three strikes

As an English guy, I’m one of the few people I know who loves baseball (apart from many of my friends in the U.S.)


I remember watching my first game on T.V. in ’97 between the Atlanta Braves and Cleveland Guardians.

It was a great game with a tonne of runs scored.

Anyway, in baseball, you have the “three strikes and you’re out” rule.


When it comes to accurate picking on the guitar, I like to use the same three strikes rule.

You see, a lot of guitarists get really annoyed when they are playing a picking pattern, or riff, or solo, and they hit the wrong strings!

It can be insanely frustrating, and we’ve all been there.


So, what I like to do is to make a game of it.

…And I get students to play a picking pattern (using their fingers or a pick) and play it over and over for a period of time.

This can be 20 attempts at the whole pattern or by setting a timer for 2 minutes.

It’s good to focus purely on the picking hand here and not to worry about chord changes.


Each mistake equals a strike and, of course, three strikes means you’re out (although you can just start again).

It’s funny how making a game of it, with clear targets of what to do and what mistakes to avoid, concentrates the mind and gives clarity to any exercise!

Try it, make a target (using a set time or a set number of attempts) and with a little practice, you’ll be hitting home runs with the bases loaded like your name is Chipper Jones (my favourite baseball player).

I hope you found that useful…


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Dan Thorpe

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