I searched for this, but nothing really relevant popped up.

I've been playing the guitar for about 2 years now, and I just can't seem to do the really fast and rythmic alternate picking used alot in breakdowns and introductions. I just seem to really tense up, which is not a good way to be playing. I've been trying to learn this kind of picking for a while now, but I just don't seem to be getting any better at it. I can alternate pick riffs just fine, but this stuff with short pauses really stumps me.

Do you guys have any experience with learning this kind of picking? How should I go at it because my way is obviously not working.

Heres a youtube video so you can hear what I mean:

Heres a tab showing what I mean:

Any help would be much appreciated.
WTLTL 2011
Try doing the general picking motion all the time. Just pretend like you're picking out whatever song you want. It helps.
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For the song he listed you have to rest your hand on the bridge to mute the strings...

and the best suggestion I can give is take it town to 1/2 or even 1/3 or 1/4 (depending on the speed of the song) and play it, and slowly speed up the tempo until you got the alternate picking thing in your muscle memory
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