I’m having a blast learning flat-picking. I’m able to keep up on most songs (rhythm), but I really get myself tied up, sometimes. I notice when people are playing a fast song (and I do this, myself sometimes out of necessity), the number of “sweeps” (and you guys are going to have to correct me on the nomenclature) decrease and the most important thing is (as always) keeping a solid rhythm on the beat. Where I have trouble is…the timing of the backbeat. I tighten up my strumming pattern on the backbeats (when playing fast), but it’s really hard for me. I’m guessing this is something that’ll simply get better, over time.
My question today is…does anyone know of an instructional video or series on this very subject?
I may be wrong (or, I may be the only one who finds this area hard?), but it would seem like a GOLDEN teach-able moment. Even if a new player isn’t going to go to jams and take leads…he/she STILL needs to be a competent rhythm player to even be able to participate.
Just something I’m working on…and seeing “some” progress in. I’d love to know if there’s anything out there that would straighten out the learning curve (sort of an A-Ha lesson).
**Edit - I’m working hard (trying) to keep a loosey-goosey thing going. I notice when I’m doing my best, my wrist and my right forearm are loose, and my right forearm is rotating. It’s not something, for me, that’s automatically repeatable, though. I have to kind of work into it. A lighter pick hold and even a little different pick placement in my fingers seems to also help. I just don’t know if I’m doing something wrong; missing something that’s easily fixed; gonna have to work into it…or, a combination of all of the aforementioned.