First video here. Warning, I severed tendon in my right index finger long ago and had to switch to using middle finger…so this ain’t pretty. The APE in my name stands for Always Pointing East.
The videos are same thing just different angles. I start with USX, then rather clumsily switch to DSX, then rather clumsily switch back. This is part of my issue, fluidly switching between slants/escapes and ‘planning ahead on the fly’ which seems impossible. Also, my pickslants are off kilter. Is it OK for my upward slant to be almost flat and downward slant to be more pronounced?
Also worth noting, alternate picking is relatively new to me after playing for many years. It seemed completely wrong to jump over a string only to pluck it in the opposite direction, your pick was RIGHT THERE! Lol. So I always economy picked, playing ascending/descending 3nps scales are easy/breezy. But I can’t play Paul Gilbert’s 4-note drill for shit.
A few facts, questions, and observations:
Downward pickslant is normal and home for me.
Downstrokes are much more of a natural motion.
Upstrokes are comparitively weak and uncomforable, regardless of slant. You can even hear this in video, the downstroke dominates.
Just noticed that I would never use rest stroke on an upstroke but I routinely do rest strokes after downstrokes.
Previously I never changed pickslant, so the DSX motion is new to me.
I naturally have a slight wrist rotation, how much of that can I get away with?