Hi guys. I had a question about developing picking speed; specifically about how to make it easy for my fretting hand (FH) to keep up with my picking hand (PH). If we take a simple example, for instance the classic Yngwie 6 note pattern moving up and down on a single string, it seems to me that there are two subtly different approaches to what your index finger should be doing: either it’s locked in place as sort of a baseline, or it’s relaxed and only re-fretted every time it needs to play a note.
Stuart Bull from LickLibrary seems to insist that there should ideally be a distinct FH movement with every PH movement to make it easier for the two to coordinate:
On the other hand, Paul Gilbert seems to take the anchored index finger approach and yet has no problem reaching blazing fast speeds:
I suspect that it really doesn’t matter, that you’re just going to get good at either method depending on how much you practice it, but what do you guys think? Is there a real benefit of one over the other? Do you prefer one over the other? Do you not think about it at all? Thanks.