This thread should go in the technique forum, but I can't make a thread there since I am new.

I would like to play this song:


If you look at the opening riff, it is a power chord (or dyad) on the 4th and 3rd strings. The tempo is very fast, like 150bpm. How would I play something so fast? Downstrokes don't work because there is a lead line that requires alternate picking. So the entire thing much be alternate picked, I think.

When I try to alternate pick the two notes, on the upstroke the pick always gets caught, no matter the angle of the pick. The only way I can play the riff is to hit the open D string once with a down stroke, then alternate pick the higher notes as a lead.

Last edited by gmascis at Oct 28, 2015,