Hey Troy and fellow Code Crackers,
I’m looking for some feedback on my USX technique. I feel like I understand the general idea but I can’t help but feeling that, as soon as I get any kind of speed going, I start string hopping and my technique falls apart. It also seems like playing different notes (and therefore changing the tension of the string, depending on what fret I’m playing) wreaks havoc on my ability to keep a consistent motion. For example, the string has a certain amount of give if you’re fretting the 5th fret but much less give when you’re playing the 12th fret. I’m wondering how you account for that, or if it just naturally comes without over-thinking it.
I’m also wondering if my angles seem correct, i.e., am I coming in at a steep enough angle? I’m definitely making contact with the B string and I don’t seem to be hitting the D string, so are those the only criteria? Or should I be aiming to be closer to the D string (without hitting it), or maybe even further away?
I’ve been playing guitar for a long time and am considered a pretty good general rock player but not a shredder by any means. But my current goal is to get my speed up for fast alternate picking. I never really prioritized playing fast and clean and now I feel like it’s kind of a liability that prevents me from playing some stuff I’d like to play.
Thanks in advance for any feedback!
Here’s me playing with the trigger grip; this is not a grip I’ve ever used before seeing Troy play with it and discuss it and, being the good student that I am , decided to give it a try as suggested. And I actually think my USX technique is a little cleaner this way, compared to my usual pick (included below):
Here is my attempt at USX using my normal pick grip, which I guess would be considered a relaxed trigger grip. This feels more natural and comfortable to me but looking at the video seems less controlled. But it also could have been a bad take. I haven’t done any extensive comparisons.