I found a cool youtube video on playing Blackberry Blossom like Jake Workman here:
I have downloaded the tab from Marcel’s website, and decided to give this a try. Also I have done some analysis on the string changes Jake Workman uses.
Just on the first page, there are 40 string changes.
31 of these are done after a downstroke, and just 9 after an upstroke.
So has Jake just taken Blackberry blossom and rearranged it to suit his DSX playing style? I guess I would need to ask him this. So he has minimized the USX string changes. I’m guessing that there are arrangements of this tune which would suit an USX player.
I’m still getting my head around the fact that to an extent, even virtuoso’s work things around to make it easier for them to play, and as @Troy said, not all bluegrass is created equal. I have seen video’s of Jake using a crosspicking motion, but in this tune, and all of the Carter Vintage video’s he’s done, he’s a predominant DSX player, and when he has to change after an Upstroke, he does the quick hand turny thing, which makes it more of a 2 Way Pickslanting motion.
Would love to hear other people’s thoughts on this - or even to correct my analysis.
If I’m seeing this right - it means that this fast bluegrass stuff is accessible to me with a DSX motion, and I don’t necessarily need a crosspicking motion just yet. I’ve been trying this for the past 2 days, and I’m even starting to change cleanly after up-strokes as well as after down, which means I am starting to get the 2 way pickslanting idea.
I think so anyway, I’ve had so many false dawns so I don’t want to get too excited…!