There's a couple videos/songs now where I've heard picking of open triads in triplets, and I'm trying to figure out how to do it cleanly and quickly in the right hand. Here are the clips:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=yJYLfBMPuic#t=71s (can also be heard in actual recordings - it starts with four picks per chord - ex 1-3-5-3 and then he goes to do 3 per chord)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=QcETmST9BoY#t=210s (this clip of metheny blows my mind- just constant 3 note arpeggios of open triads)
I can't tell how either of them picking, but I've tried both of these ways, neither of which seemed to be easier than the other:
strict alternate picking - so lets say going from G to G/B - strings 6-5-3 to 5-4-2 - you would pick DUD UDU and do that for any set of triads
down up-down - alternate picking, but starting each set of three notes on a downstroke - so just DUD DUD DUD etc. This seems easier to pick accurately and hit the strings consistently but harder to play fast and evenly.
Can anybody shed light on what would be the best way, or can you tell how these guys like Metheny/Lage are doing it?