Hey everyone. As you can tell from the title I’ve been working at this fast picking thing for a little over a year now and I’m still having a lot of trouble attaining even a passable level of consistency in my playing. I’m specifically trying to get it to the point where I could comfortably play stuff live with a reasonably high hit rate, I’ve tried to pull off some of this stuff live before and with the lack of consistency to begin with and the nerves that come with being on stage it’s almost always ended with the licks falling apart (I know you guys hate that term but I’m not sure how else to describe it lol). I’ve posted a few threads here before asking about practice advice and I’ve received some great answers that I’ve tried to incorporate into my routine. I believe my picking technique mostly consists of wrist-based USX and most of the stuff I work on is EJ-style pentatonics or other stuff that’s compatible with USX.
I’m not really looking to increase my maximum speed with most of the stuff I’m working on, I’m pretty comfortable with how fast I can pull off the good reps, I just need to know how to get those good reps all the time. I really don’t know if my issues come from improper practice or from a more fundamental technique issue. It certainly shouldn’t be an issue with insufficient time spent practicing, since I’ve put probably an average of 2-4 hours daily into this kind of technique over the past year.
Here’s a couple videos for people who are smarter than me to check out.
This one is an example of what I mean when I say stuff falls apart. Some really bad reps in here, this is usually what happens when I decide to try this kind of stuff without a few “warm up” reps beforehand. Obviously that doesn’t translate well to being able to play this kind of stuff live so I really need to know how to stop this from happening if possible.
This one had some decent reps in it. Almost all of the licks that I attempted in these two videos are licks that I’ve been working on for at least 8-10 months.
This one has some stuff that I’ve been working on for only about a month. Trying to incorporate some swiping to allow for some repetitive 3NPS stuff with pure USX. Obviously you can tell it’s not that great so far so any advice is appreciated.