1. Which Badass course should I start with?
If you’ve grabbed yourself a copy of the Mega Badass Bundle then you may be overwhelmed and unsure where to start.
I recommend starting with Badass Alternate Picking. Once you’ve familiarised yourself with the material and are practising the advice and licks, start applying it to Badass Hand Sync. This is a good way to develop your picking hand.
In the meantime, your fretting hand will need to be capable of keeping up with your picking hand so Legato Gym is the obvious choice here. My FREE course The Warm Up also has two mega simple exercises that work both hands so make sure you possess that if you don’t already!
Now you’re taking care of both hands and getting some fundamental strength and stamina where it counts.
2. How should I practise the material in your courses?
The same way you would with anything you practise. Some people prefer strict practice schedules with a certain time allotted to every exercise. Some people work better by focusing on less things but for a longer amount of time ie. go with the flow and play until they’ve had enough.
If you’re focusing on developing a particular technique it can often be better to just immerse yourself in it and give yourself time to experiment until you feel the technical concepts taking shape, rather than to try and squeeze everything in. This is the way I’ve always made the real leaps in my guitar playing.
There’s no right or wrong way here. Look back at your guitar playing history and try and identify what has always worked best for you and keep it along those lines.
3. Do you provide a structured learning programme?
No. I specialise in detailed instruction to help people develop specific techniques and correct any bad habits that prevent them from realising these techniques.
This is something that benefits people who already have some history of guitar playing but are stuck on certain obstacles that they cannot move past on their own.
Think of it as complementary instruction that deals with the physical mechanics of guitar playing, something which is an addition to the rest of your guitar practice.
4. What format are the videos?
The videos are MP4 format which will play on most devices, although some Apple devices can be a pain in the butt and may need an app to allow MP4s.
5.How do I download them?
After purchase you’ll get redirected to a page with the download links. You will also get an email sent to the email you made the purchase with (if your PayPal email is different to your regular email you’ll have to check that).
This means you get a choice: If you don’t want to download the links there and then, you can access the email later and download them at your leisure.
I recommend downloading only one or a couple at a time rather than all at the same time, as it can cause downloads to fail. Although you get a download limit of 6 tries, you can contact me if any of your links fail and I will send you a new link.
There will never be a time when you can’t get your files so just contact me and it will always get sorted out.
6. Do I get lifetime access?
Download them onto your computer and KEEP them. They’re YOURS. They are not accessed via my website. They are designed to be downloaded and kept as you would keep any product.
7. I can tremolo pick on one string but how do I apply it to string crossing?
You need to develop and then drill the mechanics needed to cross strings – these mechanics are taught in Badass Alternate Picking and Badass Inside Picking. A useful tip to apply to string crossing is to maintain the same angle on all strings, which I demonstrate in this VIDEO
8. I use too much energy when I pick – how can I correct this?
Firstly, check that you’re not holding the pick too hard with a rigid out-stretched thumb. This can force you to have to ‘muscle’ the pick through the string due to the angle. Here is a VIDEO I made about this subject.
Next, look to see if you’re moving your entire arm as one. Some forearm and even elbow activation is common during high speed picking but this is usually allied to some wrist movement and rotation. However, if your arm is moving up and down like a rigid iron bar with no wrist or forearm rotation at all then you’re using your entire forearm as a lever, which will tire you out in no time.
9. I just can’t sweep pick at all – what am I doing wrong?
The chances are that you’re separating each individual pick stroke – even if you think you’re not. This is especially common when you try to practise sweep picking at slow tempos. Watch this VIDEO here to fix this problem once and for all!
If you’ve got that sorted – then it’s just time to learn the right mechanics for the rest of the job – Badass Sweep Picking is designed to take care of that.
10. I can’t use my pinky – it’s too weak.
You can. The problem is that you haven’t been using your pinky all these years so it’s no surprise that it’s weaker than the rest. Download The Warm Up for FREE and get started on the fretting hand drill. When you’ve got some progress happening, then you’re ready for Legato Gym.