#1
Hi,
I am practicing tremolo picking at the minute and my hand is not tenced as it should be, but whenever i try to go a little bit quicker than usual my hand tences slighly shakes(cant control this) and then just gives up.
Is there any specific excersizes or runs that i can practice that will improve my tremolo picking.
Cheers.
#2
Nothing you can do will make you pick faster if that's what you're focusing on. Stop pushing yourself for speed and work on the things that make up speed: relaxation, co-ordination and, most of all for your picking hand, economy of motion. Unless you're making small, relaxed movements you'll never be able to really push your speed at all.
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#3
Your hand shouldn't be tensed with anything you play, if you're tensing to trem pick then you're not doing it correctly.
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#4
How about chromatic scale which uses all four fingers, practicing trem picking on each finger? Slowly and as Mark say's, without tension in hand. Trem picking can go side to side, as well as up and down, play around with that as well. Side to side might reduce tension in hand, at least it makes sense in my mind without guitar in hand.
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#5
Yeah, that's what we like to call the limit of what you can play.

No matter how fast you can play, if you try to push past that, you'll get tense. You just need to keep practising and stay relaxed and that "limit" will keep increasing.
#7
So practice tremolo picking with chromatics ? ,
Is that how most metal players start tremolo ?
I am usually play blues, rock and punk but wanted to try something a little bit more demanding
#8
practice. use an obnoxiously light pick, and work your way up to higher speeds.
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#9
If you check out my channel on Youtube you can take a look at my basic videos on picking for a start. I don't yet have a video on tremolo picking, but there are many demonstrations on me doing it in the demo video and I should have a lesson on it up in the next few weeks. Basic Techniques
#10
just relax while sitting and watching tv or something, grab a pick, and simply pick the air. wile not paying any attention to your hand. just watch tv. stay as relaxed as possible. its just like running or swimming, or biking, you gain speed as you work the muscles. but it doesn't work if you tense them up because it can cause injury to the muscles.
i guess to sum it all up, just practice.