#1
This is kinda embarasing...!
But I can't really play fast alternate picking.
I've been practising since 2010 (and I mean intense practising), and I feel like I've master varies of sweeps and taps, and I can play it fairly clean, but when it comes to simple Alternate picking, I just can't seem to shred properly.
My overall skill may have become higher since 2010, and there is certain things I play cleaner now than ever, but I don't have that voice in my head that say "I have finaly mastered this!".

Is it a matter of pickholding, or just technique?
Is it just a matter of more, controlled practise or am I doing something wrong?
Glufius
#2
Quote by Glufius
This is kinda embarasing...!
But I can't really play fast alternate picking.
I've been practising since 2010 (and I mean intense practising), and I feel like I've master varies of sweeps and taps, and I can play it fairly clean, but when it comes to simple Alternate picking, I just can't seem to shred properly.
My overall skill may have become higher since 2010, and there is certain things I play cleaner now than ever, but I don't have that voice in my head that say "I have finaly mastered this!".

Is it a matter of pickholding, or just technique?
Is it just a matter of more, controlled practise or am I doing something wrong?


Someone else may be able to offer more insightful help, but at the end of the day I found it just boiled down to good old practice. Get out a metronome and slow it right down and just practice with a clean tone, gradually increasing the BPM.

Hope that wasn't too much of a blunt answer

Good luck!!
#3
How do you position your picking hand? Are you able to provide a photo or video?

My picking my terrible until not to long ago and I'v been playing 5 years. It took a lot of work for me, even though I can do loads of others things well, so don't be embarrassed.

I can still down pick fast than alternate pick. But people get shocked by my down picking skills.

The key to good alternate picking in my opinion is about being relaxed and comfortable, as well as how to hit the string.
#4
Is it a matter of pickholding, or just technique?


Both. This would be my advice on the former - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XT23yafjAN4

Is it just a matter of more, controlled practise or am I doing something wrong?


Probably both - picking is the hardest skill to develop because you need a super precise left hand and a super precise right.

I would recommend spending at least an hour a day on just picking for at least a couple of months. As well, most people tend to drill quite easy licks over and over, the return for invested time is quite low after you can play the basic patterns. I'd suggest you try these two exercises, they really helped me -
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pOsvZdvVndo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dFlX54OoSsA&feature=related