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skaterpunk118
03-07-2008, 04:14 PM
I've been playing for a little over a year and I never learned how to pick fast and do like tremolo picking(I think that's what it is when you play each note multiple times really fast). Is picking fast in the wrist or the arm? Is it easier sitting down or standing up. Also any exorcises that I could use to get faster. Any help would be appreciated and not that it matters since my rep power is pretty low but rep too. Also, anyone want to recommend me some fun, intermediate songs to play. I don't really like playing metal.

skaterpunk118
03-07-2008, 06:31 PM
Anyone?

kas
03-07-2008, 07:06 PM
Best song to learn, I think, for tremolo picking is Misirlou by Dick Drake. There are different techniques that work for different people. Personally I anchor slightly below and between my bridge and middle pickups with my pinky and then move my hand back and forth like a hinge at my pinky.

For general picking speed help in terms of alternate picking, I HIGHLY recommend using some patterns paul gilbert teaches. Here's a vid:
http://youtube.com/watch?v=ROYgceF8LrI

And if you PM me I can e-mail you a guitar pro file with the patterns in it. Just searching 'paul gilbert lesson' or something like that on youtube will turn up plenty of great results.

That's the stuff that worked for me, I hope it's helpful for you too. http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f378/_Kas2/cheers.gif

tubbyturd
03-07-2008, 09:16 PM
words.....picking is Misirlou by Dick Drake.....words


It's Dick Dale -- Originally from Dick Dale and the Deltones. Considered to be one of the the godfathers of heavy metal.

Misirlou (http://www.boomp3.com/m/7e7b8acfc885/dick-dale-misirlou)

Nitrus (http://www.boomp3.com/m/21d06d9e4596/dick-dale-nitrus)

Both of those are fine examples from him. The first from 1963, the second from around 1993.

As to the original question, I couldn't really help you too much -- I'm more of a fingerpicker/folk guitar player.

justsoicanusethesearchbar
03-07-2008, 09:33 PM
heres a good alternate picking exercise i learned from some paul gilbert lesson video :

e|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|--------5------------5-----------5------------5------------5--------------|
E|--5-7-8---8-7-5-7-8---8-7-5-7-8---8-7-5-7-8---8-7-5-7-8---8-7-5----|
D U D U D U D U D U

D= Downstroke U=Upstroke. Its crucial that you follow that picking pattern. The trick there is to make sure your up stroking the D on the A string (5th fret on the A string)







*ahh the tab gets all messed up when i press save

kas
03-07-2008, 10:09 PM
heres a good alternate picking exercise i learned from some paul gilbert lesson video :


D= Downstroke U=Upstroke. Its crucial that you follow that picking pattern. The trick there is to make sure your up stroking the D on the A string (5th fret on the A string)







*ahh the tab gets all messed up when i press save


e|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|--------5------------5-----------5------------5------------5--------------|
E|--5-7-8---8-7-5-7-8---8-7-5-7-8---8-7-5-7-8---8-7-5-7-8---8-7-5----|
D U D U D U D U D U


fixed, use the
[code] tags for tablature because every character is made the same size.

Marevix
03-08-2008, 10:44 AM
I learned tremolo picking first through songs I knew that had them, and then through tremolo picking scales.

Asume
03-08-2008, 10:48 AM
alternate picking is simple and easy. its all in the wrist, just keep your fingers slightly stiff.







i can bust a rhyme anytime.

Schism
03-08-2008, 10:53 AM
Knights Of Cydonia by Muse

Tony
03-08-2008, 10:57 AM
Hah finally, this is definatly my aspect if something.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=K7lTOATS2lU&feature=related

John Petrucci's Rock Discipline video, basically gives you all the tips you can get, optimally you should try all these exercises starting with an upstroke and a downstroke just to learn it all. That covers 16th note runs using chromatic scale, just learn the run John plays in that video, and with a metronome start from let's say 100 bpm with 4 notes per beat, and slowly work your way up. Just watch that, the same video has 16th note triplets also covered.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=6gH58yL4kXk&feature=related

This part 3 has very much stuff about harder alternate picking, no 2 up or downstrokes anywhere. Some part also has arpeggios alternate picked but that's a lot harder and you should learn the stuff in these videos first. It took me shitloads of time to master all of this 10/10, don't espect it to be easy.

You're welcome.

EDIT:
Oh and when you get to about 140 bpm with 16th note triplets even with one string, I can say some people have a lot easier time moving their cords in the picking hand faster than others, nothing you can't practice to perfect though.