#1
So, outside of my practices, I'm trying to pick up tremolo picking. My main problem is not speed, but every few motions my pick seems to get caught on the string. From what I can see myself doing i'm not going to far to the pick guard. Anyone experience this and/or have any tips?
#2
Have less of the tip of the pick sticking out. That worked for me. More pick = more resistance I guess :p
#4
well, you dont want the pick hitting the string perfectly flat. Angle it a little bit so it rolls over the string instead of landing flush and just forcing the pick. Should come pretty quickly.
#5
You just want the tip of the pick hitting the string, so it doesnt stop it dead or create a twangy noise. Practice what u feel most comfortable doing, and build up wrist strength and stamina
#7
Thank you everyone! I'm getting better at it. I've been trying to make the tip of the pick run against the string and it's 95% more effective. @tenfold: thanks for the link! It hasn't really helped me with this, but it does have some interesting bits that I did not know and such.
#8
It could also be that you're holding it too loose or too tight. If you hold it to loose, your pick will "lag" behind your hand, and cause you to miss a note or hit 2 more than necessary. However, if you hold it too tight, it could pull the string with it for a little, thereby causing it to get caught.
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#9
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It could also be that you're holding it too loose or too tight. If you hold it to loose, your pick will "lag" behind your hand, and cause you to miss a note or hit 2 more than necessary. However, if you hold it too tight, it could pull the string with it for a little, thereby causing it to get caught.

I think I'm holding it too tight...'cause that's what happens (my pick gets caught with the string for a little bit). I'll have to find some happy medium, lol.
#10
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I think I'm holding it too tight...'cause that's what happens (my pick gets caught with the string for a little bit). I'll have to find some happy medium, lol.

Good luck with that. For practice, I would recommend just chugging for a while, then add some triplets, then add some quadruplets, etc, etc.
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Good luck with that. For practice, I would recommend just chugging for a while, then add some triplets, then add some quadruplets, etc, etc.

Thanks. Gonna need it, haha.

Right now I'm just trying to make it last longer than 5 seconds (I've been doing it better lately, but I want to go for at least 30 seconds non-stop).
#12
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Thanks. Gonna need it, haha.

Right now I'm just trying to make it last longer than 5 seconds (I've been doing it better lately, but I want to go for at least 30 seconds non-stop).

Gah! Be sure not to practice with anyone around you, unless you wanna get slapped upside the head.
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#13
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Gah! Be sure not to practice with anyone around you, unless you wanna get slapped upside the head.

Haha, all's fine in my house. I don't play with the amp on unless it's day, and even then it's rare, until I master something...then I crank that sum-gun up sideways and shove it up my family's shoe size! Haha.

Yeah, I like keeping things clean for comical humor.
#14
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Haha, all's fine in my house. I don't play with the amp on unless it's day, and even then it's rare, until I master something...then I crank that sum-gun up sideways and shove it up my family's shoe size! Haha.

Yeah, I like keeping things clean for comical humor.


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#15
I saw a lesson, I think on YouTube with Steve Morse. He suggested playing one note fast but even with all upstrokes.

I think the theory was that most guitarists upstrokes were weaker than their downstrokes, it seems like a real simple thing, but it really does seem to make a difference.

This should improve alternate picking in general, not just tremolo picking.

I learned to tremolo pick playing a scale on one string ( G string works well ) like Eddie Van Halen or Ritchie blackmore.
#16
^What all these people said. I used to have trouble tremolo picking, then I discovered Dunlop Jazz II's. =o Don't like III's for some reason <.<


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