.....but it's the best thing to ever happen to me.
I'm just realizing now after watching those Breaking The Code videos where the guy is breaking down pick attack and angles and everything, I don't have to deal with any of that shit.
I alternate pick everything, getting to the next string is always a downward or upward motion, but always opposite of the previous motion. I hold my pick dead straight against the strings, no angle and using those black Jazz III's, I'm only using the very tip of it, there's no pick to hit other strings which leaves moving from string to string a clean process.
Every time I've tried to learn something that involves economy picking or any kind of special picking that's supposed to improve speed, I end up skipping all that stuff and alternate picking everything and getting it at the same speed.
The only time I start a phrase with a downstroke, or even play use them at all, is if I'm really diggin' into a string or hitting a pinch harmonic. Of course rhythm stuff is entirely separate from this.
Anyone else do this? My uncle was pretty adamant at starting off with a downstroke and made it a point to tell my dad that it was something I had to work on, that dude used to shred like a maniac so I always took it to heart, but after 21 years I realize I just don't have to worry about it.
If you can play the things you want to play, then, meh
I mean, it's good to continue learning new techniques, but if they don't work for you, then move on to the next topic!