#1
So i haven't posted in a while cause I gave up on guitar for a while. I have noticed I cannot pick both ways without stuffing up, especially on Tornado of Souls and this specific part of For Whom The Bell Tolls:
e|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
G|-12-9-11----9-11-12-9-11----9-11-12-9-11----9-11-12-9-11----9-11-|
D|---------12--------------12--------------12--------------12------|
A|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
E|-----------------------------------------------------------------|


Any songs or practising methods to help me get used to picking both ways?
#3
To get started, you could just use that riff to get used to it. Take it slow and gradually get it up to speed. Try to practice it starting with a down stroke, and then starting with an up stroke. Once you get used to that, here's a little exercise I got from John Petrucci's Rock Discipline DVD:


e|---------------5-9---------------
B|-----------5---------5-----------
G|-------6-----6-----6-----6-------
D|---7-----7-------------7-----7---
A|-----7---------------------7-----
E|-5-----------------------------5-

This exercise helped my picking more than anything else. It's basically just an A major arpeggio with string skipping. It's the first part of a longer progression and quite a long exercise, but it should get you started. If you want to see the whole thing, skip to about 16:45 in this video:
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Junior's usually at least a little terse, but he knows his stuff. I've always read his posts in a grouchy grandfather voice, a grouchy grandfather with a huge stiffy for alternate picking.
Besides that, he's right this time. As usual.
Last edited by Junior#1 at Feb 15, 2017,