Are you making sure to play phrases where the last note on every string is always a downstroke? Or are you just trying to play any phrase you want while holding the pick with what looks like an upward pickslant? Because that’s not really how it works.
Sorry for the confusion here! We’re guilty of not explaining things very well in some of our earlier vidoes. Try not to worry too much about the pickslant. Instead, try to ask yourself what type of escape motion you’re trying to do, and what joint you’re trying to use to do it, because that’s the first step. An escape motion is a type of picking motion where the pick goes up in the air at some point in its travel, whether that’s on the downstroke, the upstroke, or both.
If you look down and see a bouncy motion, where the pick escapes (goes into the air) on both downstrokes and upstrokes, then that’s what we call a double escape motion. And many players do this motion wrong, with stringhopping, and can’t do it quickly. If that’s what you’re doing, this may be why you don’t feel fast. It doesn’t matter what your pickslant looks like, because if you’re doing the motion incorrectly, then you won’t be smooth or fast.
The first step to take here is to experiment with as many different kinds of picking motions as you can to find one that goes fast right now. That’s really the only way to make sure that your picking motion is working correctly. It’s ok if the motioin looks inconsistent, or you can’t do it for long. But don’t waste time on slow motions that aren’t working. Go right to the front of the line!