Despite playing for 20 years, I'm hampered my the same things that caught me up in my first year: my sense of rhythm is generally weak, and my right (picking) hand is imprecise. I've improved vastly on both counts, but anyone who knows guitar, if they saw me play, would pick both of these out, likely my picking hand in particular. So I'm trying to really focus in on it--finally--and I'm wondering what you guys think about virtually exclusive alternate picking. Where things get tough is picking on the inside, especially I find moving from lower strings to higher: Up-Down. I alternate pick probably 80% of the time, but I'm trying to up my game to like 95% of the time, as there are some times where I don't like the sound of it, or when I want some more power from a downstroke at the end of a phrase. But what I'm finding is that my playing and rhythm are so much smoother when I'm really consistently alternate picking. When I'm on my game with it, the guitar just really starts to play, and the efficiency is incredible. Where things get tricky, of course, is when you're playing odd-numbered patterns, says 3s, 5s or 7s. Because if a phrase is in 3 on three separate strings, this means that each time you repeat it your picking-directions are opposite, and it's quite easy to get caught up. Add moving the pattern itself to different strings, and it's quite challenging. What are your guys thoughts on this? Does anyone else try, almost exclusively, to alternate pick when they're playing?