FAO Fast alternate pickers
I've recently been trying to improve my speed when alternate picking as I feel that speed is where Im lagging with my playing. I have always alternate picked and I have no problems with doing it, the problem is getting some decent kind of speed up.
Two weeks ago I decided to religiously stick to a picking routine with my metronome and I decided to start with various sextuplet exercises with the metronome set at 60bpm so it was slow enough to feel if there was any muscle tension and make my movements as minimal as possible.
I work shifts and I have been doing a minimum of 1 hour a day on constant picking exercises such as scales,fragments and single string exercises mostly based on petrucci and gilbert exercises.
A lot of the exercises I'm doing im repeating for a minute and moving straight to the next with no rest.
On week 1 I stayed at 60bpm, week 2 I moved to 65bpm and today (week 3) I moved to 70bpm.
Today I felt that I couldnt keep the exercises constant and had to keep shaking the tension out my forearm,(I was hoping a week at 65bpm would set me up for 70bpm with no issues)
I could do it but I fatigued before a minute for most of the exercises.
My routine used to consist of upping the bpm slightly every few minutes and playing in short bursts (sextuplets upto about 90bpm but not continuous) but Im now trying to stay at a certain speed for a week as explained.
Do you think its a good idea to stay at 1 speed for 7 days before upping the bpm, Im thinking it will stop me from cranking up the bpm and getting sloppy.
Is it normal to have slight tension in the picking forearm as I feel my forearm gets slightly pumped or should I slow down the bpm again and relax more??
I am now standing doing these exercises as I was getting tension in my picking shoulder which I couldnt shake off unless I rested the guitar on my left leg, I am also unplugged doing these exercises, is that ok?
Sorry for the long post but i wanted to explain it clearly lol