#1
For metal style tremolo picking, do you guys use a hard pointy pick like a Stubby and a Jazz III or a soft flexible pick? On an acoustic I find only soft picks work.

Also when "machine-gunning" with a power chord progression are you suppose to pre-tension your picking arm right before the trem picking part or should your arm be completely relaxed all the time?
#2
I only use 1mm picks, and I pretty much only play metal. They get the job done, whatever I do. It's the only kind of picks that always feels the same, no matter how fast or with what technique I use, it's always some sort of heavy pick. Tremolo picking the entire power chord is not that common, as it will usually result in quite a bit of note. Try the base note of the chord, if you want the machine-gun-like sound.
#3
I didn't mean to say tremolo picking the entire chord but within a power chord progression something like:

7---7---7-------------7---7
5---5---5---0-0-0---5---5 etc.


With the three low E notes being triplet 8ths and the A5's being quarter notes or something.
#4
I personally prefer relatively stiff picks, I think the ones I use most often are something like Dunlop Tortex 0.71s, possibly 0.78s but i have been known to use much thinner ones in the past, I find that they're good for lead playing but for downpicking they're a bit iffy.

Quote by Cuddrow
Tremolo picking the entire power chord is not that common, as it will usually result in quite a bit of note.


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