For the sake of articulating the question in this topic, I have separated mechanical systems into 4 categories, each with their own relevant articulations and escape motions.
DWPS w/ alternate picking, sweep picking, and legato (USX motion)
UWPS w/ alternate picking, sweep picking, legato, and swiping (DSX motion)
2WPS w/ alternate picking and/or sweep picking (Mixed escapes)
Cross Picking w/ alternate picking (Double escape motion)
My question is should you stick with practicing and/or playing in one system, or is it okay to play within multiple systems?
It’s clear that a wide variety of phrases can be developed inside of one system. Yes? This is one of the key takeaways I got from the Volcano Seminar. Moreover, there are so many great players who play within a single system. Maybe playing within one system could actually aid the creative process, giving a stronger foundational platform to build phrases off of that flow smoothly and seamlessly together.
And what about the motor learning side of this concept? Descending Fours across all six strings can be played within the DWPS system or the 2WPS system. Might it be almost counter-intuitive to learn that phrase within both systems? You would be learning the same sequence of notes, but with two different picking patterns. This seems like you would be putting in extra practice, while getting less out of your time.
Note: I apologize for any confusion in regards to the terminology I used above to refer to the mechanical systems. I understand that “UWPS” or “DWPS” are terms that are not necessarily representative of the motion path, but more so the visible orientation. I used these terms to refer back to the seminars.