Perhaps anyone with a similar background could comment on this.
On 2NPS ascending scales I’ve always naturally used USX motion, whereas for descending 2NPS scales I’ve always naturally used DSX picking. This has always just felt natural. Outside of this context, I otherwise use DSX for everything else, whether ascending or descending.
So the anomaly/exception is my use of USX motion just on ascending 2NPS lines. This became very ingrained when I was a teenager and still feels natural today as I have been playing again. It really is cemented in my approach to pentatonic scales as well as my approach to things like the last repeating section of the song No Boundaries (if anyone knows that part towards the end that I’m talking about).
I’m running into an issue trying to adapt this is the Cascade seminar. For whatever reason, doing DSX for ascending 2NPS lines just feels super super weird and I don’t know if that’s a place I really want to go. And similarly doing USX for descending 2NPS lines also feels super strange. I know that there are ways of adapting these lines for the descending licks to fit with DSX though it’s not as ideally suited.
In theory, if I can play fast using USX while doing ascending 2NPS lines, then it seems like there shouldn’t be any reason why I couldn’t do that descending and maybe it’s just a weird muscle memory thing that I can’t seem to break. It would be nice to have a unified approach for both ascending and descending lines, whether that’s DSX or USX rather than this hybrid approach, and I don’t know if it’s best to just force myself to adopt one or the other consistently.
It just feels like a strange conundrum, and hopefully the question makes sense.