The way that I learn new things is based on a learning method where I break down the thing that I want to master (guitar) into smaller and smaller components (picking technique, chords, etc. -> fretting, single note tremelo, etc.) and then obsess over each tiny component until I get it down well enough that I can move on, whether that be through figuring it out on my own, getting help, or a mix of both. Done correctly, I see really significant improvement in my skill level really fast. I broke the challenge of alternate picking down into the following challenges: single note tremelo, outer string shifts, inner string shifts, and then several fretting hand challenges and a hand synchronization challenge. I’ve already made several topics on single note tremelo and I’ve got it down after keeping at it for a while, now I’m going to move onto the next challenge on my list. This may not be the CTC-approved way of doing things, but it’s how I operate; I’ve had much success with this method in the past for other things.
On that note, I was trying to develop an exercise for outer string shifts and wanted some feedback. I forget whether these are CTC terms or not so when I say “outer string shift”, what I mean is playing a downstroke on a string and then playing an upstroke on the string above it. For example, in the video I posted I try to play a downstroke on the G string and an upstroke on the B string, alternating every stroke (1 NPS). Likewise, an “inner string shift” like mentioned earlier would be if I played an upstroke on a string followed by a downstroke on the higher string (up on G, down on B) but that’s for another time.
I just started this out and I haven’t seen anything online about this, so I decided to create my own exercise that works pretty much like playing single note tremelo except it’s alternating between two strings every stroke. I don’t know if this is a waste of time or not yet because it’s beyond messy and I can’t really even play it close to the speed of my tremelo. I’m pretty confident I’m not string hopping but you all can be the judge of that. As for the exercise itself, with a little workshopping, I can imagine it being a pretty good crosspicking exercise.
Please let me know your thoughts or if there’s anything I can do to speed my motion up. I’m trying to keep it mainly wrist motion so everything’s consistent.