— Begin quote from “Julian”
It’s not so bad for me when it’s a string of 8th notes (then, I just alternate pick). But when it’s a mix of 8ths and quarter notes, or when there are pickup notes before the beginning of a measure, then I get totally befuddled.
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I agree Julian, it’s the rests that make it difficult. It’s interesting to me also, when swinging something, in essence we are changing the up beat 8th notes to the third note of a 8th note triplet. If I were playing the triplets straight through 3 beats, that would be (down beats in bold) D U D U D U D U D. When swinging I play D U D U D. In essence, I am always playing the swung down beats with a down stroke. When I start adding triplet phrases mixed with swung 8th notes, it can really throw things off. I’ll just have a 50-50 chance of my playing a particular note after a rest as an up or down stroke. Sometimes I have to just pick a direction that works best and repeat it until it gets natural.