My 2 year old daughter and I got in the habit of listening to acoustic music while she “helps“ make breakfast on weekend mornings. We listen to the Avalon album a lot and this has always been one of the standout songs for us. She’s always talking about stuff blowing away (because she’s always dropping stuff and we live in tornado central) so we both relate to the emotion you put into the song.
Beautiful. Great singing and playing!
I just started working on soldiers joy over the past week and learned a lot. I trained myself to alternate pick as often as possible because for some reason I thought it would be more efficient! I’m trying to unlearn that and actually pay attention to the 16th notes if I can. Up until now I’ve handled rhythm 100% by feel without counting. Thanks for the feedback!
Anyone have any tips for improving my cross pick accuracy? I’ve got this solo down pretty well, but when I speed it up I always run into problems with the notes played after the G bass note at the end of the first measure and going into the second. I either miss a note, screw up the order or hit it harder than I’d like to.
I hope you enjoy the dramatic walk in!
I’m new to bluegrass style flatpicking and am wondering if you have any tips to improve my fluidity in lead runs. I’m just getting started with your lessons and I’m really enjoying the, so far!
Hi Joe, I like the walk-in!
First of all, you sound great. You have a really lovely singing voice and you're obviously a fine musician. The main thing I think you should work on is the development of your right hand mechanism so that your pick *direction* is tied to the beat that your playing. You did a good job of rendering the music here, including the solo. So for this song your technique isn't getting in the way much, but as you start to play harder, more notey material I think you might encounter more hiccups.
Check out the lessons on Soldier's Joy, particularly the first one in the series. They address the topic of pick stroke theory. I think that when you can establish a super solid physical mechanism and integrate it into your musicianship the results will be really strong.
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