Lesson #2

" If I'm writing music, that usually takes a lot of time. I may write music at any time but most of my
practice I do on the road. Of course, there are many different aspects of practicing. One is linear
technique, for now anyway since I have this fingerboard, and I have a different kind of practice that is
the horizontal sense. "
"I have another technique that I'm working on which is a development of the crosspicking thing
that I started a few years ago. It's very tricky because I'm working in odd groupings, mathematical
groupings. This is a development of an Indian concept, but it's universal as regards the rhythm of an
eight-beat cycle. I'll work in groups of, say, two fives and two threes, or three threes and two fives or
even three fives and tum it inside out in all different ways. And this is something I'm working on right
now that is very difficult. It's purely a right hand technique, it's very interesting. "
"l'll work it on the top three strings, then the middle three, then try one on four strings-it's a bitch. "
"In a sense it's related to the rhythmical theory that I studied in India-the theory behind it is singing,
of course. When you study rhythm you have to be able to sing it. I can't do it but I understand the
mathematics behind it and so I'm applying it in a sense to my right hand technique. "