Join Date: Dec 2000
Location: Melbourne, FL 32940
Re: Seeking alternate picking advice
I see a few things going on that could make playing fast difficult for you.
The right hand is not the hardest part of playing fast. If you can pick one note fast up and down steadily, you can do it.
First off if you are using 9s for strings, that will slow you down, they bounce out of the way when picking fast. Try using a pick in the 1.0 range plus or minus a bit won't hurt. The real problem for most people is over picking, picking faster than the left hand is moving. Another big don't I've seen a lot of is left hand positioning problems, I think this is your issue. I see your thumb on top of the neck almost all of the time. Try putting the flat pad of your thumb behind your first finger when playing leads or licks. The thumb should move up and down towards the floor and ceiling as you first finger changes strings, staying right behind it on the neck pointing up. Also, bend your wrist and bring your hand away from yourself putting more of your hand on the other side of the fretboard. This will allow your fingers to come almost straight at the fretboard. I see you pulling your pinky far away from the fretboard when you are not using it, that is not good for speed. You want to keep your fingers close to the strings when they are waiting for the next note, don't straighten them out like that, keep them clawed and ready for action. Well that is enough for now, see if any of my tips help and feel free to ask questions if this is not clear enough. Most of all, have fun!