Aloha Guitar Pickers:
Here’s what I’ve done so far on Angeline the Baker. I’ve pretty much weaned myself off of the tab and memorized it so I can start trying to put some speed on it and add my own little ornaments to make it mine.
Record yourself and upload so we can all hear what everyone is doing. I’m sure Ben would like to know that his lessons are being enjoyed by his students and would like to hear their progress. It not only helps you as a musician it also helps the instructor to see that his work means something and is helping his students.
So…get pickin’ and let’s hear how you are doing…speed doesn’t matter….comfortable accurate picking is better…speed will come if you keep working on it.
I fully recommend Ben’s scale exercise he calls “Circular” for a good warm-up, gaining speed and ear training of the notes in the G scale. Some people call it floating scales. I was taught this exercise years ago by a professional guitarist. I really notice a difference when I don’t spend time doing this exercise…like sit-ups, you don’t like doing them, you don’t get good at it…but it helps build your body for sports, etc. and it feels soooo good when done… Same with these exercises. One of my flatpicking books not only shows this exercise but also uses part of it as a lick in a song…pretty cool. So, spend a little time with these exercises when you warm-up, with a metronome and you will see improvement in your flatpicking. Slow at first until you get the hang of it.