#1
So, I'm just curious as to what other people think, so I thought I'd ask.

Is it a bad thing that 90% of the time, I only do downpicking?

Now, I'm in a metal band and as a result have to do lots of riffing, and lots of these riffs require my other guitarist to alternate pick between the palm-muted notes and the open notes, although I do not. I can do alternate picking, I just really prefer not to. It's a habit that I've managed to develop over my time of playing, which is just over two years. It hasn't hindered me from playing anything brought to the table, as my downpicking is ridiculously fast.

Thoughts?
#2
If you can alternate pick well then no it doesn't matter. If you're using it to hide from poor alternate picking then fix it. Simple as.
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#3
try playing a solo.


yeah, ain't gonna happen with only downpicking
#4
Hetfield is ok with it. If it works for you, great.
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#5
Being able to down pick riffs is an awesome skill, as it sounds tighter, more accurate and looks cooler than alternate picking. Not saying the alternate isn't important, but for rhythm, down picking is definitely the way to go, if you can.
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#6
Constant downpicking gives you more of an aggressive sound as it naturally sounds that way. Sometimes its essential to use alternate picking so you can accent certain chords with your down pick. Especially for metal. I would advise honing in on your alternate picking by practicing just up strokes for a while. If you can already down pick really fast, then working on your upstrokes will enable you to do both really fast, and in turn you could probably double your speed.

And its easier to play to.
#7
Thanks, guys! I've definitely been working on my alternate picking, but it's not nearly as good yet!
#8
Also you may want to use a lighter grip on your pick when doing alternate picking. It needs a little bit of breathing room for alternate picking. I don´t like the sound of alternate picking when executed with the same tight grip of downstroke-picking riffs. The tight grip sounds great here and it´s an important skill.
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Also you may want to use a lighter grip on your pick when doing alternate picking. It needs a little bit of breathing room for alternate picking. I don´t like the sound of alternate picking when executed with the same tight grip of downstroke-picking riffs. The tight grip sounds great here and it´s an important skill.


This. It's hard to alternate pick (for a solo or w/e) when you grip the pick tightly.

But if you're using a pretty thin pick then it sounds too "air-y" if you don't grip it tightly.
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#10
With al light grip you can still alter the hardness of your stroke, whick comes out of your wrist. I wouldn´t use a thin pick on an electric guitar though.
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Also you may want to use a lighter grip on your pick when doing alternate picking. It needs a little bit of breathing room for alternate picking. I don´t like the sound of alternate picking when executed with the same tight grip of downstroke-picking riffs. The tight grip sounds great here and it´s an important skill.


Not this...tight grip on the pick, keep your wrist loose and just use the tip of your pick. Adjust the attack angle as needed for the desired pick attack. You can also add a slight twisting motion at the wrist to further increase your picking speed, reducing the amount of up/down motion of your wrist. But always maintain a tight grip on the pick.
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#12
Not this...tight grip on the pick, keep your wrist loose and just use the tip of your pick.


No, a light grip is far better. If you grip it tightly your wrist will tense up much more easily. If you aren't stable then you should probably adjust your style of holding the pick. I barely hold the pick unless I'm picking extremely hard.
#13
Grip on your pick, besides other parameters like wrist motion, hardness of stroke, pick angle, is part of tone production and phrasing. If you use a tight grip throughout you are limited.
#14
There are so many good advice. Try to follow all of this. Definitely it will works......
#15
As long as you do know how to alternate pick, it won't really hurt you. When it comes to strumming chords, I only do down strokes, although I can do upstrokes just as well. Just like the sound better! It's all up to you, but just be sure that you have the ability to do alternate picking well when there is a need for it.