Monday, May 26, 2008

Cracking the Code: The Secrets of Virtuoso Picking Technique

What a fantastic idea. Why didn't I think of this! There are tons of guitar players on the planet, but only a few who are truely viruoso speed picking demons! Why is this? Why has no one bothered to find this out? Well Troy Grady had an idea to place a high speed mini-cam right down in front of the picking hand, and then ask a pile of the who's who of shred guitar playing to let 'er rip in front of the thing. The results are VERY interesting.

It seems that no one has really analyzed the different picking techniques in this manner. Some hands float, some are anchored, some don't move at all. It will be very interesting to see the commparisons.

I have a pretty good alternate picking technique. When warmed up, I can play 12 notes a second cleanly, three notes per string scales. I got there using a metronome, playing at slower speeds and notching up when I could execute cleanly at the lower speeds. Every once and awhile it helped to push it though, play beyond your means albeit sloppy, kind of like jogging while wearing a backpack of bricks. When you slow down to where you were comfortable, it seemed much easier.

Well, it looks like he is trying to release a DVD. Frig, I'll line up to buy it. he has to get Yngwie and Gilbert on there though, although it looks like they have donated footage. Why not Eric Johnson!! Check out the guy's website here. I hope he manages to release this. In the meantime he's put some of his footage up on youtube. I wish he'd have taken footage of the fret hand too though!

Watch Steve morse fly in front of this thing!

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