Hey joebegly, thanks for your response - I really appreciate you taking the time to check this out and comment. Yes, I can play. It’s not beautiful, but I think I can get things done hahaha I have been at this for a really long time, and I think that how I do what I can do is a byproduct of relentlessly hurling myself at a wall until I got some sort of results. “Elbow” just seemed to work. And to make matters worse, I used to play with a trailing edge grip a la George Benson - I changed that a decade or so ago and now I can’t really play with that grip anymore - seems super alien. BUT… I do remember that the grip was very relaxed in comparison with the variations on the current grip I use now.
That’s one thing I will try hard to work on this week is relaxing the grip, thanks for the tip! I am used to playing with a lot of tension, and it’s just kind of become habit so it might take a bit of time to implement a more relaxed playing style.
The reason for me wanting to acquire a new mechanic is that I’d like to do some different things “creatively” speaking. Crosspicking is kind of the ultimate goal, although I guess you call that double escape? I don’t know enough about it yet.
As far as smooth/effortless compared to the “old way” I’d have to say it feels like a lot less physical work when I play, but it requires a bit more concentration to make sure that I am not sliding back into a comfort zone. And it’s not like I want/need to abandon the elbow mechanic, I just want to explore different ideas without having to spend so much time rearranging notes to suit the strengths of that mechanic, and avoid the weaknesses. The strengths are really strong, but there are definitely some drawbacks hahaha
One area that seems really like it’s kind of falling apart is when I do a 3nps scale ascending or descending. Not sure why, but it seems to trip up more often than not. I can “Gambale” my way through it much more effortlessly than I can alternate pick it, but perhaps it’s a matter of starting/ending on the wrong stroke. My pick orientation as far as slant is concerned is really inconsistent; sometimes neutral, sometimes up, sometimes down and it’s tied I think to how I am resting my hand/muting - sometimes its the thumb meat, other times lower hand meat that’s on the strings. Maybe that is inconsequential, I don’t know but I will try and figure it out.
Any kind of even number of notes per string thing is working out pretty good, needs cleaning up in spots but I am pretty happy with it overall. 2nps stuff I haven’t touched yet; Although I did work on my version of how I do pentatonic 5’s which is on a single string, and it works with wrist also although I have to strictly alternate pick it, whereas before I could kind of economy pick it. The Paul Gilbert lick is MUCH cleaner, I can now play it without blasting through a string - so wrist is a perfect fit for that.
The important thing for me is 1) attaining similar tempos with a few things so that at least some of my vocabulary can cross over. 2) Not having to wait months/years for some sort of breakthrough; lol I ain’t got that kind of time! I am going to run with the idea that I am playing “mostly” wrist and see where it goes. Thanks so much for the input - it’s nice to be able to discuss this sort of thing, even if it’s a bit nerdy hahaha
So yeah, I will now try and iron out what kind of “escape” player I am, and while that happens maybe transfer over more ideas from Elbow to wrist… hehehe it’s good fun when we’re on the cusp of a breakthrough! Thanks again for your insights!