Hello everyone. I hope that this is the right category to put this, but I just want to say I started playing the guitar since 9 months ago and am now playing quite well, thanks to CTC. However, the fluid picking motion that I have recently discovered and have been practicing with solid improvement, was definitely an interesting journey. The purpose of this post is to inform CTC about the perspective of a beginner and some things I think can be super helpful for newer players like myself trying to “get” this motion.
I endlessly stared at the screen in slow motion on nearly all of Troy’s picking techniques, tried to emulate at half speed/slow etc, but really getting no where. I mimicked the downward pickslant that he had, and even performed a rest stroke to pass the “test” of figuring out my motion. But I kept failing for 3 months straight. I didn’t see nearly any progress except that I could kind of do a 3NPS sweep with a very harsh attack, guitar center picking, lol.
Something started to click when I made a realization that was never spoken of before on CTC to my knowledge. FINGERS! My picking was wild and all over the place, massive attack because I only learned how to play fast and furious downstrokes. Everything came into place in a very, VERY quick “overnight” breakthrough when I realized that I was doing some sort of blended motion between my wrist and my THUMB (middle joint, very positive thumb overlap) doing this hammering, smashing motion. As soon as I loosened my grip, I was blown away. I wasn’t all of a sudden in shred city, but I could chunk patterns across 6 strings at around 110 BPM 16th notes. Before that, I could barely play anything on even ONE string without sounding like a mess! I am observing this motion becoming so much stronger and fluid and easy. When I turn the gain down, the picking dynamics are quite consistent as well. I mentally focus on moving my forearm and my wrist does a standard USX looking motion. The point is, maybe it could be helpful to point out that the pickslant alone wont do anything, and two, the motion of picking fast is NOT your hands moving fast but feels like a specific joint is “doing the motion”, my FOREARM moves my hand for me, I don’t physically feel like i move my hand. I don’t know what I don’t know, so if i completely missed an instruction that covers this, then I am sorry for wasting the time of whoever is reading this. If I somehow help someone that feels completely lost, that would make my day! Thank you so much CTC, you guys have changed my guitar playing life!