Users' questions

How can I get better at picking down?

How can I get better at picking down?

If you want to increase your downstroke. Practice your upstrokes and shorten your range of motion. You can only pick as fast as you can recoil. If your hand is slower at getting back to the position you need to be in to perform the downstroke, you will only be able to downstroke so fast.

Is down picking hard?

When mastered, downpicking can make for a seriously beastly rhythm guitar sound. But, it ain’t easy! Many guitarists have thrown in the towel when it comes to downpicking, put off by the sheer endurance it requires. But, it is possible to emulate the likes of Hetfield, Mustaine and Johnny Ramone.

What is down picking in guitar?

Downpicking, sometimes referred to as down-stroke picking, is a technique used by musicians on plucked string instruments in which the player moves the plectrum, or pick in a downward motion, relative to the position of the instrument, against one or more of the strings to make them vibrate.

What do you mean by downpicking in guitar?

But what is downpicking? As the name suggests, downpicking, or down-stroke picking, is a technique in which the guitarist moves the pick in a downward motion against one or more strings, without the addition of upstrokes (as in alternate picking).

What kind of downpicking is used in speed metal?

In genres like punk and thrash and speed metal, rapid speed (180bpm+) eighth-note downpicking is fairly common. But, why would you want to remove those upstrokes – and effectively double the effort for your picking hand – when performing a rhythm part. We’ll let Revocation’s Dave Davidson (via Guitar World) answer that one for you:

Is there such thing as a fast downpicking?

Fast downpicking is an endurance, and you’re not going to be able to hit those Metallica / Megadeth high speeds straight away. This is where our old friend the metronome comes in.

What do you need to know about down picking?

Down picking is performed with your wrist. This means that your bicep and forearm need to be relaxed. If they are flexed, they will add unnecessary amounts of tension to your wrist, making down picking nearly impossible. Use a metronome, and start off slowly. Down pick simple quarter notes.