I struggle pretty bad when the speed gets up there. Most of the time I try to keep a pretty loose wrist, but when the speed gets up there my arm gets stiff and my wrist locks, almost in a downward position. I just can’t keep my wrist snapping freely when the rhythm gets that fast.
The thing that helps me the most is to shorten my strumming motion. I try not to have a big Pete Townsend follow through. That’s helping on the rhythm and the leads.
In the last month I have switched pick shapes from a pick with a very sharp point, to a pick with a more rounded point (close to your Golden Gate, Larry), and I have noticed a change in both speed and tone, even though both picks were the same thickness. I swithched from a Bluechip TD60 to a Bluechip TPR60. Still getting use to the bigger triangle shape since I have always been a standard teardrop user. It would be nice if they would make a standard teardrop with a more rounded point. I think getting a pick that flows through the strings and has good grip is a big part of it for me.
Good thread, I like hearing what you guys are trying.