Posted on February 13, 2014
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If you’re not in a band already you could or should be with this quality of playing a fairly complex cover. Good clean picking and solid barre chords definitely get my attention. I couldn’t tell from the video if you were picking downstrokes only or alternating. If it’s only downstrokes, over time you’ll get much faster on your leads if you get used to alternating up and downstrokes; ignore this if you’re already on to this.
It is all down strokes. I’m having a hard time alternating between up and down but I’m getting there. Thanks for the feedback!
You have a good grip on the guitar pick, i.e. loose and relaxed and your hand isn’t clenched. That will help. A way to get the alternating strokes working for you is to practice just on one string, till it gets easier. Try it first with a light weight pick, maybe .73 mm or less. That makes it easier. It’s very hard to do with a hard pick. Then you can try alternating picking moving from one string to the next. It doesn’t take long to get the hang of this and over time you’ll be glad you switched over!
I use light weight picks and I like them. I only use the hard picks with an acoustic guitar sometimes. I also can alternate in the riff of master of puppets because it’s mostly on the low E. I tried practicing alternate picking by going up and down a scale.
Good plan – over time that drill will really open up your capacity to play the faster leads. I like the lighter-medium picks too but as you start to play faster, at a certain point they don’t react quickly enough and you need to go a bit heavier so I’ll usually keep a range in my kit. My usual middle-of-the-road pick weight is .73 mm. There’s a good explanation of guitar picks under the “Guitar Pick” entry in WikiPedia.
Man is this cool to see, Jason! Your lead playing and what you have going on with your rhythm is enviable, to be sure – killer riffs, articulate picking, I have to agree.
To think that just a few years – and guitar classes ; ) – ago, you were just picking up a guitar for the first time, and now you’re playing along with Muse lead riffs (and I agree with Irwin, would do well if we can find/make you a band)! Congratulations on all of your hard work honing your technique!
You rock, sir. Great playing!
How would you make this song your own…? Your next *huge* step (and one many guitar players never take!) is developing your own style and approach. I’d be interested to hear you work up an alternate version of “Plug In Baby”
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