Hi Tommo! True, i have been on the board for a while, watched almost all of the content and made some progress. I was always hestiant to post something, though, because i basically thought i just need to apply the information i already have and also because i am just not very confident about my playing.
But for the sake of education i am going to leap over my shadow now and post some sloppy clips:
First of all, here is a short tremolo-picked melody which i play using the side of the thumb as an anchor. Nothing else is really anchored exept the top of the thumb.
I know its cell-phone-quality but i think its audible that there are issues especially after stringchanges. For some reason, i sometimes manage to keep playing 16th notes but if you play it at half speed you notice, that there are triplets in some spaces, which i think i instinctively use so i can avoid being trapped. Strangely, in some other instances, i seems to manage to play the 16th notes and use an USX motion somehow. But all in all its a bit of a mess, and as a result i tense up more and more the longer i try and the dynamic and speed changes.
This is the same thing from the front perspective. Same issue here, the picking isnt consistent and there are unintentional triplets thrown in, to help with the stringchanges.
The next one is honestly a bit brutal to me: I wanted to include this as an example that i “can make it work” (the thumb anchor thing) on the lower strings. But watching it in half speed i realise that i am merely more consistent with the triplets here. Before every stringswitch there is a triplet. And here i was thinking i nail that riff…
If you are wondering what happens when i have no string to anchor to - when i play rythm stuff on the low e-string, i switch to a standard wrist anchor point and have some USX motion. Of all the things i play, this feels the most comfy and is clean but for whatever reason, when i try to do this on another string it feels godawful and i switch to my thumb anchor. This is what low e-string stuff looks like:
Lastly, it will get a bit painful but we will make it through together. This is what happens when i attempt to to shreddy stuff.
This mess consists of three things:
- A diatonic three-string scale.
- A two-string scalar run with even and uneven notes per string.
- A single string scalar run.
As you can see, i use economy/directional picking whenever possible and i also mess up every lick in various ways which would need too long to type out but the most obvious things are:
- I apparently cant help but play triplets again whenever i have a three-notes-per-sting thing, especially ascending.
- It must be hard to even hear what it is that i attempt to play there but in the middle of the 2 string scalar sequence i try to switch to the higher string after an Upstroke (-18(u)-17-15-17-18(u)-) and in every one on the three attempts this fails, i think what you hear is mostly unintentional legato, while i cramp up to somehow get to the higher string. Timing is all over the place, as is to be expected.
- The one-string-scale is mostly bad synchro but at least there seems to be no obstacle with the form, so this might be a case of “practice moar”.
So this is where i am. I dont expect any magical pills but i apparently really need to change something because what you hear has been my plateau for the last 10 years or so. There are occasional phases when it works out better and i think “yeah i can make this work with another year of practice”, but when i hear recordings like that i suspect that i am fooling myself.
So where do i go from here? I feel like my only options are a) relearning my messed up technique, stop using the thumb as an anchorpoint; b) find some example from a guy who does the directional picking thumb-anchor thing right and learn from them.
Anyway, thanks for reading and for the great content you produce!! Have a great day!
Edit: *Triplets, not triads.