Alright, so admittedly I'm not the most gifted of players, and now that A. school is ending, and B. I've been bringing a guitar to work to practice on lunch instead of playing video games, I want to get better.
A problem I've noticed is that my picking arm basically tenses up, to the point where I feel it in my bicep over time. This to me means I'm picking from the elbow and not the wrist, as I should be doing, right?
So the question is, are there some good exercises that can help me pick better from the wrist, as well as minimize movement?
I've always maintained that just some of the basic chromatic 1-2-3-4 exercises up and down the neck are really good for both the left hand as well as the right hand picking technique.
I would start off really slow, and just concentrate on moving your right hand with minimal effort, just up-down-up-down, and so forth.
Another one that has helped me in the past is to start with something like the Locrian mode on the 5th fret of the low E string, and basically play the all the way up the neck, but using economy (i.e. down-down going from the 8th fret on the E to the next note, the 5th fret on the A. This will really help to start minimizing the movement, and get your wrist more involved.