I’ve been struggling with alternate picking fast rifts for a long time now and playing 16th notes at 200bpm just seemed completely our of reach to me. I was plateauing around 165-170 bpm
Last week I’ve watched the “pickslanting primer” video on youtube and I realised that I was plateauing due to string hopping.
However now that I’ve figured that there needs to be some pickslanting, I can play a bit faster now, but I know I need to figure my optimal pick movement mechanic and have a practice method that will yield results.
I have a few questions concerning picking motion mechanics:
I need to find the picking motion that lets me pick as fast as possible. I feel more comfortable with a combination of wrist deviation and rotation, however, I can pick much faster when adding some elbow motion, at the cost of much more muscular fatigue. Should I work on increasing speed on the motion I feel more comfortable on, or, build stamina on my fastest motion?
Is it ok to use two different motions, e.g wrist most of time and elbow for fast tremolo picking?
Here’s an example of the kind of riffs I’m working on:
From “Suicide Machine” by Death
From “Flattening of Emotions” by Death
The arrows indicate the notes that are giving me trouble. I used to have a problem with the string hopping component and everytime I would try to increase the speed, I would unconsciously simply skip these in order to reach the next string.
Even though with DWPS, string hopping is not a problem anymore, my old habit is what’s holding me back.
Another question I have is, at high enough speeds, how to KNOW for sure that you are playing an even number of notes? When I play at my fastest I cannot hear if I’m playing 5 or 6 notes. Is it supposed to be proprioception? Or do you use your chunking to teach your brain to teach “play 6 notes” or “play 8 notes” as one motion?
How can I implement chunking on those riffs if I can’t even really hear how many notes I’m playing (at my highest speed)? Slow it down enough that I can heat all the notes and somehow keep the same picking mechanic?