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post Jun 7 2008, 03:47 PM
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Ok, so I've never been taught to play guitar, just picked it up myself and so I'm slowly attempting to erase all bad habits. One of the little problem sections I've come across is when i started to learn to sweep (only properly started practicing about a week ago) - was switching between alternate and sweep picking. Right this might be a bit tricky to explain so please bear with me wink.gif

The section I'm looking at currently (when I'm not practicing the standard maj/min arpeggio shapes is the second half of section 12 of Kris/Marcus' Nocturnal Vision lesson - see here. I have no problem playing either the picking part or the arpeggio - although not quite that fast yet, but combining the two I find really difficult because I am used to resting my forearm slightly on the top of the guitar's body. When I practice sweeping I let my wrist float completely off the body, but otherwise it just rests on the top of the guitar whilst I pick. I have no problems (yet) with any picking patterns, but when sweeping my arm needs to move freely to mute the other strings.

My question is - is resting your wrist here normal, and this pattern in the lesson just something I have to work on individually, or is this forearm position a bad habit in general?

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post Jun 8 2008, 04:12 PM
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Well it could be a problem for you, mainly with changing techniques. But not a big problem. Everything can be worked out with a couple of days of focused and intensive practice - remember. So I suggest keeping your hand off the guitar body in general. Sure it can rest there, but rest in a sense that is not anchored to the body. The whoel arm must move freely. Also try to isolate only the problematic transition part. Couple of notes AP and couple of sweeps and repeat that as a sepparate exercise. Watch closely mainly the right hand. You have isolated the problem - now it's time to fix it. Nothing else.


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post Jun 8 2008, 04:29 PM
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Well it could be a problem for you, mainly with changing techniques. But not a big problem. Everything can be worked out with a couple of days of focused and intensive practice - remember. So I suggest keeping your hand off the guitar body in general. Sure it can rest there, but rest in a sense that is not anchored to the body. The whoel arm must move freely. Also try to isolate only the problematic transition part. Couple of notes AP and couple of sweeps and repeat that as a sepparate exercise. Watch closely mainly the right hand. You have isolated the problem - now it's time to fix it. Nothing else.


Brilliant, thank you - will let you know how it goes cool.gif


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