#1
i dont get the difference between down picking and sweep picking or up picking or w/e, is down picking picking down like moving ur thumb in a forward motion? is sweep picking moving ur middle finger backwards in a motion like that if u had a pick in ur hand? i didn't know there were different kinds of picking, ive just been picking for like a year and a half, and do certain types of picking make it easier to play songs?
#2
Downpicking is just strumming. Sweep-picking is a soloing technique where you move your fingers up and down the guitar while syncing them together with your picking hand.
#3
well up and down picking makes things easier for fast passages
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#5
sweep picking is like when u strum a chord but slower like a good example is the begining of welcome home from coheed and cambria
its the part that sounds like a muted somewat strummed chord
all u do is instead of picking each string indivudally like alt. picking u just glide down the strings and only hit it once
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#6
Down picking is pretty self-explanatory: it's using consecutive downstrokes (down, down, down etc) as opposed to the alternate picking pattern of down,up,down,up, etc. You'll see downpicking primarily in metal to give riffs a crunchier sound (Master of Puppets, for example: every single riff in the song is all downstrokes).

Sweep picking is much more difficult than downpicking, and is completely different. It's basically a technique where you glide the pick across the strings to sound out arpeggios, usually at a pretty fast speed. Tons of metal songs use it. Here's a decent explanation of it: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sweep_picking
#7
there's alternate picking which is both hitting the string down-up-down-up, instead of down-down-down-down
and tremolo, which uses the same method, but stays on a note for a period of time
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