After reading Eric's article on picking (Mailbag: smoothing it out) I decided to try out his suggestion on picking as fast as you can on one string to see if you are able to speed up. I tend to use a normal wrist action when picking slow and as I speed up a circular picking motion starts to kick in. I watched John Petrucci and he also seems to use to styles, when playing slow he has his fingers open and when playing fast he seems to place his middle finger on top of the index finger and his other fingers curl in a bit. Is it ok to combine to picking styles?. Another question is: isn't one of the reasons that we practice to get the rigth hand picking speed quicker?
The reason I ask this is because, I tried picking sextplets as fast as I could on one string, not paying attention to accuracy, with three different picking styles and all three styles (circular, wrist and elbow) seemed to be the same speed. So is it safe to say then that by practice I will get the right hand picking speed faster or does the article imply that your right hand picking speed should already be fast and the only reason we practice speed is to synchronize the two hands.
I am picking ok at the moment but would like to go faster and am a bit confused since so many people have different ideas on how to get there.