Hi Cracking the Code forum!
Long time observer… First time dipping my toes into the community proper.
First a bit of history for me: At 15 I was an economy picker, and I think I might have been pretty good at it.
At some point I came across John Petrucci and Dream Theater, and developed the strange idea that alternate picking was somehow a more noble adventure.
So now I’m an alternate picker mostly, and not very good at economy picking.
I’ve uploaded a video which should serve as a reference for what I can do, and what I can’t do.
If I were to self-diagnose, I’d say I’m a wrist-oriented swiper who has never truly developed movements that reckon with outside picking string changes at speed.
This means I can often play lines that sound fast (like Petrucci was always the goal), but I’m mostly limited to lines which force inside picking string changes.
I can throw in one or two outside string changes, but too many of these in a row and everything falls apart.
I seem to be more comfortable doing three notes per string ascending than I am descending. Doing an outside picked string change starting on an upstroke is very hard for me.
At first I was planning to make a technique critique post, but I’ve decided the footage I filmed is too broad, so instead I thought I’d ask a few general questions:
In the video I compared my pentatonics chops starting on an upstroke and downstroke. My speed starting on a downstroke is orders of magnitude faster. I attribute this to my lack of technique for oustide string changes. Does anyone else suffer this / agree with my diagnosis?
What do people think my next steps should be? I’ve been thinking about trying something Andy Wood style…
I suppose I’ll try record something a bit more focused for a technique critique proper technique critique post. (or we can switch this over if the mods think it’s more appropriate there)