#1
Hello, fellow guitarists

I've got a question. It's about my speed. Let's take an example
of my 2-week period. I started with about 160-170 bpm quarter notes and got a steady improvement till 210 bpm ( for example I could play Painkiller with downstrokes, Creeping Death actually faster than actual tempo and I was practicing Indians of Anthrax). I had no problem at all.

Now when I eased with my downpicking and started to play different things again for a while, my downpicking speed has dropped drastically (From 210 to 190). I have still practiced downpicking.

Any ideas how to maintain speed without having to use all the time practicing only picking down?
#2
This is one of the only instances where you will see me compare playing guitar to any kind of sport but in this case... it really is more of a brute muscle endurance thing than skill. Use it or lose it dude.
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