I am new to this community - I have been working on my crosspicking/general speed for about a year, and decided to try here for some advice and have recorded myself for the first time.
Anyway - here is a clip of me playing a passage at 16th notes at 105bpm (fast and slowed down), I have just realised I am ahead of the click, but anyway…
Basically I can’t get much faster than this after bashing away for this tune for 3 months. I have been practicing my curved motion crosspicking technique. I can really nail this tune at 16th notes at 85/bpm, but this seems to be my “wall” for it feeling clean, comfortable and smooth - you can tell from the clip that I am really struggling at 105bpm, and there are youtubers who can nail this at 140/150bpm
Anyway my questions are:
Is my grip on the pick ok? at this tempo I feel like I am really fighting the strings. I am using a jazz III XL ultex pick (1.38mm)
Is my pick depth too much? Do I need even less pick hitting the strings?
Are my curved motions ok on the up and the down? does it need to be more curved? less curved?
Are my motions too large? Do they need to be smaller for those faster speeds? (120bpm +)?
When I play the ascending and descending licks from the 4th string to the 1st string and back again - I feel like my hand should track down the strings, yet my hand stays planted - do I need to work on this?
Just how do I practice this kind of stuff and build a whole song up to speed? At this point in my playing, I can play small passages fast - for example Troy’s Malmsteen 6-note descending pattern across 3 strings at (16th note triplets) at 105bpm - which is not slow, but for crosspicking, I just can’t get past baby speeds . So how can I work this up, I get the feeling that slow metronome practice with crosspicking bluegrass songs (which is what I want to learn) never gets me past being able to play a song at more than 16th notes at 90bpm tops…
Many thanks - I hope this was the right kind of post to do for this kind of feedback, please be gentle, I am still learning and very discouraged by the seemingly gargantuan task of playign guitar fast and well…