For Blues a la Chord, I was getting a lot of pick noise through the pickups - instead of chords I was mostly hearing the thwap thwap thwap of the pick lol. So I moved my strumming way up to the neck, and discovered I could just slide the pick back and forth across the fretboard. With a thin pick the strings don't really interfere with its movement.
Anyhow that's my little cheat technique for the day lol.
When I was working on Blues a la chord previously I found myself doing the same and it was also easier to strum, probably because you are strumming nearer to where the chord is fretted so the strings are more taught and less likely to catch the pick.
where did you find those backing tracks you play with?? as far as I know the BYCU series of books do not supply the backing tracks, right?
I'm not Mick, but I'll jump in and answer your question. As you know BYCU doesn't come with backing tracks. They used to be available on the main website page for $10.00, but I can't find them since the site was updated. However, I was able to track them down. (pun intended )
Jazzin' the Blues comes with backing tracks included. More Blues You Can Use comes with tracks minus the lead. Jack1982 from this forum made bass and drum tracks for MBYCU so you can play rhythm and lead over them. They are available for free download at my blog website: thestrugglinguitarist.com/
Well, I've been hanging around this forum for about a month now and have got back into studying John's blues books which I let go for quite a while. and have even managed to record a couple of videos. There is a lot of content in the BYCU series to consume so I am now back on board for a second bite!!
This log is just a way to keep my postings in one place - (similar to tbone's).
I will add links to my YT vids below. Mick, I just realized ou were working on the JtB lessons, and man, did you do a nice job on the lessons ou were working on! I could really connect to the sound and feel of your renditions of those tunes. You should definitely continue to work on this particular BYCU curriculum, you seem to have a great feel for the style!!!Bring it on!Greetings,T.