I’m thinking about ideas for some kind of short, free, self-contained lesson sequence we could put together as an intro to what Cracking the Code is about + what our material is like.
Right now we have various free downloads people can grab on the site (musical examples with videos / tabs) but I think it would be great to have something better aligned with our focus on technique, that more clearly indicates the value of the rest of our stuff.
Couple initial ideas for this:
Picking Diagnostic: overview of how to understand your own picking — if you have a speed issue, if you’re stringhopping or pickslanting, learning to see what kind of motion you’re doing, and some tips for how to experiment with various picking possibilities.
How to Practice: covering some tips we’ve learned and observed from our interviews about what things tend to be effective (or not) when it comes to motor learning and acquiring new technical skills.
Of course I think it would be great to make more videos on both these topics, but the technique diagnostic sequence seems like it could be particularly helpful, not only introducing people to how we think about things, but a first step to greater technical understanding and improvement.
I’m imagining a sequence of perhaps a few videos, contained in a section on the site, that anyone can access with a free account. Perhaps could be a section at the beginning of the Pickslanting Primer. We could include some emails about it as well to walk people through it over the course of a week or so.
I’d love to hear any ideas you may have on this! Anything that you think could better help you get started with our lesson material? Or if you have a free account, anything you’d want to see that might tip the balance in deciding to subscribe?