January 28, 2015
I’ve spent the last 9 months converting over to legato technique after alternate and economy picking for 40 years. My principal style is jazz. I’m finding that at tempos beyond 220 bpm it’s more difficult to keep that 1/8 note definition in lines. I guess what I’m looking for is how to create less of a legato feel and more space between notes at faster tempos. Any advice on some focal points for technique? BTW: I practice everything with the metronome on 2&4. Thanks for the great lessons.
September 1, 2012
I find that using 3 note per string scales can contribute to trouble with timing and swing feel. I recommend mixing up the number of notes per string, based on the phrase that you are playing. This will give you the ability to choose what notes are accented. The picked notes create the time feel. Try working on bebop heads for example, trying to find fingerings that create the articulation that you are looking for. Adjust your fingerings so the time feel is right. Sometimes this means new “notes per string” combinations.
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