Thank you Chris for the feedback and the peronsalized video response! You are right, this felt a little weird at first when trying it out last night, but it definitely helps with the tension. I feel like this will definitely help with my playing going forward. I'm working on the latest lesson of Under The Double Eagle and hope to have to to you soon (with less tension of course!). -Jason
Chris, here is one more - I've been working on getting the basic melody down for Under The Double Eagle. It took awhile to get the groove down, but let me know your thoughts when you have chance. Thanks again for these lessons, I'm getting so much out of them. Especially the Norman Blake content. Hope you're doing well! -Jason
Great job working this up! You've got all of the notes and the basic goove down pat. The main area for improvement that I see is in the tension you are holding in your body. You're doing a good job with the music despite the tension.
Watching your video, your head doesn't move much at all and it's my guess that a lot of your tension is flowing from that relatively locked position. I would suggest that you practice moving your head and body around a bunch while you play. It might seem a little strange or silly but I think it might help relax your whole system. Check my video below to see what I mean. You don't have to play like this all the time, but I would make it a part of your regular routine so that you can start feeling what it's like to have more freedom of motion in your head and neck.
Hi Chris, I've finally memorized all of the lessons on this one. A couple of bad notes on this take, but let me know what you think when you have a moment, thank you. P.S. Congrats on the recent Grammy!
Yeah buddy! You're killing it! Awesome to hear you play this. My feedback is exactly the same as the feedback I just gave on the Under the Double Eagle video so I'm linking to it: http://www.sonicjunction.com/chris-eldridge/under-the-double-eagle-fundamentals-of-the-melody
There's a lot of tension in your system and you're playing really well despite that. But if you can unlock some of that tension the music will breathe and move on a brand new plateau. Watching this I especially noticed that you are carrying a lot of tension in your jaw. I do that a lot. It's something to be aware of. So, as per the advice on the Under the Double Eagle video, try moving your head, neck and even your core around a bunch.
Thanks Chris, I appreciate the listen and feedback! Will definitely try and work out some variations to keep it more inetersting.
Thank you Torgeir!
Beaufitul picking Torgeir!
I've been here a couple of months now, but this is my first video submit to you. Loving the content and the instruction here. I am learning versions of songs I never thought I'd learn (the Norman Blake related content is just fantsatic). Anyway, just making a couple passes of Banks of The Ohio here, the standard crosspicking version you have posted here. I feel like my right hand might be too rigid looking at the video, but I'm not necessarily feeling any tension. I wanted to get your take on it and what could be improved on. Thanks, and Happy New Year to you!
Your crosspicking sounds amazing!
Hi Jason, thanks for posting this note and video - it’s great to have you here!
To my ear, you’ve got this basic version of it totally down. It’s clean, there’s a fantastic flow and groove that you’re getting. You’re nailing it. And despite how it may look, whatever you’re doing with your right hand is working. So I would suggest learning some of the variations so that as you play through the tune multiple times you can unfold a bit more of a musical story.
In summary, 👏👏
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