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  • About to see a show...DateWed Apr 11, 2018 5:48 pm

    Hey folks!

    Gotta brag a little, kind of excited.

    Buckethead starting shortly on a stage about 15 feet from me.

  • A long time gone...DateWed Jan 17, 2018 4:28 pm

    Hello folks!

    I haven't been 'round these parts for a while yet, but I've been yearning to reach out to you.

    Then I saw an announcement today from the Wilbur Theater in Boston, that Buckethead will be back on April 12th.

    Oh man, so many thoughts.

  • Left Hand Thumb PlacementDateSun Aug 20, 2017 8:30 am

    Hey all,

    Made a video showing my fretting hand thumb placement. It's 7:00 long, but the important part ends at about 2:30 and i cant cut it.

    Please have a look and let me know what you think about moving that thumb around to decrease tension on the thumb and wrist.

  • Too Far Gone To Re-Learn Picking?DateFri Aug 04, 2017 4:39 pm

    Pebber's not kidding.

  • New MemberDateFri Aug 04, 2017 4:37 pm
    Forum post by Farelli. Topic: New Member

    Yeah, it was the spiders, and I didn't think of doing right hand because I don't have the discipline not to use my left hand at all. :D

    Plus I had plenty of other things that needed to be done.

  • About a practice routineDateSun Jul 23, 2017 2:49 pm
    Forum post by Farelli. Topic: About a practice routine

    I would back up a step, and ask you, what are your goals?

    Before answering whether your routine is good for you, we need to know where you want to end up.

    That said, Pebber's program will deliver you to whatever goals you have, so I'm inclined to point you in that direction. :D

  • New MemberDateSat Jul 22, 2017 1:12 pm
    Forum post by Farelli. Topic: New Member

    Welcome, Cory.

    I've been playing for 35 years now bit only got serious about learning the instrument maybe about 4 years ago.

    Right now I haven't touched a guitar in 10 days because I felt a hint of tendinitis due to some intensive exercises I'd been doing. Needed to give the fretting hand a break.

  • Alternate Picking on Adjacent Strings worksheetDateThu Jul 20, 2017 4:22 pm

    That's because each image as you go left to right is only a portion of the total picture.

    It's telling you:

    fret the 5th string 2nd fret with your middle finger, 3rd string 2nd fret with your ring finger
    pick down on the 6th string, up on the 5th string
    pick down on the 4th string, up on the 3rd string
    pick down on the 2nd string, up on the 1st string

  • Alternate Picking on Adjacent Strings worksheetDateThu Jul 20, 2017 1:35 am

    Those are telling you which fingers to use on those strings.

    Pebber has some videos, titled something like "How to take the online lessons," where he explains a lot of these concepts.

  • Alternate Picking on Adjacent Strings worksheetDateWed Jul 19, 2017 2:59 am

    Those are marking "string sets" or string pairs.

    So at the top you have 6,5 then 4,3, then 2,1 and you see the "down" "up" pick markings at the bottom.

    So you pick down on 6, up on 5, down on 4, up on 3, down on 2, up on 1.

  • Too Far Gone To Re-Learn Picking?DateSat Jul 15, 2017 2:55 am

    Yeah, it's worth it. I haven't had the chance to make another video yet, but one will come.

    Start with scalpel.

    But if you decide you want to play with sarod, Pebber has a great video where he explains how to get the motion down before using a guitar.

  • Too Far Gone To Re-Learn Picking?DateSun Jul 09, 2017 5:14 pm

    Here's a good example of my "before" picking, from December, 2014.



    I'll have to record one from now, showing my right hand position. That will take a couple of days most likely.

  • Too Far Gone To Re-Learn Picking?DateSun Jul 09, 2017 11:25 am

    Hey Paul,

    My older videos probably show some pretty sour picking. I'll check later.

    I'll also try to get a video of my picking today. There will certainly be an apparent difference.

    But it'll take me until later this evening. At work for a while yet.

  • Too Far Gone To Re-Learn Picking?DateSun Jul 09, 2017 2:48 am

    I'd say it's your call, but you can definitely learn scalpel or sarod.

    I never learned anything but self-taught picking methods for 30 years, and started working on scalpel and sarod 2 years ago and saw a nearly immediate improvement in my accuracy, speed, tone, and clarity. 2 years later I am a much cleaner player from having learned that. It gives me much tighter control over my movements.

    If you're curious to see what it's like, just take 15 minutes a day for a week or 2 doing scalpel only. It'll be weird at first but you get accustomed to it pretty quickly.

    If I want to work on scalpel or sarod I still have to focus on it. When I play I use all sorts of different angles, of course. But there is definitely more flexibility in my thumb joint than before; I can see it in videos if I show my right hand. So even though I go back to my earlier picking styles, scalpel picking has become a part of that and it's made me a lot better.

    But like I said above, it's your time, so spend it however you want on what you think will give you the best results.

  • The First 3 Strings Thread!DateSat Jul 08, 2017 1:23 pm
    Forum post by Farelli. Topic: The First 3 Strings Thread!

    Still do this from time to time, and I play a lot better now.

    This is how I've started playing Sugar, by Maroon 5:

  • Left Hand Exercises 5.21-5.23DateSat Jul 08, 2017 1:11 pm

    Here's a little update.

    First, we have Attack of the 5.21:



    Then Return of the 5.22:



    Third we have The 5.23 Strikes Back (this is after 7 days of focusing on 5.23, so I'm pleased with my progress):



    Finally, I did some chromatic exercises, which I do from time to time:

  • Janine's first video scalpel pickingDateThu Jul 06, 2017 11:13 am

    No worries. Video embedding is a little tricky here until you get the hang of it.

    Looks like you are focusing intently on moving just your thumb and forefinger. That's definitely the right way to get started with scalpel picking. It's a bit weird at first.

  • Janine's first video scalpel pickingDateThu Jul 06, 2017 2:04 am

    Hi Janine,

    You'll need to fix that video embed. It should look like this:

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    [Video]http://youtube/sSXrvDX0Utc[/Video]
     



    Make sure there's no 's' after the http, and place a [/Video] at the end.

  • Thumb pressure behind the neckDateThu Jul 06, 2017 1:59 am

    Here's a good one where he's showing how he plays fast, talking about his right hand thumb being relaxed. But at 2:25 in the video at a random point in his runs he brings his left thumb down next to his index finger and keeps on going.

    It's also worthy of note that at several points he doesn't have his thumb firmly in back of his middle finger even though it's on the back of the neck. That makes in clear he's not using that much pressure with that thumb.

  • Left Hand Exercises 5.21-5.23DateWed Jul 05, 2017 2:09 pm

    I've done them casually in the past. This is the first time I'm dedicating most of my energy toward them.

    Funnily, at lunchtime I went back to them and did some persistent practice until I got fatigued. Then I decided to do some chromatic scales and then G major scale practice, Scaletone 1 Form 2. It was a nice change from the spiders.

    Then I put it down for about 4 hours and came back to it to do it again.

    I'll do some moving around the neck on the spiders. That's a good idea.

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