Sure, here’s the 2nd video. I’m using the webcam of my Mac so this is as close as I can get I’m afraid.
I should note, in this video and the last, I had a metronome going at 160bpm (it’s playing through a different channel to the recording and can’t be heard). When I did that weak little vibrato at the end of the first video, I was trying to land on the first beat of the metronome.
My 8th note picking is much more exaggerated than my 16th note picking. Part of this is simply that I’m trying to show what I’m doing by exaggerating the motion, subconsciously, I could also be relying on the momentum of a large motion to set me up for the 16th notes. I also like the tone of aggressively hitting the strings, when not doing a fast run.
I’m not sure if it’s really an issue that my picking differs when I’m playing slow and fast. I believe picking is like walking, running and sprinting, with sprinting not being walking or running simply sped up, the technique and motions for the 3 are different.
While I didn’t really do it in this video, whenever picking on a single string for a while, and at high speeds, my arm tends to come into play a bit.
Regarding downward slant picking, I’ve only just discovered it’s a “thing”, I think I’ve actually been doing it for a while. Probably like most players, I change my picking technique, the angle the pick is slanted and pointing etc. based on what I’m playing and I discovered that angling the tip of the pick to point up and slightly towards my left shoulder creates less resistance when going through the strings.
I must confess, it’s also been years since I’ve actually learned a song and most of the few songs I did know I forgot. I spent a lot of time doing exercises on guitar. One of my biggest challenges is memorizing new songs, I really hate it. So, I’ve been playing a lot of short licks, improvising on guitar, studying theory (to make the memorization process less painful) and spending more time playing piano.
Perhaps this is why endurance is an issue for me, I haven’t played or learnt a 3-4 min song on years.
I’m planning to get ‘Wonderful Slippery Thing’ down as my first piece in a while, I’m learning the solos (most difficult parts) first then tackling the rest.
I’m very curious is to where my picking (at speed) is coming from (wrist or thumb). I started out as a thumb and forefinger picker and tried to break the habit by focusing on the wrist.