#1
My alternate picking is definately not what I want it to be. Sometimes, I can play almost perfectly. Slow speeds and higher ones. Then, other times, I can't even play slow - 60bpm. Fast would be around 100bpm.

Could it be because I don't warm up enough???

Thanks in advanced.
#2
well it might be your technique. is it strict up and down? or do you change with direction?
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My alternate picking is definately not what I want it to be. Sometimes, I can play almost perfectly. Slow speeds and higher ones. Then, other times, I can't even play slow - 60bpm. Fast would be around 100bpm.

Could it be because I don't warm up enough???

Thanks in advanced.


are you serious??? or is that just when you have an off day?

i clocked myself at 250bpm once....

to answer ur question, maybe look up some instructional videos on alternate picking techniques, one guy posted the other day about how he watched a paul gilbert vid or sumthin and realised he wasnt gettin tight picking because he used his thumb to move the pic instead of using the wrist.

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#4
It could be that you're not locked in to the beat of the metronome. When I'm playing sextuplets at 30bpm, I have to let the beat sink in my mind. before I play, I do count the sextuplets between each beat and then I start playing. I couldn't play at 20bpm 'cause of the space between clicks.

So I guess just pay attention and pay attention to the clicks.

One exercise that I can think of is to play at a comfortable speed, then lower the metronome click a little at a time until you get on a slow speed.

EDIT: OR you were comfortable in the fast speed and can't go back to slow.
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are you serious??? or is that just when you have an off day?

i clocked myself at 250bpm once....

Wow dude! You're fucking awesome!


Warming up does have a big effect on speed, if you just pick up a guitar and expect to play your fastest/cleanest it probably won't turn out that way. I've found I need to play about 30 minutes before I can attempt to do my most challenging exercises cleanly.
#6
Comparing speed in BPM is stupid without saying what note duration your playing. Also, there's more than just speed, such as the complexity of the line and articulation/clarity.

As mentioned, warming up is important. Also, make sure your picking motion and pick angle is always consistently the same.
#7
Quote by bigtimmy
are you serious??? or is that just when you have an off day?

i clocked myself at 250bpm once....

250bpm isn't that fast when you're using whole notes.
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My alternate picking is definately not what I want it to be. Sometimes, I can play almost perfectly. Slow speeds and higher ones. Then, other times, I can't even play slow - 60bpm. Fast would be around 100bpm.

Could it be because I don't warm up enough???

Thanks in advanced.


When you say "can't" what do you mean? Like what happens? e.g. do you feel tense, can't stay locked to beat, etc