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Old 05-22-2013, 10:27 AM   #1
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need advice with alternate picking.

I'm trying to learn a song and that involves alternate picking power chords quickly and I'm having trouble playing as fast as required with a fluid motion because it feels like there is heaps of resistance when i strum. If I use a thin pick, the song instantly becomes easier, but it's obvious I'm cheating a flaw in my technique by using it.

Does anyone have any pointers that I can follow in order to quickly alternate pick power chords?
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Old 05-22-2013, 10:52 AM   #2
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It might seem quite obvious, but slow it down. Get it perfect slow and then start increasing the tempo until you can do it at full tempo.
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Old 05-22-2013, 11:21 AM   #3
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I'm trying to learn a song and that involves alternate picking power chords quickly and I'm having trouble playing as fast as required with a fluid motion because it feels like there is heaps of resistance when i strum. If I use a thin pick, the song instantly becomes easier, but it's obvious I'm cheating a flaw in my technique by using it.

Does anyone have any pointers that I can follow in order to quickly alternate pick power chords?


Maybe you are creating a flaw by not using a thinner pick? Use what suits you, no need to increase the difficulty.

However, a small piece of advice: relax relax relax..
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Old 05-22-2013, 03:28 PM   #4
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the tension will disappear once you learn to practice slowly with a metronome, and at various speeds.

Tension impairs fluidity, so it's no surprise you aren't getting good results. Also, a thin pick is actually the wrong choice. A thick pick forces you to hold it a lot more lightly and thus aids in getting rid of the tension too.
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