Hi, After years of enjoying Django's music, I've decided to give it a try and learn to play the music. I got Gypsy Picking about six weeks ago and have been practicing about 2h per day following the instructions in the book. I've been working on the first nine picking patterns and can play them nice and clean at 100 bpm or quicker, depending on the pattern. Would it be OK to move to the corresponding musical examples or should I keep practicing with open strings until I can play faster?
BTW: Thanks for the posts in this forum. They ultimately gave me the push to buy the book and learn this style. And thanks to Michael for his wonderful book.
I think, if you're asking the question, you're ready to do it.
The point of the first section is so you can just concentrate on your right hand. Start the musical examples & if your right hand carries on using the right technique when you're thinking about your left hand then it's all good. If not......... back to open strings...
I might be a weird guy but I'm not bored doing the open strings at all. It's so great to hear how strong my sound has gotten with the rest stroke!
It really paid off! I didn't get bored either, felt kinda like a video game or something...
But like Gary said if your picking hand's got it start incorporating the fretting one.
I did realize that my right hand assumes the broken wrist position automatically when I grab my guitar. I tried to play the old way the other day but it felt funny. The fact that I'm not able to play my old stuff at the moment is very scary though.
I find using a different pick helps me get back in the ole alternate picking zone.
I sometimes might use a backward sweep as an effect to play some jazz lines too but most of the time GP is more than fine.