#1
My guitar teacher has given me some scales to play like the chromatic scale, c major.

Should these always be played with alternate picking or is down-picking only OK for now?

I'm finding the alternate picking challenging and slower at the moment.
#3
Ideally, you should become proficient with all forms of picking. Practice it both ways. And also practice using all up strokes.
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#4
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My guitar teacher has given me some scales to play like the chromatic scale, c major.

Should these always be played with alternate picking or is down-picking only OK for now?

I'm finding the alternate picking challenging and slower at the moment.


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#5
I agree with Junior1, practice alternate picking, all down strokes and all upstrokes. Alternate picking will yield the highest speeds and should be your primary focus- spend the most time here. Downstrokes will help your rhythm playing and has certain tone benefits if you want to give a particular accent to a note or series of notes. Upstrokes are less important, but not a bad thing to work on as well.