Hey guys, lets say im playing an A minor chord(open position fifth string), and im arpegiating it like "don't cry" by Guns n Roses intro. On the way down i use downstrokes, but i noticed that because i up-pick on the way up, it sounds louder and harsher(not in a good way). Should i just down pick the whole thing up and down? Is up-picking generally not advised?
Just keep doing it with up-strokes, but try to balance your up-stroke power with your down-stroke power. After some practice it'll sound more balanced and smoother.
You'll want to eventually learn to be just as efficient with your upstrokes as you are with downstrokes, may as well learn now. Up-picks can have a lot of pop/snap to them, just work on smoothing it out and it'll be good.