#1
Why is important to be able to have strong solid down picking? It's a lot easier to just alternate pick.
#2
you are a very lucky person so that alternate picking comes easy to you
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#3
its important in things like metal. and palm muting songs.

Rythym chops are quite hard, and if you havent got a solid down stroke, you'll find it harder. of course they mix both alternate picking aswell... if your using two strings it sounds better. like raggae sounds good with upstrokes
#4
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Why is important to be able to have strong solid down picking? It's a lot easier to just alternate pick.

Different styles call for different picking. They generate different tones.
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Different styles call for different picking. They generate different tones.


yep, it sounds more 'metalish' if you just down pick i think, and even if you're just holding a power chord and say all down picking it rather than up down strokes on it it sounds alot different
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its important in things like metal. and palm muting songs.

Rythym chops are quite hard, and if you havent got a solid down stroke, you'll find it harder. of course they mix both alternate picking aswell... if your using two strings it sounds better. like raggae sounds good with upstrokes


Plus when your accentuating notes it helps to have a good downstroke.
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#7
Downstroking is more agressive. That's why the vast majority of Metallica riffs and such are played downstroked because it gets that sound.
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#8
Try playing Master Of Puppets alt. picking. It sounds like ass, nothing I really play requires constant downpicking, but I still play it like that.
#9
On the contrary, if you practice at it, alternate picking Master of Puppets (minus chords of course) can sound just as good.

Anyway, it's about phrasing. Sure, you can hit the note, but did you hit it the right way?

Think of it like speaking. Sure, you can say what you want to say. But did it achieve the effect on people as you wanted?
#10
Well in metal, I would guess the more deeper sounding part is important, so you hit the e and a first, rather then the high e, just wouldn't sound heavy.
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#11
Ya like those guys said, its a more 'metal' sound. And with rhythm guitar, you have to be able to have a good downstroke usually on the beat. However with rhythm, you do have to have a really good alternate picking. So just work on both, but its good to learn all styles.
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#12
It's a more powerful sound.

But alternate picking is faster, so you're lucky if you find it easier. Most people find downpicking a lot easier.
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#13
Metallica type and some heavyyyy chugging are much better in downpicking. I have a easier time playing downpicks on metal and alt picking on funk (Hendrix,chords, james brown ;D) But i cant downpick Pantera and it pisses me off, does Dime alt or downpick?
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Metallica type and some heavyyyy chugging are much better in downpicking. I have a easier time playing downpicks on metal and alt picking on funk (Hendrix,chords, james brown ;D) But i cant downpick Pantera and it pisses me off, does Dime alt or downpick?
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You're a ****ing retard.

Downpicking, like any other different picking style, adds a different sound to the music you're playing. Metal players favour downpicking because of the heavier sound you can get out of it instead of just alternate picking.
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Metallica type and some heavyyyy chugging are much better in downpicking. I have a easier time playing downpicks on metal and alt picking on funk (Hendrix,chords, james brown ;D) But i cant downpick Pantera and it pisses me off, does Dime alt or downpick?

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#17
I found downpicking a lot easier. I don't know it's just kind of gravity helping me out I guess...
#19
Do you mean ecomony like, awesome metal chugging on pm riffs and then alt picking on the fast parts? (cowboys from hell)
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#20
I don't know why people say downpicking is easier; yes, it's easier to play when you start, but once I got it down, everything is so much easier to play fast. When I play MOP downpicking, my arm dies in like 30 seconds and it's sounds pathetically slow, but when I alt. pick, I can go like 1.5x the speed of the song (or more, I haven't compared...)

And are we talking powerchords or single note runs? I mean, I always downpick on chords, but have you tried playing One without alt. picking? Maybe you could do it, but it's infinitely harder.