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Hey guys,

I've recently noticed that my down picking speed is really lacking a lot and needs improvement. Up until now I've been solidly practising alternate picking runs and I've never really spent time to practice down picking.

I love Metallica and James Hetfield uses down picking in many of their songs which really adds extra power and feeling. How can I practice it though? Does anyway know any cool exercises for me to work on?

I've heard that the Master of Puppets spider riff is a good one to practice down picking. Should I just start slow with the metronome and just build up speed gradually? Has anyone tried some other techniques of learning it?

Thanks in advance! smile.gif
toni has some nice riffing lessons with a lot of downpicking
Also Kai had a cool "no upstrokes allowed" lesson.

Apart from that, just practise metallica songs you like smile.gif

For me its just been playing along to sonds i like, and when i mess up- i slap myself until its right biggrin.gif lol
Funny, I am struggling with that particular riff right now too. Seems to me that it is really important to try and relax in your picking arm and move your wrist, not the shoulder or elbow. Other than that I usually drink some water before I practice it because David Walliman once said that it helps the blood flow and thereby increases your stamina.
Have a fun time practicing!
Muris Varajic
QUOTE (DeepRoots @ Jun 9 2008, 12:17 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
For me its just been playing along to sonds i like, and when i mess up- i slap myself until its right biggrin.gif lol

I like that laugh.gif
Zakk Wylde I think once said that his first guitar teacher taught him to play the A minor pentatonic only with down strokes,in all positions so I believe that this might be a good idea for you to strengthen your technique
and I would suggest practicing the riffs from the following songs:

Painkiller - Judas Priest
Disposable heroes -Metallica
Them Bones - Alice in Chains (probably the easiest)
Sixes and Sevens -Annihilator(the hardest)
Cool, thanks a lot for the help guys! smile.gif
Ivan Milenkovic
Also check out Trond lessons, he is influenced by Metallica and I'm sure he can give you some advices how to riff properly.
Marcus Siepen
Any Metallica song might be a good help cause James downpicks pretty much everything. But be sure to start at a slow speed and play it precise before you speed up. It is no good to try something like this at a high speed if you are not that fast yet, it would only mess up your technique
QUOTE (Muris Varajic @ Jun 9 2008, 12:54 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I like that laugh.gif

Me likey too. laugh.gif
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