These look great as usual. The motion looks smooth and fast. I know we’ve got players here who would like to have this level of raw motion ability.
One thing I will say is that a lot of the clips you’ve posted seem very bursty and exercisey in nature. Short patterns played super fast and repeated. Benson- and Eric Johnson-style pentatonic stuff in particular has very low mechanical variety — same down-up sequence on every string. If something is not working, and hasn’t the last two hundred times, there isn’t a whole lot of variety in these types of phrases to give you something else to “do” to accidentally get it right.
Playing longer tunes with more musical and mechanical variation is a nice way around this. The first thirty seconds of Affirmation has all kinds of cool stuff going on, including three-note-per-string sweeping, arpeggio work (sweeping?), some nice chords. It’s great playing:
I’ve come to think that for the best technique building, a diet of (I’m guess here) 80% music and 20% shorter “exercise” type phrases is more balanced than the other way around. I live with a classical player and I would say with her it’s more like 90% tunes and 10% exercises. She’s becoming a pretty good mandolin alternate picker with almost zero intervention from me, too. It’s amazing to watch.
Also, have you tried using a dfifferent technique, like any of these?
There’s nothing objectively wrong with what you’re doing, but mechanical learning can be unpredictable. For whatever totally random reason, using a three-finger grip and going Albert Lee style, you might be better at certain things for no reason you can predict or explain. You don’t have to commit to that full ltime. But when you’ve done the same things hundreds or thousands of times with similar results, you are starving your motor system of any new experiences. Take a chance and try something way out there. You can always go back to what you’re doing.