Very loose wrist picking


#1

@Troy, Due to all the great footage and interviews etc…you provided us with, i started working on my picking from scratch.
Today was a breakthrough for me, as i found a way to make a very loose wrist motion at high speed. Here a few shirt vids of what i mean.
I have to work on keeping it as loose as i go over more strings as i can do on one string but i will manage that with some more practice.

Thnx a lot Troy!



#2

Of course all that matters is that it works, but one observation is that it looks like forearm rotation is a major factor in what you’re doing in these clips. Gotta love the feeling of “breakthrough” moments in any case. :smiley:


#3

It is indeed a combination of wrist and forearm. It feels like everything is very loose with very small motion; like shaking water of your hand with minimal motion. The breakthrough is not perse the motion, that i already knowed and use, but the looseness of it never felt like this before.
Now i got practice to keep that looseness when playing lines over more strings.


#4

Trying to cop Wilko’s style helped me with this.


#5

That is basically the motion.
The thing is, to get this motion up to the fast speed on single note picking (as i did in the vids) normaly i would have to tens up my muscles. And if i could keep them more loose it was rhythmically inconsistent.
Now i found the way to keep it super loose and consistent.


#6

After analyzing it more now, it is more a thumb/wrist motion with a little forearm
I try to feel the ultra fine movements in my thumb, the joint at the palm.


#7

This is what it looks and feels to me.


#8

For me, the challenge of motions that feel “loose” in the wrist is that I sometimes didn’t feel like I had full control over how hard or soft I was going to pick. For me, maximum relaxation in the wrist correlates to softer pick attack (at least at high speeds), which is another reason I gravitated toward pointy picks, to increase the amount of loudness I can generate with a softer attack.