#1
So I have a few songs I am looking to learn that I just have a quick question that I can't seem to figure out.

Two Songs:
Unbroken by Killswitch
Like Light To Flies by Trivium

In the intro verses, there is a note on the 5th string and then two PM hits on the 6th string and then on.... So my question is, how are those two hits that are PM'ed hit? Is it done with two downstrokes or one up one down, or, one down one up? If I do it two downs I seem to hit everything right, but I just cant come close to getting it up to speed. Then, if I do alternate picking, I seem to screw up a lot (just noise) but the speed is great and I can defintily go faster.

Which is the proper techniquethat I should focus on?

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#3
Its all in the wrist. Practice with a metronome and alternate pick it. Look up lessons on youtube etc.
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#4
i find that a thinner more flexible pick can help but that could just be me
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#5
It usually depends on the song. I prefer alternate picking, but Killswitch seems to like to do a lot of their riffs in down picking.
#6
Down stroke on the 5th string leading to a upstroke on the 6th string. Position your hand so you only mute the 6th string.


Edit: The reason alternating doesn't sound right is because you need to practice it slow then speed it up.

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#7
for the intro of unbroken i'd pick it down, down, up.
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#8
if people knew how to read sheet music this would never be asked. But just play whatever feels comfortable and easy for you.
#9
As someone said, it's in the wrist.
Alternate is the best way to do it quickly.
And lots of practice is obviously key.
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Thanks, Ill keep it in mind.

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#12
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i find that a thinner more flexible pick can help but that could just be me

It's just you - thinner picks just give you the illusion of playing faster due to less resistance, but in fact all they give you is less tone, less control and less accuracy.
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#13
trivium down pick it all...

just position your hand so that it only mutes the top string with the fleshy part of your hand

learn both ways tho..
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#14
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It's just you - thinner picks just give you the illusion of playing faster due to less resistance, but in fact all they give you is less tone, less control and less accuracy.


i wouldnt say thats true for everyone though, Andy james is one of the tightest players around and he can shred up malmsteen and gilbert with ease and he uses .71mm which are quite flexible.
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#15
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trivium down pick it all...

just position your hand so that it only mutes the top string with the fleshy part of your hand

learn both ways tho..
all downpicking, and all alternate


i downpick all of it, but the licks and solo..
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