Hey all Codecrackers!
— SHORT VERSION —
If you can only play fast with one type of single-escape picking (say DSX), but you always end up string-hopping when playing the other type (say USX), we would like to see your footage - and we may be able to use it in a future lesson!
Please attach your videos in the responses below, or send them to me as a private message. 2~4 short videos should be sufficient.
Licks with “few notes per string”, like straight pentatonic scales, are typically those where this kind of issue is most obvious. Even something like this (trying to start both on Up and Down) could work:
-----4-4---5-5- (loop indefinitely) -2-2----2-2----
— LONGER VERSION —
In preparation for some new Primer material, @Troy and I are looking for one case study (or more!) of “Anti-Primary Hopping”.
What does that even mean, you may rightly ask?
We want to look at someone who:
- Can only play fast with one type of single-escape picking (for example, downstroke escape licks)
- Has a string-hopping problem when trying single-escape picking of the “opposite” type (for example, upstroke escape licks)
These issues are typically amplified in things with few notes per string, like pentatonics (or more generally 2nps licks).
- Do you find that you can play a straight pentatonic scale only if you start on a downstroke (or upstroke)?
- Do you find that things get horribly jumpy / stringhoppy when you start a pentatonic with the other pickstroke?
Then you may be the case study we are looking for
I want to thank you all in advance for considering this, your footage will most certainly help many other guitar players out there
As it is of course tradition, I will attach a link to our filming instructions: