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Ayen
post Apr 12 2008, 01:59 AM
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So I've been trying to work on my speed, and I've noticed one big flaw on my alternate picking that's stopping me from going farther than where I am now. I have trouble picking cleanly while moving down. In ascending patterns I'm fine, however in descending runs I seem to screw up. For instance, if I'm playing:

|--6--| |--6--| |--6--| |--6--| |--6--| |--6--| |--6--| |--6--|
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|---------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------------------------------------10-12-14------|
|-----------------------------10-12-14----------10-12-14-10-12-14----------|
|-----------10-12-14-10-12-14----------10-12-14----------------------------|
|--10-12-13---------------------------------------------------------------------|

If the last note before I move one string lower is picked upwards and I move down a string to pick, I screw up somewhere. I either feel no resistance, hit the next string weird, and somewhere screw up. If I pick upwards there's no problem whatsoever. I think I could solve this problem with a metronome but I don't want to practice hours on end to fix a problem because I "think" it might work. Has anyone else had this issue?


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Ivan Milenkovic
post Apr 12 2008, 10:43 AM
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Sure lots of times. FIrst you must isolate the problem, and that's what you did. CLever thinkin. Now you must work on it specially to make it work. Work ONLY on the problem not the whole thing for a couple of hours. When playing watch ONLY the picking hand and minimize your motions and play everything perfectly. When you go to the point where you can't go any faster, stop and rest, and continue tomorrow.


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Danilo Capezzuto
post Apr 12 2008, 01:28 PM
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Hello Ayen, I'm working on a series called "Right Hand Basic", if you think this can help you stay tuned!


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Ayen
post Apr 13 2008, 07:24 PM
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I see, thanks Ivan, I'll do that. Another issue I've noticed is that if I pick down on a string, then move one string below that, I'll pick down on that too, in a sort of sweep. I think working on these is going to open up a new world of picking. Let's hope...


Danillo, sounds good, I'll be the first to learn it when you release it!


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post Apr 13 2008, 07:31 PM
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QUOTE (Ivan Milenkovic @ Apr 12 2008, 02:43 AM) *
Sure lots of times. FIrst you must isolate the problem, and that's what you did. CLever thinkin. Now you must work on it specially to make it work. Work ONLY on the problem not the whole thing for a couple of hours. When playing watch ONLY the picking hand and minimize your motions and play everything perfectly. When you go to the point where you can't go any faster, stop and rest, and continue tomorrow.

Wise words, just what I needed to hear for a pattern I'm having trouble on right now. smile.gif


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post Apr 15 2008, 02:59 PM
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Ayen the first lesson of Right hand basic is on the site...come to practice hard!


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Marcus Siepen
post Apr 15 2008, 09:32 PM
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Danilos lesson should for sure be helpful, a metronome too, and of course a lot of practice. Start slow and make sure you eliminate your problem at this slow speed before you speed up.


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