I am currently doing this as part of trying to get the single string volcano licks up to 200bpm (16ths). I am also isolating the left hand by playing pure legato.
I am hoping to see how these triangulate and what I have noticed so far (I have only done it a handful of times though) is that:
- My left hand seems to be holding me back significantly where position shifting is involved
- Picking lines can be easier than legato because the lack of pull-offs
3.The combination of points 1 and 2 could be the reason why I struggle with the volcano pull-of escape hatches
- (Most importantly regarding this thread) Tempos at which the right hand can pick 16ths notes AND accent the beat feel and sound so much more accurate (even if I don’t actively accent the beat when playing the lick) and I have better endurance.
- If I can play 16ths but not adequately accent the beat, I may be able to play a very familiar lick that is quite passable, but its on the edge for accuracy, synchronicity and endurance. Basically, it doesn’t feel like I’m dominating the lick/ ‘In the pocket’
So if the above continues to be the case for me then I have some benchmarking ability to understand how likely success at picking a lick could be acheived in the short, medium or long term and laser-focus practice toward the goal.
If i can’t play it legato - diminished/no chance of picking. Medium/Long term goal
If I can’t accent the beat with right hand isolation, but can play the subdivision in time, then it shouldn’t provide too much issue to be able to play with practice, but might not likely to be sonething that can be used at will within normal playing without a bit of risk. Short to medium goal
Right hand isolation with accents (providing left hand isn’t a finger twister) = low risk/high repeatability domination. In the lickbag!
This might be over the top, but hey - its all fun!