At last I am making some actual progress on actual music at actual proper tempos with a DSX (downstroke escape) motion (I will post some clips later but I’m so happy with my progress in the last week) What it means though is that I have to rearrange or even change notes of licks to suit my new found 1 way escape motion to help me cross strings.
Which is making me think: I am making my own music and arranging it because I know that changing after an upstroke will get me stuck in between strings. I am aware of this because of CtC. I’m aware of it.
So surely all the single escape players, Ywinge, Johnson etc were also aware of when they were able to change strings, since they would almost always change after an up, and arrange lines to suit. So why were they not able to articulate this in teaching videos etc when they were doing it quite deliberately. Surely once they got the technique by feel, the process of rearranging lines must have made them think “why am I rearranging this line this way?”
Not a criticism of them obviously (who am I to argue with any of those legends) but it strikes me as fascinating despite loads of ppl being able to shred with single escape motions, it took till Troy to figure it out and tell them what they are doing! All they could come up with was advice like “use small motions, wrist only etc”…
The only people I can think of who don’t have to think about rearranging lines are crosspick guys, as their motion gives them total freedom of playing anything without having to rearrange!
Once again this whole topic of guitar picking fascinates and intrigues…