"Hi Larry Conger with a Habit for Your Healthy Music Habitat.
I want to talk about assessing your shortcomings.
Now Clint Eastwood said it best in the old "Dirty Harry" movies:
"A man's got to know his limitations."
Well, that's true to some degree. However, we can assess those trouble spots and make ourselves a better player by doing so.
Here's what I want you to do:
First, I want you to identify the troublespot.
Then, it's not enough to know where it is.
I want you to do two things in addition to that:
1. First, I want you to ask yourself WHY is this a trouble spot?
Is it my fingering?
Is it my picking?
Is it the rhythm?
Is it just a difficult chord to build?
Then, once you decide WHY a particular spot is a trouble spot, then you need to ask yourself:
"WHAT can I do to fix it?"
Do I need to change my fingering?
Do I need to change the direction of my pick?
Do I need to play it slowly, over and over?
There are a lot of things that you can do to fix those trouble spots, but first you have to identify them, then ask yourself, "WHY are they a trouble spots?" and then "WHAT can I do to fix them?"