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  • Standard Rock/Blues Licks with classical formDateThu Jun 28, 2012 3:47 am

    Well I was lucky enough to find out about Pebber Brown pretty early on and start using classical form from the very beginning, so to me it's actually the easier and more natural one to use, even for the bluesy & jazz stuff. Which is pretty cool. Although I was always impressed by guys like Eddie Van Halen, Randy Rhoads, and of course my personal favorite - Buckethead - and the way they switch between the two when appropriate instead of specializing in just one.

  • *UP* picking and strumming weaker than *DOWN*DateSun Jun 24, 2012 8:00 am

    Well, I guess that takes care of that. Thanks a bunch, gentlemen.

  • *UP* picking and strumming weaker than *DOWN*DateSat Jun 23, 2012 3:59 pm

    Actually, weird enough, when using sarod picking I have no problems whatsoever. In fact, upstrokes are even better than the downstrokes when doing sarod picking. Use weights you say, well I'm a weightlifter when I'm not a guitar player - I guess that explains that. :)

    I'll follow your tips, see where it takes me.

    p.s. In this context, I thought it may be appropriate to note one of Buckethead's songs called Big Sur Moon. He plays that with all upstrokes. Gonna learn that shit in a couple of octaves and include it in my routine.

    Thanks for the comments, guys. Have a good one.

  • *UP* picking and strumming weaker than *DOWN*DateSat Jun 23, 2012 2:53 am

    Sorry in advance if this is a repost. I looked for a topic about this, but couldn't find one, so here it is:

    Anything that involves the UP motion of the pick is so weaker and harder to do than the DOWN motion. This includes picking single notes, strumming chords and even sweep arpeggios - whenever there is UP involved, it literally sucks and it slows my progress down big time.

    Any suggestions on how to fix it? I heard Pebber talk about this in a video once, but if I recall correctly it was rather vague and unspecific. I think he said that McGlauglin wrote a book on that very subject, but I couldn't find that either. And for the life of me, I can't find the video in his channel (so many lessons, can't go through all of them just for a few seconds segment).

    So can anyone help me out with this? Any advice and suggestions.

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