#1
does anyone know any good ways that i could up my picking speed (for both notes and chords). Not like, "try going up and down",, but techniques i could practice in order to improve both my picking hand and my fretting hand?

any help would be greatly appreciated
#3
You're probably going to hear this alot, but just practise alternate picking. If it's get's too boring that you're alternate picking everything, then make it as a warm-up so that it's alternate on every other string.

Take a look at this video, it should explain more clearly that what my words can do :
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LbZATR1Zid0
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#4
Drum Machine....slowly build up speed. Metronomes are to lame to play with...LOL

Focus on small hand motions.
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