#1
I've been playing for 3 and a quarter years, and have no problem with alternate picking etc, but i have a few problems with downpicking, especially songs such as master of puppets. I found myself to have a slight problem with the spider riff in master of puppets. The problem I'm having is that my right arm and hand tense up as i pick faster, which is severely cutting down my stamina. Anyone know how i can stop my hand from tensing up?
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#2
Just play it slow over and over without getting tense and work your way up. When I was learning alternate picking the one thing people told me was to stay loose and if I ever did anything that caused my arm to get tight that I should slow it down until I got used to it then speed it up.
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Just play it slow over and over without getting tense and work your way up. When I was learning alternate picking the one thing people told me was to stay loose and if I ever did anything that caused my arm to get tight that I should slow it down until I got used to it then speed it up.



Downpicking, not alt.
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#4
Play it slow and loose until it gets faster.
Last edited by tenfold at Mar 25, 2009,
#5
I can't tell you how relieved I am that you didn't ask The Pit.
So. Serious answer.
Same finger exercises you do with your left. I prefer the V sign made with each pair of fingers in turn. This has many benefits and should improve your stamina on guitar too.

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#6
Try to relax and let it happen easier, you tense up because you're trying to hard. What you've got, sounds similar the 'death grip (I think)' a problem a lot of people get with gripping the neck too hard.

Relaxation is key to improving the way you play.

(Off topic: I'm glad this thread didn't come up in the pit...)

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#7
Wow, I made it to the end without some referrence to "Special Happy Fun Time",

Basically what everyone else said, just take it slow, and make sure you stretch before you play. It's especially important with faster music like you mentioned, because if you dont, you could get tendonitis, and that's no fun.
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#8
Another question, how much faster is Master than Painkiller by Judas Priest? Because i have no problem with Painkiller, so it must be quite a lot slower?
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Quote by H_ngm_n
Just play it slow over and over without getting tense and work your way up. When I was learning alternate picking the one thing people told me was to stay loose and if I ever did anything that caused my arm to get tight that I should slow it down until I got used to it then speed it up.



This is only partly true.

You definitely do need to practice things slowly making sure that there is absolutely no tension. It's also important to find the exact speed where tension begins. What you really need to do is play a bit at the fastest speed you can play without tension, then keep boosting the speed until you reach your maximum speed, and slightly beyond. Then again drop your speed down again. Each time you do it, you should be able to play tension free slightly faster.

Really it's like building stamina for anything. You can't build stamina by staying within your limits, you have to push yourself past your capabilities in order to increase your capabilities.

If a weightlifter can comfortably lift 200lbs without trouble, continuing to do so will not make him strong, and no matter how many times he lifts those 200lbs, it'll never allow him to lift 250.

So, in reality, if you want to be able to play MoP without tension, you're going to have to actually start playing it past it's normal 220bpm. Even if it sounds terrible, even if you can't keep up. Eventually this style of practice will make the normal 220 much more manageable and much less tense.

It's important to note that this style of practice will introduce some sloppy habits into your playing, so you must make absolutely sure that at the end of each practice session you reinforce good playing habits by playing slowly smoothly and cleanly.

Also, don't injure your wrists