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Sep 2, 2021 - 8:00:32 AM
551 posts since 8/14/2015

It’s been a mighty struggle to learn Down Up Down Up picking, but I’m finally showing some improvement. I taught myself a long time ago to pick any old way I pleased. Now I’m paying for my — mistake? I can’t say I can see/hear much difference, but I enjoy doing it correctly.

I won’t say too much about Jigs, though I do play them correctly some of the time. I don’t see any big difference in my old way and DUD DUD either.

I should say, I guess, that I wear hearing aids, though I usually take them out when I play.

Sep 2, 2021 - 9:20:49 AM
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912 posts since 2/19/2012

The longer I play jigs, the less difference it seems to make. So much depends on the surrounding notes. Plus I'm trying to learn to emphasize beats 3 and 6 to get a little more lift in my playing.

Sep 2, 2021 - 10:54:12 AM

30 posts since 12/2/2020

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Originally posted by Parker135

The longer I play jigs, the less difference it seems to make. So much depends on the surrounding notes. Plus I'm trying to learn to emphasize beats 3 and 6 to get a little more lift in my playing.


yeah this is the way

be more economic with your picking when actually playing so you have better emphasis and sound. but i would practice scales in a strict sort of tremolo down up picking motion just to have the ability and like motor function to do so, it will increase your speed the most by practicing even if being more economic is faster when playing in the long run the benefit is greater down up

Sep 2, 2021 - 12:16:01 PM

198 posts since 4/5/2016

Your old way of picking jigs was DUD DUD? New way is DUDUDU?

Sep 2, 2021 - 3:10:44 PM

551 posts since 8/14/2015

No. New way is DUDDUD. Old way was any way I wanted.

Sep 2, 2021 - 4:16:17 PM

DSmoke

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1082 posts since 11/30/2015

This method of picking DUDU or DUD DUD is/has become the preferred method by many teachers to get their students started off on the right foot. If you follow that picking for Irish it will also help with muscle memory as each time you get to the same parts of the tune you will be picking it the same. If you don't follow it one time you will pick a phrase DUD DUD, later in the tune is will be UDU UDU. I hope that makes sense. To expand on that, lets take the kesh jig the first bar is GFG GAB. You start the tune with a DOWN stroke. If you end the A part for the repeat or B part coming back into the A with a down stroke you will be starting on an UP stroke and set yourself up for now picking the entire tune opposite to how you just picked it.

If you watch many of the top players they might not necessarily follow this rule. But when you get to that level you have discovered what works for you. Personally, I like a downstroke on the downbeat.

Sep 2, 2021 - 9:20:51 PM

551 posts since 8/14/2015

I kinda like picking DU DU etc. too. However, I’ve taken a lot of time and effort to get to where I can do it, but I still don’t see any difference in sound.

I do seem to be playing faster, and that’s a good thing.

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