Hi everyone. If you haven’t heard of him, I’d like to bring to your attention this young player Stephen Taranto. I believe he play(s)(ed) in a band called the Helix Nebula
Here is a clip from his instagram: https://www.instagram.com/p/BrfiaY7H3Cl/
Now, his chops are just completely ridiculous. As far as I can tell he is on “both sides of the strings” in the 2 way pickstroke escape sense, and at ludicrous speeds. He is also nailing his sweep picking, and occasionally seems to economise his picking.
So as far as I can tell he is mixing it all together, but then also writing and performing insanely sophisticated passages with his chops.
I was hoping to start a little conversation about his picking technique and what we might learn from it.
Here is his instagram profile where he posts his videos, for your consumption: https://www.instagram.com/stephentaranto/
Specific things I’ve noticed:
- At a “quick” pace I can see him making a fairly overt fore arm roll to change his pick slant. An example is this video: https://www.instagram.com/p/BpqhZwVHevs/
- He seems to play with the wrist + elbow and fairly loose anchoring. What would some similar players be? Paul Gilbert…?
- String skipping at speed, not sure how he is doing it? https://www.instagram.com/p/BpDeAP4lXRq/
I’m not a huge CTG analysis guru so I’ll leave this alien in your capable hands