#1
I'm still struggling with upstroaks.
Strumming chords, I can do, but still a bit cocky in alternate picking.

But when it comes to picking up and down for powerchords, I have major issues.

Any tips, or is this yet another "keep trying and you'll get it" situation?
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#2
use your fretting hand fingers to mute the strings you don't want played?
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#3
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use your fretting hand fingers to mute the strings you don't want played?

That's what everyone does?
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#5
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you mean punk style, fast up and down strokes? ..well its all the same in the end, but try to do it in slow motion then gradually speed up. then keep trying and youll get it

I didn't think of that.
It is punk style isn't it? Okay then, if they can do it I think I could
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#6
practice doing power chords with up and down strokes from the A string (or do octave chords, either ways good)
then try doing the power chords on the e string
just start slow brother

drop d is also good for alternate picking on the e string if your struggling. but thats cheating :P
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#7
Hi radomu,

I am not sure, if I understand your "problem" correctly...

If you are talking about the downstrokes sounding different to the upstrokes (more sharp and crisp, because the higher strings sound first) there are 3 things you can do to make it sound better:

1) make sure, that you hit the strings of the powerchord only (it is helpful to mute the strings not used in the chord, as described from VISIBLE NOISE)

2) lay the palm of your right hand on the bridge of your guitar to give your hand a "safe" position and maybe to "palm mute" the strings more or less

3) work or play with different stroking ankles of the pick and your wrist

After practising that for a little while you will get the right feeling, how to integrate all 3 (or 4) facts into your playing technique...

Do not expect the upstrokes to sound 100% the same as your downstrokes... this is not possible in my opinion... but you can make them sound almost the same...

Hope it helps you a little bit...
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#8
I'm having the same issue. When I play I usually mute the rest of the strings with my fretting hand, but, when I palm mute, I can only do downstrokes. When I try upstrokes, the notes sound more like two individual notes after each other than a proper power chord. Any way to improve this?