You know how you know some knowledge, but it isn’t real until you experience it? That just happened to me. I understand that pick direction is important, but I’ve never really payed a lot of attention to it (I’m a banjo picker, after all. Picks only go in 1 direction. ) The project I’m working on has some mandola in it, so I don’t have any tab to reference. I listened to and tabbed out this little 2 bar run and thought I had the pick direction right. I practiced that little run for hours and couldn’t play it cleanly.
This morning I realized that the run actually starts on the last beat of the previous measure, meaning that I had every pick direction exactly backwards. I switched them around and within 5 minutes, the run sounded clean.
Talk about driving home a point!