#1
I may sound like a n00b, but, I've never been able to do this right..

It's like alternative picking, but on an actual power chord. when i try it sounds horrible. is it something to do with my pick or just lack of technique? I've been playing for a good 5 years and can't get it right.
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#2
Trem picking?
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#3
it will sound different on the upstroke than it did on the downstroke. if you look at some tabs, many artists use strict downstrokes when struming power chords. there isnt anything wrong with your technique really, its just the nature of the thing.
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#5
you mean you do, for exmple, a power chord on the 5th fret 6th string. first a downpick, and up to that point, everything is alrigth, but when you uppick, it sounds bad?

well, if that is the problem, i don't know how bad does it sound, but i warn you, when power "chording", it sounds better to downpick, cause the attack that the pick has when downpicking, so maybe it doesn't sound bad at all, it just sound less powerful (slightly less powerful) than when downpickin... and hat is normal and there's nothing wrong.


if it sounds totally different, the problem maybe your uppickin technique, or maybe you don't fret with enough strenght the strings below the root note. that would be the 5th (or 4th if you play power chords with three fingers), and if you fret with little strengh, a hard picking will make that string sound awful, and therefore, everything will sound awful...


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#7
You mean like Dragonforce type picking on the verses? Angle the pick a little bit.
#8
That's exactly it, when I bring my pick back up it sounds terrible. I've tried angling my pick but it just makes it get caught on the strings whilst bringing it up. It sounds like I'm scraping it across a wall or something.

Alot of the music I play uses this picking style and it's too fast to normally strum a palm muted chord that fast.
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#10
I dunno it might be but I don't pick very hard in the first place. I'll try to pick softer. Thanks.
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#11
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I dunno it might be but I don't pick very hard in the first place. I'll try to pick softer. Thanks.


It's not really about picking hard but how much of the actual pick you let strike the strings; most people who play fast don't let more than about 1-2 mm of the pick string the strings.
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#12
Well, about the downpicking thing...that's usually true, but if you are trying to play 16th notes at anything above 120 then alt picking is the way to go unless your downpicking technique is flat out awesome.

The problem I had/have(but less), was a lack of control on the upstrokes. Everything on the downstrokes was nice and tight and crunchy, on the upstrokes, not so much.
The thing is that everything is a bit different on the upstroke - for example, the exact position of your right hand to palm mute and such.

I'd start out with 2 note power chords. Set the tempo fairly low, like 100 bpm in 8th notes, and chug out a bars worth of power chords using only downpicking. Now repeat except using alt picking, and try to match the sound of the downpicked version as well as you can. It will always sound a little different, but keep experimenting with your picking hand positioning and the nature of the pick strokes, until you get it sounding good. One other thing - don't use open power chords for this exercise at first - it's easier to start with the fretted kind.