Hi I have been trying the alternate picking exercises with a metronome as suggested but I can't play the notes on the beat, the metronome is at 60 bpm. I have previously also tried practicing with a metronome but I always stopped as it didn't seem to make any sense, I used to practice an exercise where I did muted strums on each beat such that the sound of the click got disappeared, but was not able to go anywhere beyond that. Any suggestions would be helpful
I too struggled with this at the beginning. Tap your foot along with the the 60bpm metronome. Every time your foot hits the floor. Down pick. Do this for a while.
Next every time your foot rises up to a stop, play an upstroke.
Use your foot as a training wheel till you don't need it anymore.
You'll do well :)