This summer, I attended "Django in June", where I had the chance to take four or five lessons with Michael Horowitz (who gave the best handouts, BTW, of all the teachers there, thanks, Michael!)
Before I left Northampton MA, I purchased a Wegen pick and Michael's excellent book "Gypsy Picking", and I've been working with those two things like a sonofbitch ever since.
In the past three months, I feel that I've made fairly good progress in the GJ style, and most of my musical buddies have commented that I'm sounding way better.
My question: Since I haven't yet fully mastered all the techniques in "Gypsy Picking", is it too soon to buy and start working on "Gypsy Fire"?
Or am I better off waiting until I can do all the exercises in "Gypsy Picking" up to speed first?
Paul Cezanne: "I could paint for a thousand years without stopping and I would still feel as though I knew nothing."
Edgar Degas: "Only when he no longer knows what he is doing does the painter do good things.... To draw, you must close your eyes and sing."
Georges Braque: "In art there is only one thing that counts: the bit that can’t be explained."