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September 6, 2005 | Focus

One Thing at a Time!...

If you're developing Right Hand picking technique, don't distract yourself with difficulties of the Left Hand. Students often try tackling too many aspects of playing at the same time.

In your daily drilling, if one of your goals is a solid "through" stroke with your pick, make your note selection in the Left Hand something familiar and subconscious. One octave scales, or even four note (tetra-chord) patterns are good for keeping the Left Hand simple so as to achieve that maximum "ping" out of your pick stroke.

Listen how well the pick makes the sound, how long the stroke is and the precision of its return. Here how smoothly the decay of each note blends seamlessly into the start of the next note. Nothing wrong with slow tempo, either! Get the Right Hand on "auto pilot," and then you can go about the business of working the Left Hand.

One thing at a time!

Posted by Ted at September 6, 2005 4:20 PM

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