Working on upstrokes?

Discussion in 'Playing and Technique' started by cantstoplt021, Jun 8, 2016.

  1. cantstoplt021

    cantstoplt021 Member

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    I'm trying to get my right hand into shape and I've noticed something that could be a major contributing factor. My upstrokes aren't very good. Playing stuff with only upstrokes feels very awkward. I can't play nearly as fast with upstrokes as I can with downstrokes. Since this is literally half of the alternate picking motion it might do me a lot of good to isolate them and work on them.
     
  2. Aaron Mayo

    Aaron Mayo Member

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    Practice whatever you practice with all upstrokes. Go for good sound and feel. Good luck.
     
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    play a note four times down, four times up, four times alternate.
    repeat
     
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  4. Scrapperz

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    Like Aaron and T Dizz said. Work on just your upstrokes to balance out your arm muscles. However is more comfortable for you. Get those muscles working.
     
  5. Bryan T

    Bryan T guitar owner Silver Supporting Member

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    I'd work on the evenness of my alternate picking, not isolating the upstrokes.
     
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    As a very general proposition, I agree with this view.
     
  7. cantstoplt021

    cantstoplt021 Member

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    I just ordered classical studies for pick style guitar as it seems like a more interesting way to work on my picking technique than just running chromatics and all that.
     
  8. Seraphine

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    I agree with "starting usual runs etc with an upstroke"... or something to that paraphrased effect.... Someone mentioned something like that!

    Beginning with a downstroke all the time seems to block free flow or sumtin... being able to begin anything anywhere either up or down helps. Guess this applies not only to execution/technique, it can be used for a "sound" we may want... much like with chords and rhythm. Same with melodic lines.. leads etc...
     
  9. muzishun

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    I could be way off but I say forget about all this and play. A lot. Have fun. Play.
     
  10. GovernorSilver

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    Check out this one too - you can play along with the CD once you've reached a good comfort level. And the CD tracks come in slow and fast versions.

     

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