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post Nov 13 2008, 03:02 PM
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Hello All!

We all are here to learn to be better players. Each time we watch a video or read about playing we have the opportunity to improve greatly. Sometimes we do, sometimes we don’t. Certain lessons/articles seem to help us while others don’t. It is always our job to get the most out of everything we learn.

The biggest thing to over come as a guitarist is to dig long enough till you find a procedure that works for you. A way that we understand. It is not another secret tip but just a way that drives it home for each of us.

I feel most of us, especially me tend to get lost in a piece of music that we can play well, but nowhere near our goals. We do not take the time to find precisely what the problems are and fix them. Over the last 4 days I have seen my best improvement yet. I'm not really sure if it was just time for the hours of practice to kick in or just a new way of thinking. But it is likely the latter.

Many of you may have read this before but you may just need to read it again. I have spent some time on Google trying to find any tips that work for me and this is the best one for me in understanding where I am going and how I plan to get there. It was the one that drove it in my thick skull.

http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/columns/gen..._for_speed.html

These where to Google terms I was using when I found the article,

“Play fast” guitar “worked for me”


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post Nov 13 2008, 03:36 PM
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An excellent read, this is true, I never actually thought about it when developing speed, but I believe somehow I had this approach, I practiced a lick slowly and was eventually able to play it faster because now the movements were in the muscle memory, still now when I practice new stuff I find it hard to do certain things because they are new, and my muscles are not used to that movement, and I know that I have to get practice that movement over and over until it becomes natural.

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post Nov 13 2008, 03:47 PM
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That is priceless advice, great read and very inspiring I think.
Thanks for sharing this!


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Hello All!

We all are here to learn to be better players. Each time we watch a video or read about playing we have the opportunity to improve greatly. Sometimes we do, sometimes we don’t. Certain lessons/articles seem to help us while others don’t. It is always our job to get the most out of everything we learn.

The biggest thing to over come as a guitarist is to dig long enough till you find a procedure that works for you. A way that we understand. It is not another secret tip but just a way that drives it home for each of us.

I feel most of us, especially me tend to get lost in a piece of music that we can play well, but nowhere near our goals. We do not take the time to find precisely what the problems are and fix them. Over the last 4 days I have seen my best improvement yet. I'm not really sure if it was just time for the hours of practice to kick in or just a new way of thinking. But it is likely the latter.

Many of you may have read this before but you may just need to read it again. I have spent some time on Google trying to find any tips that work for me and this is the best one for me in understanding where I am going and how I plan to get there. It was the one that drove it in my thick skull.

http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/columns/gen..._for_speed.html

These where to Google terms I was using when I found the article,

“Play fast” guitar “worked for me”



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post Nov 13 2008, 04:16 PM
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Thanks for sharing this. I totally agree with this 'lesson', and I am actually already seeing some results from it since I started a month ago with much more 'focussed' practice instead of speed-driven practice.


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Great article, thankls for sharing!



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post Nov 13 2008, 04:45 PM
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Beautifully written article.
Absolutely trough.

Focus is the key with everything and muscle memory builds over time and frequent practice.


Thank you for sharing this with everybody !


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post Nov 13 2008, 05:01 PM
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This is the exact same approach I use, I do however not have the time to do it whole heartedly atm, but as soon as school's out...

I divide "Speed" into two categories.

1) Accuracy. Most of us have the speed naturally, we do however lack technique. Accuracy is gained by practising so slowly that you can do every motion perfectly, then speeding up little by little so that you can keep it. This is the lower border of your playing.

2) Strenght & Stamina. This is your physical border, the maximum capacity, that you'll never be able to CROSS. You can however by training move that border further ahead.

Now, the difference between Paul Gilbert and me is partly the 2nd category but mostly the first. The thing is that you always play within these borders. You can never play worse than your worst and never better than your best, right? So the most important thing imo is to raise the first category so that your worst = your best. If you then practise your strenght and stamina you'll practise your accuracy as well meaning that you'll save a tremendous amount of time.

EX. you can play a lick flawlessly at 120 bpm. You set the metronome at 150 bpm and practise to gain muscular strengh. You then have to set the metronome at LESS than 120 because you lose precision and then practise it untill you can play at flawlessly at 150.

EX2. You can play it flawlessly at 120 bpm, instead of moving ahead and practise muscular strengh you practise with a metronome untill you can play it flawlessly at 150 bpm. Now you keep that level for like 2 minutes, then rest, 5 minutes. 2 minutes (just looping the lick), then resting like 5 minutes. 2 minutes, rest five mins. Now, forget that lick and do something else.

You're now playing it as fast as your muscles allow you to, but instead of just improving in strenght your also carrying the accuracy with you.


IMO opinion having a max capacity at 150 bpm and being able to play every lick at that speed with control > having a max capacity at 160 bpm but only being able to play the lick at 140 bpm.

You're a slower guitarist in the first scenario but in the second one, you can't use your speed... what's the point of that`


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post Nov 13 2008, 05:47 PM
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Hey , thanks for sharing this inspiring article with everyone!! smile.gif


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Nice article, for further bibiliography, check out if you can grab it Scot Tenant Pumping Nylon, and William Kanengiser Efortlesly classical guitar, another more basic but important book would be James Andreas Principles for the practice of the guitar. (however thar guy don´t play so well but what he writes makes sence, keep in mind that we are looking that are good at teaching and not on excelency on playing.)


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post Nov 15 2008, 05:31 PM
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Thanks for the link. I printed out the article and two others about sweep picking and using the metronome. smile.gif
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