#1
I've been practising tremolo picking for a while but I can't seem to get it, I tense up too much and then it all goes to hell. And when I do get it going, I can't keep my timing right. Whats the best way to learn/practise?
#2
Start slow, hold your pick and keep your arm in the most comfortable way, your hand should stay relaxed, for the timing, metronome.
#3
great advice by Zeletros

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As Monkeys...
Then evolved.
End Debate.
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#4
Get a metronome, and start playing the licks you're working on at comfortable speed. Make sure you're picking from your wrist and angle the pick downward a bit. It would also be better on the long run if you don't anchor.
#5
Start with larger movements, like strumming all strings rapidly but in time. Then add some basic strum patterns (again, quickly & in time). Then do the same patterns on one string (all 6, one string at a time).

Once your hand is worn out from all this, attack one string playing at 90% of your top speed, paying close attention to pick angle & rotation. Don't play at top speed or you'll have inconsistencies - play at 90% and try to go non-stop for 1 minute. If you can, play a tad faster until 1 minute is almost impossible.
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#6
Quote by jack30barton
Start with larger movements, like strumming all strings rapidly but in time. Then add some basic strum patterns (again, quickly & in time). Then do the same patterns on one string (all 6, one string at a time).

Once your hand is worn out from all this, attack one string playing at 90% of your top speed, paying close attention to pick angle & rotation. Don't play at top speed or you'll have inconsistencies - play at 90% and try to go non-stop for 1 minute. If you can, play a tad faster until 1 minute is almost impossible.
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Just in case you couldn't tell by the advert at the bottom: this advice is extremely poor.

Zeletros got it right, slow practise with a metronome, using small and relaxed motions is the way to go. Tremolo picking is (physically) the same as alternate picking.
Speed is a by-product of shut the fuck up.