Technique Critique

If you’re looking for feedback on your playing technique, the good news is that we’re excited to give it to you! We do this in the Technique Critique section of our forum, where Cracking the Code members can post clips of their playing for feedback from the community. If you haven’t visited our forum yet, here’s our quick start guide on its most important features:

Forum

 

Key Concepts

The Technique Critique process works best after you’ve spent time watching the introductory videos in this guide, and after you have completed the listed goals. This can really help you understand the movements you’re already making. And putting practice time into developing the basic motions gives us something concrete to comment on.

Please be as specific as possible. If you just ask us to “analyze” your playing, it’s hard to know what kind of feedback you want. Instead, show us a short video of something you are already working on, and include specific questions about the help you need. The introductory material supplies the basic terminology you need to ask really clear questions using language everyone will understand.

Linking your forum post to a short video of your playing is really the only way to know what is going on. Here’s our quick start guide for filming video:

Filming Your Playing

 

Once you’ve got your camera ready to go, here are some important guidelines to follow:

  • Try to keep Technique Critique videos short, but not super-eyeblink short – 15-30 seconds is a good ballpark
  • If you have slow-motion capability on your camera or phone, please include regular speed and slow motion, not just one or the other
  • Try to film from a “down the strings” angle, so the pick/string contact is visible
  • Use plenty of light, with no shadows so we can see what’s going on
  • Don’t include narration, as this just makes it harder to locate the playing example
  • Include comments and questions in the forum post itself, because this makes it much easier to quote what you have written and to respond to it, item by item

Goals

  • Watch the introductory material
  • Put in enough practice time to develop a clear sense of the feedback you need
  • Film a short clip using the tips above and upload it to a video sharing site
  • Compose a post with your questions and including a link to the video