I’m a long time lurker here. I found CTC about 4-5 years ago and thus learn’t about pickslanting & escape motions. As soon as i found it I actually made tremendous progress, being able to play stuff I’ve never even was close to playing before.
But there’s one thing that is a struggle for me, huge struggle for me actually. And that is USX patterns in the ascending direction, and it’s only ascending for some reason (maybe im swiping descending?) This includes any pattern that ends with an upstroke on one string and goes to the higher string.
From what I can see when im picking is that my hand really wants and tries to do an DSX motion and slanting it doesn’t really help. If i conciously try to make the pick go up in the air after each stroke it feels super akward and i usually get stuck on some string.
I’ve tried playing faster then I can, 150-200bpm 16th note. I’ve tried playing slow and building speed but always get stuck around 120-130 bpm and usually it starts feeling inaccurate around 100-110 depending on the day. I’ve tried playing longer patterns (such as 4nps chromatic) from E to E and trying playing just a few notes of it, like 5 notes - pause - and repeat. Nothing has worked for me so far, and I’ve been at it for years.
My hand position is very much like Al di meola, dsx has come very natural for me, usx feels impossible.
Does anyone have any tips on how to practice this? I know about rest strokes, i’ve watched the ‘‘bullet proof usx’’ by troy, yet when i do it i fail miserably.
Does anyone have any tips that helped you with this? Should i play super slow and try to micro manage so i can visually see each upstroke going over the plane of strings? Should it feel different from dsx or should i continue the same motion?
If anyone have any tips or anything at all I would appreciate it SO SO MUCH!! This has been haunting me for years now.