Does anyone else have issues with frequently finding the correct picking motion and then losing it again? I feel like I have a mini moment of clarity every few days where suddenly a picking exercise feels super smooth and easy, but this moment only lasts for a few seconds, and then I “lose” the feeling of that motion. My technique reverts to bad string hopping habits, my arm tenses up, and I can’t seem to get back to the smoothness of the correct motion.
When I lose the motion, I’ll try a variety of things to get back to it: practicing something else (non-picking) for a while, taking a break to stretch and relax, slowing down the tempo, increasing the tempo, etc. I haven’t found anything that reliably helps. The moments of correct motion seem to happen randomly. Most of my picking practice is faster than string hopping can keep up (16ths at 144bpm), so it’s really obvious when the motion is correct. I also try to do picking exercises in multiple 5 minute sets with other non-picking exercises between those 5 minute sets.
I’ve been doing 30 minutes total of pure picking exercises every day for about 2 months now, and it doesn’t seem like these moments of clarity are happening any more frequently or lasting longer. Am I missing something that will help to lock in the feeling of the correct motion? Or does this perceived lack of progress sound like a normal part of the process?