Descending problems with 210+ Trem picking

Hey everyone. So I’m clearly an upward pickslanter which is probably what’s giving me some trouble here. I for some reason have trouble at time going from the E to the A string smoothly and/or A to D. I will get stuck in one of these two transitions and I’m think it has something to do with my wrist placement and lack of moving my forearm down, making me totally reliant on my wrist.

Sorry for not having a better vid, I made it quick but will post another if needed once I’m back home. Thanks everyone !

@Thrav I agree with this, from the looks of it you have much more wrist deviation on the lower strings, which you’re probably not used to. Some options would be to reposition your wrist by moving your forearm, or perhaps keep your wrist where it is and just develop comfort / strength in a more deviated position.

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Oh shoot forgot about this vid as well. It’s part of the first solo in curse of the castle dragon by Paul Gilbert. The descending part where he follows the octaves down.

As you can see this part is giving me such a hard time ugh.

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@Pepepicks66 Yeah I’ve always felt really uncomfortable and unsure of where to place my wrist when I play. Especially when I’m picking at the top. Any suggestions on how to practice/what to keep in mind moving my forearm while playing?

@Thrav how much pressure do you place on the guitar face under the forearm vs under the wrist? I try to aim for just enough pressure on the wrist to “feel anchored”, and rest my forearm comfortably on the guitar (but don’t exert “mindful pressure”, if that makes sense). I know some people that anchor on the forearm too much, making it hard to move.

To practice, I would maybe come up with a 2+ nps sequence that jumps from say low E - D - B, or A - G - high E, being mindful to keep your wrist deviation “constant” (if you feel like you’re using your wrist to make string changes, slow it down until you feel it’s your forearm pushing / pulling your wrist).

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@Pepepicks66 i def feel like I anchor my wrist, and don’t even think about my forearm most of the time”, I def just let it sit there . I think it also has something to do with the economy of the guitar. I’m not saying it’s the guitar itself that’s giving me problems but I noticed that when I’m picking on the low string my wrists sites on the side of the bridge. So I don’t have the natural tendency of moving my arm down because it’s feels sort of stuck, which I then feel like I have to lift my whole hand and wrist up (to get it over the bridge and on the face of it ) to move it down.

Idk if that makes any sense. But I’ll def give that recommendation a try, with what I identified as being part of the issue as well.

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@Pepepicks66 Woahhh okay so I took your advice on changing where my forearm is, much better. It def has something to do with that.

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Not sure if it is intentional since you call your playing “trem picking”, but are you aware that your hands don’t sync up? Not trying to be offensive about it just trying to make sure you don’t miss this small but significant detail. Maybe this is what trips you up.

Since you already found a fast picking motion, I would suggest take he speed back a few notches and work on getting the hands synced up… if that is what you want of course. Otherwise, never mind this post.

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@qwertygitarr Nah it’s just my picking getting stuck which is throwing my fret handoff which is probably what you’re seeing.

Don’t get me wrong, my fret hand control is atrocious as you can see my middle finger trying to fly away when I do high-speed runs.

The new positioning of my wrist being slightly lower, angled and bringing up my forearm fixed the picking problem for sure. Took 3-4 days to figure it out instead of who knows how long haha. Thanks for the suggestions @Pepepicks66 !

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@Thrav glad to hear it man!

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