I’ve been working on Beaumont Rag, and flat picking in general and while I have been able to get my flat picking up to around 120BPM on some fiddle tunes (16th notes) any cross picking section of a song, like that famous Doc Watson riff in Beaumont rag, I’m stuck around 80BPM. I watched the Carl Miner video, and I noticed that my pick is dipping much deeper between the strings than his. He has his pinky straight down on the guitar which keeps his right hand elevated. I’m sure that has something to do with how clean his cross picking arpeggios are. I’ve been working with a metronome to build my arpeggio speed every day for a month (as I did with the fiddle tunes) and they just don’t seem to budge. I’m definitely not string hopping, I’ve been playing guitar for quite some time and feel that my right hand wrist motion is decent, but those arpeggio motions still seem so awkward and inaccessible.
I’ve also noticed that the guys that can really pull them off effortlessly all have very loose wrists. I might be tensing up and using my elbow too much but that still seems like a minor adjustment compared to the huge deficit in speed and accuracy that I’m experiencing.