So - I have been meaning to start a post here for a long time - but i guess have been procrastinating just how big the problem is when i start visualizing the entire conversation including historical notes. I started a draft several times and it was a few pages - so I guess i’ve been paralyzed for a bit. Reminds me of grad school - you can kind of visualize the mountain - and as you keep visualizing and analyzing the mountain gets so big you never get started climbing. I am desperately trying to really achieve some of the picking fluidity I see on this forum - and I’m struggling - and it’s frustrating.
I just feel like I should be able to play better than I do. I have felt at times like i’m on the cusp of breaking through but i have yet to break through. So today - we’ll start with a small step.
Today’s post is what I see in my 2nps. I recently discovered the MAB warm up drills and started doing them (I know I’m late to this party - I’m late to lots) but I’m trying all kinds of drills warmups, etc. I was watching my right hand …and i feel like i can smooth things out going from high to low with upstrokes and a slight UWPS but when I head in the other direction - things get very choppy. My picking seems to start bbouncing all over the place. I’ll stop here for now and ask - what can I do to fix this. I should note that i sometimes wonder if I’m a more natural UWPS but I am working hard to develop the ability to do both. I need DWPS for lots of reasons that I could try to explain but I don’t want to make this post unreadable.
In this video I play at a very pedestrian 104bpm - and I run through that little warm up - starting first with the upstroke - and then I also do it starting with a downstroke. I also notice that I get stage fright as soon as I click record…