Woo Hoo!!! If you are one of my students, you should know the name Troy Grady by now! (“TroyGradyTroyGradyTroyGrady!“). Well I am super excited to let you know that Troy finally has his “Magnet” back on Kickstarter! The Magnet is Troy’s brilliant device designed to hold your cell phone just above your guitar’s strings to allow you to closely video your picking hand to determine good and bad techniques. Troy has built an empire around this device by bringing in the world’s best pickers to capture their technique for the world to see and analyze. Sounds pretty exciting, doesn’t it?
Well, I think it is. I have been playing and studying guitar for about 40 years now. In all that time, the vast majority of exercises and techniques have focused on the left hand (of a right handed guitarist). Almost NO ONE has focused on the intricate techniques of the right hand employed by master guitarists. Troy Grady was the first guy in my reckoning that has dedicated his life and study to right hand technique. Thank you Troy!
A quick search of YouTube will bring up some of the most informative, entertaining guitar technique videos the world has to offer. Just type in Troy Grady! I suggest typing in “Cracking the Code Episode 1” to get started. But Troy has many one offs that I have found infinitely useful and informative like “4 Fundamental Movements“, “Bulletproof USX wrist motion” as well as in-depth looks at the traditional Guitar Pick, the 351, and the Jazz III.
So I am super excited to get my hands on some magnets for both me and my students to use! If you are a guitar player and have a cell phone, $49 is a small price to pay to be able to see and understand something you otherwise might never have known. I wish this opportunity was available 40 years ago when I started playing guitar. Again, thank you Troy Grady! And thank you Scuzzy, for turning me onto Troy those couple few years ago. “Have you watched Troy Grady yet?” “Have you watched Troy Grady yet?” “Have you watched Troy Grady yet?”…