to complete my introduction in this forum here is a video. I’m playing the beginning of the song “Wildwood Flower”, apparently a bluegrass classic that also David Grier and - I believe - Molly Tuttle play in their interviews. I end with a more scalar lick (not original), since the more scalar playing feels very different from the arpeggio stuff to me.
I actually play the snippet with two different picking motions, but they are - I think - both examples for crosspicking. First I use - and please correct me if I’m wrong - a slightly supinated forearm with a picking motion coming from the wrist, similar to what is shown in the “all you need to know about crosspicking” video. I play the snippet two times with this setting.
Then I switch to a setting, where I use my ring and pinky as anchors and don’t rest my hand on the bridge anymore. I would say, the forearm is still supinated a bit. The picking motion then has a bit of forearm rotation and possibly some wrist to it.
I decided to upload this second way of playing, because it comes up when I play and don’t think about it. I’m playing an acoustic guitar here, but the same thing also happens to me on electric guitar. I still don’t quite know what to make of it. The first setting with the hand resting on the bridge is something, that I have been trying for a couple of weeks now. It starting to feel good now. I still feel a bit of tension in my upper arm, when I play for a while. Also, as I mentioned, It feels and works a lot better when playing more scalar things, and it also feels easier on electric guitar. Then there are times when, after practicing for a while, all of a sudden I get to a point where things work really well. For example, the speed in the examples is “safe” for me, I can do that pretty much everytime I pick up the guitar. But in one of those rare situations, I manage to play significantly faster. Has someone experienced similar things?
I’m curious to get some feedback!
P.S. I wish the video quality was a bit better, but that was the best I could do for now, even though I set the framerate on my phone to 120fps. When I try to watch that in slow motion, the hand movements get blurred. If anlybody has some hints on how to improve that…