Ok, I haven’ t posted one of these in a while, and after watching (finally!) the Anti-Gravity seminar some of the stuff that I’ve started to notice myself doing started to make sense… But I want to make sure I know what’s going on here.
The tab of the two sort of Gilbert-y patterns I’m playing. Definitely a little bit of red-light-itis going on here, I promise I can play this smoother when I don’t have my phone on a flexible tripod wrapped around the upper horn of my guitar!
…and the video:
Looks like I play the 3-string pattern twice, start looping the 2-string pattern, and then when it goes to slo-mo start back in on the three string pattern, do that maybe three times, then start looping the two string pattern for the rest of the clip.
So, near as I can tell, while I’m not seeing a pronounced slant or overly overt escape motion - if anything, here and in other clips I’ve shared, there’s a bit of a cross-pick-y arc going on - I seem to be escaping on downstrokes. coming off the first string in the three string pattern, I don’t see my hand doing anything all that unusual going from the A string to the D string, but coming off the D to the G I’m seeing my wrist kind of “wind up” or “cock back” on an upstroke, in preparation for a downstroke onto the G string. My pick seems to need a little extra help on upstrokes to clear the string; thus, probably a slight upwards slant. There’s also the slight doubling of the E on the G string on the second repetition at speed before the video drops into slow-mo, which I’m guessing is a too-audible swipe across the top of the G string on its way to an upstroke on the D.
Sound about right? Anything I’m missing? The basic mechanics seem to be working ok, if anything the biggest issue I’m seeing here is I need to be more coordinated so a lot of single-string repeated pattern drilling is probably in order.
And, I guess, as a related question - with a deviation-based pickstroke, I suspect I’d get a clearer upwards escape if I cultivated a flatter wrist angle (right now my wrist angles up slightly towards the neck in neutral). Is that worth trying to cultivate, or is this a matter of if it ain’t broke don’t fix it?