#1
For example, on a few Killswitch Engage songs, the riffs (some) are very generic with a lot of string skipping and all. Furthermore the timings on some of them.

Anyway, what are some ways to master these? As well as getting the riffs and technique down, since when I attempt at it it often sounds sloppy.
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#2
Focus young padawan. Get your right hand really strong and precise. That's part of what gives you that strong thunk on the low string. Get your downpicking good.

Then practice to sync your hands well. Practice more.
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#3
Hah, all right. And do you recommend up and down picking on these patterns? I've seen a lot of videos and most of them did so.
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#4
It's probably better to learn to alternate pick them. Other people will say it's bad though, so I guess it's up to you. You can go faster with alternate picking though, which will come in handy.
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killswitch engage has some dissonant riffs, they're kind grindcore tho

#5
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Hah, all right. And do you recommend up and down picking on these patterns? I've seen a lot of videos and most of them did so.

Only alternate pick if the riff calls for it. Most metalcore riffs are all downpicked, but there are some parts (especially for KSE) that are definitely alternate picked. Just listen/play it to see (upstrokes have a higher/lighter sound to them).

Also, to be fair, KSE's lead guitarist is one of the more talented metalcore guitarists out there.

EDIT: Alternate picking has a different sound than straight downpicking. It does make a difference.
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#6
Down picking will give you the most aggressive attack. It's how to make the intro riff the Holy Diver and Trivium's Like Light to Flies sound so tight and aggressive. If you do any up strokes, you should hear some difference.
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#7
Thanks, but just check out the bridge part in KSE's Rose of Sharyn. That part pisses me off because it sounds so good but it looks f*cked up just trying to learn that part.
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#8
Take up jazz.
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#9
KSE has a sweet guitarist...
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#11
Downpicking pretty much is metalcore..
and to the Rose of Sharyn brideg dude. I LOVE that bridge it = epic.
but it took me years to finally learn lol
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#12
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Downpicking pretty much is metalcore..
and to the Rose of Sharyn brideg dude. I LOVE that bridge it = epic.
but it took me years to finally learn lol

Hah, yeah. I almost have it. I'm just learned the second guitar part for now.
Gear:

Guitars:
Takamine Gs330S
Fender Standard Stratocaster
Ibanez RG3EXQM1
Epiphone SG G-310

Amps:
Crate Palomino V16

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#13
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#14
That riff is definately down-picked and trying to play it alternate picked (like I did up until yesterday) will just make it sound sloppy....