Paul Gilbert explaining shoulder movement for string crossing

#1

Heard another interesting tidbit in the video linked below. Skip to around the 4:45 Mark and you’ll hear Paul describe how he uses his shoulder to get over the string, at least when descending. Thought it might be of interest to some around here.

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#2

It seems the shoulder pushes or pulls the forearm to position the wrist to reciprocate over the correct string, so he needs “shoulder push” and “shoulder pull.”

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#3

This is wat Martin Miller also does and what i am practicing a lot lately.
In fact it is stringtracking from the shoulder.

#4

Interesting, and good timing! I was just about to post about how I have much more trouble picking on a single string, as I traverse from thicker to thinner strings. For example, playing “Misserlou” on the fat 6th string is no problem. Playing it on the 1st string is almost impossible, and I have no idea why. I’ve tried adjusting how high I have the instrument… but, perhaps I need to just engage my shoulder!

Any other tips welcome.

You’d think a thinner string would be much easier to pick, but I have more trouble.

#5

Great lil idea by Paul and love the insight into the shoulder movement.