Last night before bed I decided to sit down for a few minutes with my guitar. As usual, those few minutes turned into well over an hour. But what made this particular session unique was that I think I made a significant improvement to my technique. It’s not often when something just clicks like that, so I figured I’d write about it.
Last night I switched from left hand control to right hand control. It came in the form of alternate picking. I’ve been trying to increase my speed for quite a few months now but couldn’t comfortably get past say… 210bpm with notes on the up and down beats. As I played, I would control the speed with the movement of my fingers on my left hand. Last night, I suddenly tried just letting the left hand go and instead focused on keeping my right hand fluid.
And just like that, a significant improvement in speed and quality. My left hand did what it was suppose to do without having to really think about it. My right hand increased its speed and the result was one notch closer to rock. I think when I can finally be comfortable with making that left-right transition I will have extreme speed possibilities.