Hello! My name is Dillon and I’m new here! I’ve been studying the pickslanting primer, and I’m on the wrist motion tutorial section now. I’m antsy to post some videos of my playing, as I feel like all of my technique is in shambles, and it’s getting hard for me to focus on other aspects of my musical practice!
A bit of backstory on my technique: I was not aware that guitarists frequently used single escape motions with preplanned string groupings until a few weeks ago! This information alone has been mind blowing to me.
Right before joining Cracking the Code, I switched my picking position from anchoring at the bridge to floating my hand but planting my fingers on the side of the guitar. This seemed to help my articulation while opening up Pandora’s box! I have spent a lot of time working on a double escape type concept, where one either sweeps downward or upward, or picks in between the strings. I got this from Miles Okazaki’s Fundamentals of Guitar book, which has a section applying drum rudiments to pick strokes. His picking concept is one of my favorites!
Here are two videos demonstrating my older technique. Both of these examples represent the fastest I can play cleanly. I would like to keep this technique and get it faster and cleaner. I’m noticing that my upstrokes tend to curve away from the strings way too much, but I’m not sure how to go about fixing this.
Line Up: this is a line from Lennie Tristano’s famous solo on the changes of All of Me. When learning this solo, I was not aware of the concept of organized even string groupings. The legato technique is how I generally like to articulate:
Here are two measures from one of Bach’s Violin Sonatas. As you can see, I’m struggling with the wide string skips while alternate picking. This is a good example of my upstroke getting overly slanted…any advice on how to work on this?
Ok…now after discovering the single escape and the string set rules that come with it, I will be spending lots of time transcribing lines from players and constructing a new set of vocabulary that can be executed very fast. Here is a bit of one of the George Benson examples posted in the DWPS economy section. I haven’t worked on this lick for too long, and it’s already faster than I can normally play! I just want to make sure my technique looks good here, as I plan to spend a lot of time with it in the future.
Thank you so much for your time!