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Discuss the Guitar lesson: Good King Wenceslas Build-a-Break

https://banjobenclark.com/lessons/good-king-wenceslas-build-a-break-guitar-beginner

I give you three solos for this classic Christmas tune in G, using the build-a-break structure. We begin with the basic melody, then add eighth notes and scales, and finally some slick licks to make it really shine!

Banjo Ben,
I am really struggling with my rhythm speed, I can keep up with all tempos on this song except the last time that you played it, that’s faster than I can play. If I was just starting out this would be fine but I have played off and on for several years and I hit a brick wall and can’t get any faster. The weird thing is that if I strum with my fingers I can go much faster than that and then I can put the pick in my hand and start strumming without touching the strings and ease my hand closer to the strings and as soon as the pick contacts the strings I feel tension shoot dow my arm and my speed drops off. Any suggestions on how to fix this? I know it’s not because I’m holding the pick too tight I hold it loose enough that I can feel it move in my fingers but tight enough that I don’t drop it. If it matters I use a blue chip pick.

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How about when you play a single string over and over? Are you able to play it in such a way that the tension is removed and the speed picks up?

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When I am picking the tension isn’t there I have only noticed it while strumming, I have been able to see a significant increase in my picking speed over the last few weeks but in the last year and a half I have been stuck at the same strumming speed

And let me add this i am only feeling the tension when trying to strum using eighth note strums ( 1 2& 3 4& or 1&2&3&4& tickling the strings ) if I play the simple boom chuck the tension goes away and I can play a little faster

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Ok, that’s interesting. Can you start picking a single string up and down and slowly expanding your movement until you do two strings, then keep going until the tension starts?

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