Hi, first post here.
I’ve been a big fan of the Cracking the Code stuff in the last few years, I see it mentioned a lot too, in random online videos and ironically the guys who know the least about it (have only heard of it), seem to struggle the most with complex right handed stuff (picking hand stuff). Some of them are absolute beasts but only in ‘their way’ if that makes sense. And what this series really does, is break down all of the different possibilities and understanding the mechanics behind it, so that you can become a chameleon of sorts in tackling many different picking situations. And on top of that, it’s just really entertaining, maybe it should be aired on Discovery Channel.
Eric Johnson’s style has always puzzled me, so it was great to see his stuff explored in depth. I’d love to see his chordal rhythm stuff explored in depth one day but I guess that’s a discussion for a different day.
Around 12 months ago I bought Cascade Seminar, and while it was expensive than my usual guitar learning materials it was a great journey in going through that. Suddenly Eric made more sense. Anyways… long story short…
I decided recently to go more indepth for the other ones, Volcano and Anti-Gravity. I was going to buy them but discovered this subscription thing, so here I am. I figured it was cheaper so that it was worth a try, and so far… the content seems great value for money.
I do have one question though, in terms of subscription vs purchase. I noticed that for Cascade the same performance notes from the PDF are on the site, and it’s integrated in such a way that it’s easier to follow in terms on exercises vs the notes vs the chapter of the video you are watching. Great job on that.
But for Volcano and Anti-Gravity, I haven’t been able to find any notes with the videos. Is this an intentional thing? If that’s true I do find it sort of ironic that the one seminar that has notes is the one where I already have the notes for it. But what can you do… life has a funny sense of humor I guess. I enjoy the notes, because sometimes I don’t have a guitar with me, or can’t watch video… but sometimes enjoy going over it and studying it sometimes. That’s for Cascade… I’m not so sure with the other ones, but that’s what I enjoy about this subscription service in that it’s cheaper so you can dip your toes in so to speak… as opposed to diving right in. This is probably too long already, so I guess should wrap it up. It’s just that it’s a lot of extra money to pay soley for the performance notes… as opposed to everything else I have access to now. Is it because the notes for the other two seminars are less integrated in terms of each individual chapter? I noticed that Cascade is pretty well integrated, and the subscription service in terms of how the licks, and the tabs and the video are all integrated… it works really well.
Anyways, thanks again… I love this stuff. I love that somebody took the time to go so indepth in terms of seeking to understand how these guitar wizards of the 80’s and 90’s could do what they do… and I loved the guitar forum thing with MAB… and at the time it would have seemed so wierd… or unpaved territory and then it’s years later… and MAB is being interviewed and suddenly it makes more sense… and Troy is being taken more seriously now… as opposed to being a random a forumer with some out there “theories”. And animations are great as well. Anyways I guess I’ve said enough…