I recently found som old video footage of me playing one of my old guitars. In the video I had a very similar right hand set up to the one I’ve been working on in recent years, which now is supinated and exclusively a rotational USX motion. The strange thing was, in the video all my playing was DSX string changes. And looking closer it actually was a wrist motion, and with the supinated set up, it was actually more of a flex and extension of the wrist than side to side diviation. For some reason, I had completely forgot about this motion.
Anyway, I brought out that old guitar and the motion soon came back. So now I can actually play DSX licks again, WITHOUT swiping or changing hand set up completely. This revelation also made my want to dive into the possibility of actually doing some TWPS licks.
So, now I need your advice. What’s the smart thing to do when working on switching between USX and DSX motions? Slow practise with exact motions, or feeling it out through speed? Also, how close to the string change do you switch to the correct trajectory, the same time as the string change or a few pickstrokes before (if possible)?
I’ll tell you where I’m at right now… I’m working on exaggerating the different motions to really feel the differens. At the same time I want to make sure I still use motions that are fast, so for that reason I practise fast too. But I’m afraid the fast practise is gonna ruin the motions if they are not precise enough.
Here is a video of how I practise. First I make sure I’ve got the two basic motions (USX and DSX), then slow changes between them and finally trying to combine them at speed. So what do you think? Good or stupid?