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Definately good stuff Howie, .... I personally think Alex, Ralphie and a few have that stuff down much faster and cleaner though. The thing I like about Howies stuff is that he seems to know where and when to play, as does Alex etc..... I'm jealous.... I should have practiced as a kid....LOL
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Originally posted by HOWIE Cant tell if you guys liked what I did there or not but it was fun anyway! danyeo - I have always picked like that from when I started playing...not something I thought about or worked on, it was just what came naturally and comfortably. I have no tendinitis problems either (knock on wood). Here is an unreleased video outtake from my new DVD with Talisman:
Oh yeah, he's [Jesus] got a great sense of humor. That's how we met. He was lurking HC and saw someone pwn you, and he emailed me. He was all "Dude, check this!" and I was all "LOL!1!!" and he was all "roXors!!!1!!!one!!"
Originally posted by danyeo That's the first time i ever heard John 5 play, he's pretty good but his tone is horrid. Maybe it's just the quality of the video though. That Howie SImon picks with his right arm instead of keeping his wrist loose. I'm trying to get my wrist to stay nice and loose so that my elbow doesn't move at all.
The tone on those two videos is a harmonizer. Sounds like a video game/keyboard thing.
At fast speeds it seems impossible to get away from using the arm though. I used to play all from the elbow and have some tendonitis issues. I hear ya on the wrist thing, I use the wrist a lot more now but still the elbow comes in at fast pace.
I see all the shredders use elbow a lot when they put the petal to the metal though. On Petrucci's instructional vid, his forearm is moving so quick it looks like it's vibrating. Yngwie too. His wrist kind've locks up and moves from the elbow. Zakk wylde uses the most elbow I've seen.
One guy who never uses it is E. Johnson. But he doesn't really do linear runs though, like a shredder would. more lateral pentatonic things which the wrist definitely works better for.
Anyhow, I'm trying to work from the wrist more too. There's so much to practice!
Wow....look at all the love! You guys rule! No- those clips are NOT with a harmonizer. I was just playing straight into a Bad Cat amp. Thats in a VERY small room with just a camcorder mic catching the audio...so it does sound a bit strange.
69Strat- Im working on getting some shorter video clips on my site, give me a bit of time. (But dial up? Here in 2005??)
paulinUK- Thanks for the compliments....but playing fast is not necessarily important, its just that I grew up listening to fast guys so thats what I always wanted to do.