Hey all. New to the forums. Been lurking for a while just absorbing. My name is Patrick. I’ve been playing guitar for about 30 years. I’ve had some formal training but my style is mostly self taught. I went to Berklee College of Music but my focus wasn’t performance. I have a strong grasp of theory but have always lacked in the pure chops department. I discovered Troy while trying to learn “Cliffs of Dover” about a year ago and was instantly mesmerized by his insight into speedy alternate picking. It made a lot of sense when I retroactively dissected what he was talking about as it applied to my style and why I could never reach that next level. Anyway, I found that I am most likely a UWPS just by observing and reflecting on my own style. It feels kinesthetically more natural in my attempts to “floor it” on some of these exercises. I know though, that I’ll need to incorporate 2WPS to play efficiently though.
I came to the realization that switching between DWPS and UWPS on 3 NPS scale runs was a bit ahead of my skill level. I stumbled on this cool little exercise by Ben Eller that addresses DWPS and UWPS in a way that’s more digestible for people just starting out(at least for me)by separating the different picking motions into distinct sections of the lick. I feel like my DWPS when played faster is regressing into a smile shaped picking motion and I’m not sure at all when I start the descending part of it that my UWPS is even the correct motion. Sorry for the audio quality and the loud ambient noise burst at the beginning of the video. It’s just the external mic of my iPhone. Thanks for any advice or critiques. Really looking forward to being a part of this great community.