Join Date: May 2003
Location: London, England
Re: Picking technique
Practice slow enough that your shoulder is not tensing up, and only play at that speed (yes, this sucks, yes you have to do it, yes it's the only way). Eventually you will be able to play a little (tiny) bit faster without tensing up, and you have to work it up. But always start at the first speed you did without tension.
This takes a long time (weeks, months), yes it sucks but it will be worth it. Your picking will be faster and more accurate, you will be able to play for longer periods of time and improve at a faster rate. Your choice.