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Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by Airsick Pilot, Dec 27, 2002.
...make a difference when picking?
Well, several things can affect this. If you're playing with a pick, if you play all downstrokes you're notes sounds more seperated and "chunky" if you will. If you play downstroke upstroke downstroke... etc. You get a smoother sound. Or if you're playing a chord and you do a slow downstroke or upstroke it can decide which note is being played first. This is more common in guitar though... hope what I'm saying makes sense.
Yeah, what he said!!
You can play a lot faster, and a lot more comfortably, when you alternate pick (for those who alternate pick, of course.
I don't pick bass, but I do play guitar. I used to always only use down strokes on guitar, and when I started alternate picking, it helped me, a lot.
For one thing, I don't get tired as quickly now. I can play quicker. And I can get from one note to another a lot less clumsily.
Of course there's some riffs I still play all downstrokes, just because I'm used to it, and it comes natural to me.
But yeah, I think you will benefit learning to alternate pick. It takes some practice to get to do it good, but when you do, it's really nice.
Alternate picking is smoother and faster. Downstrokes have more punch to them.
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I rarely use picks, but most guitarist I know will play downstrokes only when playing powerchords (more punch) and alternate picking direction when playing solos or just strumming chords
Do you know that Metallica's "Master of Puppets" is played with all downstrokes?
James and Co. must have forearms of steel! So do I, but it ain't from downstroking!
Well, I'd be willing to bet about 50% is, if you know what I mean...
i know what your talking about hehe. wait......we are talking about ....o yeah! haha