Hi, I am going through the amazing “Cracking the code” series and I have just finished Episode 10, where Troy analyzes Yngwie Malmsteen’s technique. In the video, he mentions that Malmsteen uses downward pickslanting and only switch strings after an upstroke as a rule, using pull on/offs and sweeps to honor the rule.
I still don’t get one thing: What do guys like Paul Gilbert and Michael Angelo Batio do? They don’t do legato or sweeping (unless the riff itself is one of those), they do alternate picking on every note, no matter if the pick ends up trapped, and they still manage to not hit undesired notes. They also stress many times on their various lessons that we should always practice with alternate picking (treating it as a discipline) and they have exercises on string hopping specifically designed to train alternate picking without shortcuts.
- how do they manage to not trap the pick?
- which one should I condition my brain to learn (or re-learn): the always alternate picking or the Yngwie Malmsteen style presented on the video?
Sorry if those questions were asked already, but I couldn’t find the answer. It seems like the first thing people would ask. Thanks