Hello, I’m in a pretty desperate situation. I’ve been trying to improve my picking technique for like 5-6 years still can’t get it right. The only thing that worked was the elbow movement but it caused the pain and I had to quit (also I had a huge speed gap between 120 bpm wrist movement and 150bpm elbow movement). After that I tried to play with wrist without paying any attention to my technique, could play any faster than medium speed (120 bpm sixteens/80 bpm sixtuplets), the wrist movement was very erratic and bouncy.
Right now I’m trying to focus on tremolo picking, trying to copy Gilbert’s hand position. I’m practicing 8ths and 16ths and I’m also practicing Paul Gilbert’s four note alt. picking lick. I’m using resting technique (after hitting the string downwards I’m resting on the next one, when I play upstroke I rest on the uppper string from underneath - it kinda helps me to minimize the curve and make sure that the pick won’t bounce far enough). I’m afraid to go any further, because it creates tension in my pinky finger joint instead of forearm muscles.
I’m also using planting technique at slow speeds (instead of hitting the string I slide underneath of it and vice versa to minimize the movements).
I have only two questions,
- please watch my short vids and tell me if there’s anything visual that could limit my progress?
- Is tremolo picking technique difficult to learn? I’m not talking about alt. picking because I know it’s hard, but what about tremolo picking itself? I’m feeling like there’s something wrong with my hand, because I see newbies who can pick fast without any effort and I’m still stuck after all these years. It’s funny because I can play legato and sweep at 130bpm sixtuplets without a sweat but my picking hand drags me way behind.
I hope I made it clear and I really hope for help.