ok whats the trick for getting a good up pick. Should I just practice chuggin with up picks? seems like I can do so well starting with down picks as long as it ENDS on a down pick and I meen it has to or else its wack. What did you guys do to help with this?

I just created a little exercise that picks a E power cord like this

down up down up let ring down... up down up... down up down.
Last edited by rebel624 at Feb 23, 2009,
keep practicing and that little hesitation will go away. I had it too.
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Practice licks that require accented upstrokes like Sultan's of Swing.

Stroke order with the pick: down down up.

This takes practice. I don't know if you've heard the original? Knopfler plays it with the thumb and finger.

Repeat x4. It's the top end of a D Minor arpeggio.

It then moves to...

Repeat x4 and a half times, so you finish on the upstroke (the note F (13 th fret). It's the top end of a Bb Major arpeggio. Move this lick up a tone to C Major, and play 7 and a half times, so you finish on the note G (15th fret).

So that's a way of playing "the fast bit" on the Sultans of Swing solo. There are many other licks and musical phrases. I find that repetition licks, like this one are great for developing upstrokes. Since I use this stroke order: down down up for these kinda phrases.

Also, chromatics.

top e-8-7-6-5-6-7-8

Repeat, start on an upstroke, and accent the upstroke evey time you return to C. Transfer on to other strings.
Last edited by mdc at Feb 23, 2009,