of the lick you're working on, then put those pieces together.

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Day 29: Accompaniment Jam

Now that you've learned all the licks of the course and have added several different techniques to your left and right hand repertoire, it's time to put them all to use along with another guitarist. In lesson 30, you'll learn a short turn around lick to get you back to the 1 and then trade solo and improvisation over a track with Prashant.

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Day 30: Advanced Accompaniment Jam

The final day of your Power Picking training is here. In day 29 you had an accompaniment Jam with Prashant. In today's lesson you'll be doing the same, but he challenges you to go deeper. Add in some 32nd note rhythms and start delving into creating your own motif's to add to the complexity of your jam.

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  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Playing since 1984
  • 196 lessons at JamPlay
Few musicians can say they’ve had such a diverse background in music, ranging from Indian classical to rock fusion, and many genres in between. Even fewer can say they recorded their first solo album while still attending Berklee College of Music. Prashant Aswani, however, can attest to these, and even more, jaw-dropping experiences.

Prashant has recorded Four Solo albums including “Revelation”, “Duality”, “Sonically Speaking”, “Visions” and one soundtrack “Frequency” released by Lakeshore Entertainment. Currently, Prashant is the featured artist on iFrankenstein Movie Soundtrack (Lakeshore Entertainment) and is Producing AJ Mclean’s(Back Street Boys) solo album. In addition he is currently recording his fifth solo album with Jose Pasillas (Incubus) and Rhonda Smith (Prince, Jeff Beck).
Reviews & Feedback 99/100 with 141 ratings

Great lesson to increase sweeping abilities or begin learning about sweeps. Great Instructor Too!


Great play along concept! Thank you Prashant.


Very good.


I like that the lesson is broken down so that I can understand the purpose of practicing and the techniques that are involved. The backing track loop demonstrated at different speeds is helpful. Also, the instructor is specific as to what and


The 30 day course (rather 90 days as I need 3-4 days of practice per lick :) ) is building up difficulty gradually, really what I needed at this moment. Very clear explanations, lesson material (pictures, pdf, guitar pro files) and the Prashant


Pras hasn't always links the key points to the lesson at the outset and reinforces them through the lesson- always provides a positive ending and encourages. Chur Bro! (From nz)


Really cool adds more ingredients to my playing, thanks!


Thanks Prashant!


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