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Old 03-22-2013, 05:54 PM   #1
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Lately I've been learning lots of death metal but i cant get my tremolo picking to sound as smooth as I'd like. Please help!
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Old 03-22-2013, 07:43 PM   #2
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Start slow, speed up over time. Work more on playing at a consistent speed, rather than sloppily playing fast.
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Old 03-22-2013, 08:02 PM   #3
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I know it's redundant as all can be, but you must be patient with it.

I struggled too and tried rushing into over 9000bpm, wouldn't you know that slow and steady does win the race
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Old 03-23-2013, 02:52 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by unyinz
Start slow, speed up over time. Work more on playing at a consistent speed, rather than sloppily playing fast.

This is it.

Work on getting a good sound and feeling relaxed, the speed will come with practice.

Experiment with different palm muting and pick angles until you find a sound you like and work from there. Another thing that can really help is accenting every note on the beat. This helps you lock into the tempo.
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Old 03-23-2013, 04:26 PM   #5
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This is something I struggle with too. Those long tremolo melodies yearn to be played fast and it takes all effort to keep it slow and steady until you have it 100% right.

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Old 03-23-2013, 07:54 PM   #6
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I've been tremelo picking for almost a decade. I'm pretty happy with what I can do now without any tension whatsoever. I'm still improving. Does that help answer your question?
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Old 03-24-2013, 01:46 AM   #7
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to get started use a metronome. like everyone else said it takes time start slow go untill you cant keep up the tempo and back it off. the hit your fastest tempo you can do about five to ten mins and then move try to move up again. if it doesnt sound better work on something else and come back to it the next session. thats how i approach everything i am having difficulty with except that i do it untill i get it right or get tired of trying then i move on. that doesnt work for everyone though.

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