First post in this part of the forum so be gentle
Just wanted to get some feedback on my picking technique as it stands right now. I’ve been working through the picking primer and have gone through the antigravity seminar (some brilliant stuff in there!) as well as a fair bit of Troy’s youtube stuff (the Gambale interview in particular is fantastic). I think I’m naturally an upward pickslanter although I seem to be able to pick most things either way equally well (or badly haha) if I concentrate and reverse the pickstroke direction.
Anyway, the following is some video of my tremelo motion and some actual playing across strings. I’m able to tremelo 16ths @ 190-195 bpm pretty much until the cows come home but above that I’m able to keep sync @ 200 bpm for 20 seconds or so and it rapidly goes downhill from there. The video here is tremelo @ 201 bpm:
It looks to me like that’s some elbow and some wrist (I’m all wrist at lower speeds and it goes progressively to elbow as I get faster…). I just tried at 210 and it looks like it’s all elbow at that speed but feels VERY tense in that both hand and shoulder tense up noticeably which can’t be good.
Anyway, next video is the “pop tarts lick” @ 150 bpm which is about the maximum speed I can play it at least a bit clean. It feels like my hands completely lose sync above this speed - mainly due to the left hand not being able to keep up I think.
Is it possible to tell from these angles what’s going on? Is there any signs of the dreaded “string hopping”? Is this relatively efficient do you think?