#1
so ive started playing faster stuff, to be specific, im working on 'thrice - identity crisis'. i have no trouble keeping up to tempo, that is, until i hit the 16th note chords at the original 202 bpm. i have no trouble doing the 8th notes with down strums, but when i hit the 16ths, no matter how fast i try and go, i cant keep up with just down strums. so im trying to learn alternate strumming with it. but i hold the pick slightly angled downwards so when i go to strum upwards it kind of feels funny. should i hold my pick differently (more perpendicular towards the body). also the 16th chords have a muted note in between which kind of makes it feel even weirder. chords in question are (note, the chords are each a bar of 16ths, just too lazy to type it all out):

e|---------------------
B|---------------------
G|-16-14-12-11-8-
D|---------------------
A|-14-12-10--9--6-
E|---------------------

i have no problem with my left hand, i can mute the middle note fine. any tips on overcoming this problem? or is it just practice with strumming up at slow tempos and then speeding up?

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#4
And try not to force the strum -- keep a steady, flowing motion.