Over the last month I have been working through the Metal Rhythm Techniques DVD with Andy James from Lick Library, but I am really struggling with a gallop (eighth note followed by two sixteenth notes, or a quick “down-up-down”) that is inserted in between rapid eighth note down strokes.
The particular riff I’m struggling with is actually played in the promotional video for the DVD and can be found here:
The riff is being played from time 1:25-1:31 in the video.
In addition that specific riff, I also tend to generally struggle speeding up any sort of gallop rhythm.
I’ve been repeating the exercises suggested in the DVD every day for a month using a drum machine, but I am not seeing much progress.
I do not know if my brain simply hasn’t chunked the “down-up-down” movement for the gallop rhythm yet, but it seems to always fall apart as soon as I push the speed past a certain point.
Anyways, here a video of me playing through the gallop rhythm exercise at 80bpm. I slowed down the video from 0:10 - 1:109 and from 1:38 - 2:38 so that you can have a closer look:
I feel as though I have too much of a string hopping movement embedded in my right hand technique, but I am not sure how to practice to correct it. If
Please let me know if you spot any other issues, or if you have any other suggestions on how I can improve. I will gladly take more videos if necessary.