#1
I've recently noticed a sharp dropoff in my maximum downpicking speed lately. For some reason I can't play Master of Puppets nearly as accurately as I could last week. Is this just a bad week or is this a problem?
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#3
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Has your technique changed?


Not that I'm aware of.
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#4
It could be that your not warmed up enough. I know that when I'm doing speed studies and I just start out going fast, I usually suck. If i take the time to slow things down a bit and make sure each note sounds clear, then when I start playing fast again, my technique is a lot cleaner.
#5
^Do what he says. And if that doesn't help, try taking a short break, it doesn't sound like a good idea but it can really help.
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#6
Most likely it's just a couple of bad days. You could be tired, not as focused as other days, etc, etc. +1 to what almosthuman said about making sure you're warmed up, and hootie37 about taking a day off to recharge the batteries.
If it hasn't passed naturally within a week or two I would start looking to see if maybe a technique gremlin has snuck into your playing without you noticing.
#7
shred up and down the chromatic scale in E with a metronome, increase the tempo until you feel okay with your picking speed
#8
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shred up and down the chromatic scale in E with a metronome, increase the tempo until you feel okay with your picking speed

This is definitely a good warm up exercise. Although I would suggest doing the modified chromatic scale because its a more efficient warm up scale. And I usually do it in A. But E could work just fine.
#9
My downpicking speed changes depending on how I'm feeling, if I'm tired, im slow, if I just ate alot of sugar then I can downpick faster. Warm up first too