Totally new here and got overwhelmed quickly with what people where talking about and filming themselves, something I can’t do, in Fast Downstrokes for Thrash Rhythms. So, I thought I would post this to help get a concise answer.
Now, I cannot play the Master of Puppets riff, you know this one:
5.------2----3-----4----3-----2-2--- 6.---0-1--0-1--0-1--0-1--0-1--------- (repeat ad naeseum)
with just downpicking at speed and it’s not from a lack of trying. Unfortunately I’ve just hit a major milestones in results of age and I had a major wrist injury in my left wrist as a youngster and have decreased RoM, all playing there part. Just playing this riff is extremely uncomfortable. Anyway after trying for many months and using strategies from a former teacher (tl;dr) the best result I got it was 90% - he could play it no problems. Today I broke out Guitar Pro 6 and was struggling at 80%.
So what strategies are people employing to get this riff up to tempo?
The one thing about this riff is that is a great exercise for alternate/economy picking and is east to play as such.