I just want to say THANK YOU. I’ve been through the Primer and the Antigravity seminars and feel the scales have fallen from my eyes. I have been mostly a fingerstyle player most of my life and truly hated a pick. However, I’m a stubborn man and I believe in occasionally facing your demons head on. I can’t tell you how many times over the last 35 years I have tried grab a pick only to throw it away in disgust. I saw a frankly dismissive post about your course on a jazz guitar forum by someone who’s opinion I do not respect at all and knew I had to check you out.
I can’t tell you how many mysteries you solved for me. For example, I discovered I am an upward pick slanter like McLaughlan (I didn’t even know that was a thing). I always tried to override my instinct because I had been told to hold the pick horizontally and pick in an up/down motion. I fought picking in a diagonal in/out way.
Likewise, I found out I swipe. But not always. Sometimes, when I didn’t think about it I could move towards the bass strings cleanly, and other times there was all this weird noise I couldn’t identify. I find I mute using the thumb that is holding the pick --not my left hand. I had often felt that I was being lazy and tried to teach myself to lift my hand away from the strings only to get sloppier. Again, I had no idea why (a recurring theme for me)!
So on and so forth. Every time I tried to get better, I got worse. I was inconsistent and often would just have to stop because the pick would get tangled up in the strings.
Now I know why. That and a dozen other things. Some people can do things without knowing why. Pure instinct. I am the opposite. I find even easy things impossible if I don’t first understand the theory. Weird, but true. But your careful analysis has been a major turning point for me. Even just in the time it has taken me to go through your course and play the examples I feel chains falling off.
Again, thank you.
PS: When were you at Yale? You look vaguely familiar. You remind me of a guy named Dan Schmedlen in my class, but obviously that’s not you. We seem to be roughly the same age. I wonder if I met you back then.