I joined CtC about a month ago and spent quite a bit of time working on the material. I find that DWPS, UWPS and 2WPS make a lot of sense and they all feel pretty natural to do, though for the music I play (bluegrass), I’ll probably keep crosspicking as my main picking technique.
But I haven’t found any “trick” to actually speed up the picking motion in itself.
Short version : What ways did you find to make your picking hand faster ?
Long version :
I came to CtC hoping to find a way to pick faster. Just plain picking, no licks, hand synchronization or string-changing, as these are no problem (at least for now, with my slow right hand).
I can pick relaxed at about 4 notes per beat at 110 bpm.
If I get crazy tensed and all locked up, I can pick with forearm only at 140bpm (style 4 notes per beat), but then I have no control on dynamics, tone, or anything, so this technique is actually pretty useless.
I am dying to find a way to get that picking faster, but have not found the answer in CtC (though the material available seems very usefull when I comes to string changing, which sadly is not my problem at the moment).
Right now the speed of my right hand prevents me to play lead in bluegrass, as most tunes will be played faster than 110bpm, and actually I can’t keep up with strumming either when really fast songs are played.
I am making quite a big deal out of it, as it’s been a few years I’m playing about 4 hours a day, and right now that picking speed issue is the last thing that stands in my way before I can quit my job and go play some bluegrass (seriously)!
When I see the picking speed of people here, some of which are about 4 times faster than mine, I just can’t believe that I just reached my limit. I also have trouble thinking that it’s a matter of fitness only, otherwise I would not be that far away (or maybe I’m wrong here)
I would be immensely happy just to be able to pick 1.5 times faster, and my guess is that my body should be more than able to manage that, but I just haven’t found the way.
At the moment picking at 100 bpm feels super easy and natural, but as soon as I try to break 110bpm I feel like there’s is just no gas in the tank.
All the info I found in CtC feels like it can only be useful once I get this picking hand up to speed, but for now I feel like I am taught how to pilot a car which speed limit is 20km/h an hour!
I am quite hopeless and will welcome any advice, idea, or experience that you guys may have to finally break this slow picking hand curse.