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post Jan 8 2009, 11:31 PM
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Hi everyone!!!
I'm the kind of guitarist who's been playing for a long time and who has just started practising seriously only recently...
Now I'm working hard on correcting the mistakes i've been making for such a long time wink.gif

I'd like to know if, in exercise lessons, there is an ideal speed you're supposed to reach.
For instance, I'm now practising Danilo's lessons series ( HAND SYNCRONIZATION, RIGHT HAND BASICS, FINGERS INDEPENDANCE):

IS THE SPEED SHOWN IN THE VIDEO THE SPEED I SHOULD AIM FOR, OR SHOULD I PLAY IT FASTER?

Thanks in advance for your suggestions smile.gif

Ps. Grazie degli ottimi esercizi Danilo / Thanks for the excellent exercises you shared with us Danilo wink.gif


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post Jan 9 2009, 02:38 AM
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I think you should try and play it as controllled as possible and increase the speed when you feel you have mastered the speed you are playing on now......

As long as you can play it clean and controlled you can play it as fast as possible


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post Jan 9 2009, 10:49 AM
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Thanks superize, guess you're just right smile.gif


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post Jan 9 2009, 12:05 PM
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Supersize is correct.

I think...especially with the excersise lessons that the instructor is trying to show basic excersises to chew on.


Some people will get to the speed in the video and stop, others may want to push themselves to a faster speed.


If you feel you can do it faster, by all means go for it. Everyone has their own goals for what is acceptable speed wise for any technique.

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post Jan 9 2009, 12:18 PM
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That's just fine to me!! Thank you Daniel smile.gif


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post Jan 9 2009, 12:20 PM
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Hmm keep in mind that the speed in which instructor plays it in the video is just for demonstration purpose! Goal of the lesson is to show some important exercises and how to play them..It wouldn't be appropriate to play it too fast in the demonstration video because you and others couldn't hear/see how it should be executed..

You should set yourself goals (and ask the instructor in the feedback what should be guidelines regarding bpm)..You need to play CLEAN and than fast..

So start with a tempo of 60bpm and go up to 120 for example..If you can play it without mistakes and CLEAN (and controlled) you can go faster...its recommended to do that..Just make sure you are playing clean...Going fast withouth control is a bad thing..

So all in all , exercise lessons show you the exercises and its up to you to write down your goals and practice playing clean and fast.

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Thank you so much Bodgan, I thought so too, glad to know I was right smile.gif

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post Jan 9 2009, 01:33 PM
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Just to add that precision is more important than speed. In that sense you should go up to speeds that allow you to play everything clean and precise. After that if you wanna go further it's important to go gradually so you don't lose precision. The amount of time you spend on some exercise following this advice = the speed of the exercise.


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post Jan 9 2009, 02:00 PM
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Yeah I'll keep that in mind for sure, Thanks!! smile.gif


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post Jan 9 2009, 02:41 PM
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Paul Gilbert says that you must be able to play something at twice it's speed to be confortable. And if you see John Petrucci's clinic he says that he always pushes the speed a few points up of the maximum speed to achive the same that Gilbert mention.
So, it's good to practice something beyond the speed that is ment to be played in order to get it more clear. But, be sure that you always play it spotless because if not that trick doesn't work and only adds more dirt on the technique.


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post Jan 10 2009, 02:31 AM
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Yeah,sometimes even pushing a bit above your limits could be a good thing.
Just don't do it too often and try not to injure yourself. smile.gif


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post Jan 10 2009, 02:33 AM
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First make sure that you can play things in your tempo zone - which could be quarter notes at 60 bpm for example. After that keep pushing tempo by 8 bpm , and pretty soon you will be able to play in the higher tempo registers wink.gif


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post Jan 15 2009, 07:13 PM
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Thanks everyone for your suggestions!! I really appreciated them smile.gif


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post Jan 15 2009, 11:18 PM
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You welcome - on my end smile.gif


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post Jan 16 2009, 11:14 PM
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Yeah, Petrucci pointed that out, though I think that's very progressive technique.
You mustn't do it too long, you could injure your hand, do it at the end of practice session when you are warmed up. 5-10 minutes would be fine, every day, or every second day.


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