#1
So I thought I had this down pretty well, I have been playing about a year and can play crazy train and bark at the moon and some other stuff. But I have noticed that every time i start an alternate picking run or whatever, I always start on an DOWNpick.

Is there anything wrong with this? I feel like some of these fast riffs I do would be a ton easier if I was just able to start on an upstroke after a powerchord you know? Say I hit a D5 powerchord, I jump OVER the low E to start alternate picking 16th notes everytime,

I have a feeling this isnt going to work for so long. Should I start learning how to do songs and stuff with the most effective way to alternate pick?
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#2
no, i think you have learned economy picking, some people love 'pure' alternate picking, where they have to keep alternating all of the time, while economy isnt as rigid, and you sometimes use downstrokes more

essentially, that is the most effective i think, its basically whatever your preference is, and how comfortable you think you are while playing.

if your playing starts to become affected by it, then look at your picking technique then
#3
John Petrucci would say you should be 'ambipickstrous'. Be able to start a run/lick/riff on both up and down strokes.
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#4
Yeah I think im going to start learning to not jump over the strings to start alternate picking again. I really think its limiting.
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#6
I do it different every time. I usually don't notice unless it affects my ability to play the lick (string skipping licks are greatly affected by which stroke you start on).
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John Petrucci would say you should be 'ambipickstrous'. Be able to start a run/lick/riff on both up and down strokes.


Yeah. Alternate picking should be a natural thing, where it shouldn't matter whether you start on a up- or down-stroke, you should be able to play it naturally either way.
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