I guess that’s my first post here, after my introduction
I grabbed my axe back after a 3 years long stop, and decided to give this riff a go.
I had never played it before, but I think at least some basics are already in place from the times I worked on Troy’s Masters in Mechanics courses.
Here’s an uncut take, after some 4h practice overall (3 days)
(the sound isn’t too clear I’m afraid, not only because of sloppy playing, but also because of recording gear/conditions)
I think I’ve got a few points as to why the riff is called ‘technical difficulties’ , and I can somehow relate it to Gilbert’ style (although I’m no deep connoisseur of the artist). I think the main point of the ‘difficulty’ is to balance between the sixteenth notes section, which requires extensive pick slanting orientation changes, and forceful picking, with the sextuplet section, which at least in my perception not only requires different muscles, but also a different angle - full UWPS - with a sudden inversion for the first note on the next beat, wich belongs to the next sixteenth section.
That note comes after two strings crossed in UWPS but, since it comes on the next string down, after an UP stroke, it requires either:
- a swipe, or
- an inversion of the pick orientation (to DWPS)
I think the second approach will sound better, cleaner, and tighter.
This ‘inversion’ is also a kind of ‘bulding block’ I would want to develop for super-fast runs on 3nps. I would start in UWPS but after the 6th note I would need to change orientation and, while picking the next two notes of the 3nps section, slant back to UWPS.
I remember working on it, but it’s a difficult movement and I can’t perform it well at those speeds. I guess you will notice
Please let me know what you think, if you want to discuss further, have suggestions and so on!
(I think there are a lot of subtleties which can be discussed, if interested).