This is more of a coordination problem rather than a picking problem. I was quite satisfied with my picking technique until very recently, upon reading an article by Eric Vandenberg (awesome teacher), I learnt that you should pick hard when you're alternate picking and that your left hand should be very relaxed and the pressure on the fretboard should be minimal. I knew about the relaxing part and I always did that (I think...) my problem came about when trying to pick hard. I always picked kinda softly... Now when I try to pick hard my left hand tenses up and I put way too much pressure on the fretboard. I always practice on acoustic guitars because it makes things feel easier when you switch to electric, and the steel strings often cause my fingers to hurt. So I'm trying to relax my left hand and put less pressure on the fretboard while picking hard. I've been trying hard for the last few days and I just can't seem to get it. Do you guys have any advice or exercises which'll help me get rid of this problem?
Thanks in advance, Sid.