It just clicked!!!

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  1. Scarecrow

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    Well, as some of you may have heard (or experienced firsthand!) we had a rather crazy winter storm along the east coast and here is Pittsburgh we got pounded!!

    So after spending FIVE HOURS digging out my truck and front walk I am worn out and sore today.

    Since I have no plans of doing anything strenuous today I decided to practice a little gee-tar.

    Lately I have been trying to really improve my sweep picking. But it seems that no matter what I do something wasn't clicking. I can "shred" pretty well on single strings, but going from "E to E" just wasn't happening.
    I watched videos, read articles, trying to find some tip that would help me put it all together. (I also practiced fiendishly) but all to no avail.

    Then about an hour ago I was working on it...and I have no idea how or why, but something just clicked. It was amazing. I altered my right hand technique one tiny bit and all of the sudden BOOM!

    I was flying ALL OVER the fretboard. It was nuts.

    Anyone else have any similar experiences? Something just "falling into your lap" like that? I mean, I have been working on this for months and today after a really small adjustment....it just happened.

    Totally nuts, but totally cool!

    Well, I hear my gee-tar calling!

    Later gators,

    Scarecrow
     
  2. peskypesky

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    what did you change??!! i want to know!!
     
  3. shrekfingers

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    ah... the ah--ha moment, don't ya just love em?
    Like wakin up the day after your wedding and knowing she will never leave.
     
  4. Falstaff48

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    I thought that was the "ah-oh" moment...:twisted:
     
  5. smsuryan

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    that wasnt a great moment for me, my friend...:D
     
  6. amstratnut

    amstratnut Peace thru Music.

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    I definately have things click, but not in the shred dept. I've started to have more things work now that I've stopped trying to play fast. Still wish I could play fast. It just doesn't seem in the cards for me. I do a little sweep picking but the effect is like a sax running up to a note, not like well....not like shredding. Its more like a rake than a sweep.
     
  7. Scarecrow

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    hey guys,

    Yes, it was a great moment for me. I was just starting to get really discouraged with my playing. I mean, I can play fairly well and I usually hit the right notes...but for some reason "string skipping" at high speed has always eluded me.

    Pesky, I was at the point where I know that it wasn't a synchronization problem between my hands as I can play really fast on one string...so I took a closer look at how I was actually picking the notes.

    I saw that my picking was just "up-down-up-down" in rapid fashion. What I changed was that I started making small circles with the pick around the string as opposed to the up-down motion. (I know that's a bad description, I just can't explain in a better way!)

    I realize that some people have probably known this trick for years but it is new to me! and for me it works!

    Now I have another tool to spice up my leads!
     
  8. amstratnut

    amstratnut Peace thru Music.

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    I've heard of the circle thing. Don't understand what it does. I've tried it and I'm not sure what is supposed to happen. Nothing did for me. Maybe (probably) I did it wrong?
     
  9. TreRocker

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    cool, i'm gonna try that
     
  10. Hugh

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    Yep that is circle picking, used in jazz alot.
     
  13. amstratnut

    amstratnut Peace thru Music.

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    Not to name drop here, but, well alright you guys don't know me so I can do it and all you can do is think I'm bragging.

    Tuck was my teacher for a few years before his first album came out. He probably should disavow ever having taught me anything, but there it is. He showed me the circular picking thing and I didn't get it then either. I guess that shows what kind of student I was.

    Tuck is a monster player. If any of you guys get a chance to see him live, do it. Or You tube him. It will change how you think about guitar.
     
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    Hugh Got Cluck ?

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    Yea, I googled circular picking and found it. I need to read it as well :)
     
  16. Hugh

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    I believe so. One of many he mastered. He was a beast ;)
     
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    He certainly was.
    I had the opportunity to see & hear him live in Philly once.
     
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    Congrats OP.
     
  19. timegoesback

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    I'm still waiting for the 'click' just as I am waiting for my growth spurt :p:
     
  20. Jake D

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    Thanks for that link. Great thread guys.