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Vaidya
post Nov 6 2010, 06:54 AM
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Hi guys,
I've been having some coordination and speed problems.I noticed that I raise my fingers very high before i use them for fretting,thereby causing a great amount of delay.What can I do to fix this problem?


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Marek Rojewski
post Nov 6 2010, 08:33 AM
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It's very easy. Slow down until You are aware of every move (for example 60bpm whole notes), take a simple exercise such as 1-2-3-4-5-4-3-2-1-2-3-4-5-6-and so on on every string, and care for the fingers to rise as little as You can. You should find a difference even in a few days time.


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post Nov 6 2010, 09:27 AM
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What i did was i concentrated really hard on keeping my fingers down when playing slow. I really had to force the fingers to stay down


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post Nov 6 2010, 12:26 PM
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Yeah, its just about slowing down to the point where you have full control of your fingers, and taking it from there. smile.gif
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post Nov 6 2010, 12:51 PM
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Yes you have to slow down and concentrate on your finger movements.Focus well and don't make unneccessary movements.
After practicing few days your brain will get used to your new habbit.


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post Nov 9 2010, 07:19 PM
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This is not that big of a problem. My fingers are constantly jumping high on the fretboard, and I poke the correct place when I need it. You can watch great playes, like Gary Moore for example, his fingers are flying all over the place, yet his control over the tone and speed are among the best.

The real problem is in practice. Slow everything down until it's super slow. Then work note by note, sound by sound. Try to minimize the micropauses between the notes, and try to make every note sound the same as the note after. Then speed up VERY gradually, over the course of several days. After you finish with that exercise, you leave yourself some time to settle the muscle memory in, and in a month you will run up and down like crazy smile.gif


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post Nov 9 2010, 08:41 PM
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QUOTE (Ivan Milenkovic @ Nov 9 2010, 01:19 PM) *
This is not that big of a problem. My fingers are constantly jumping high on the fretboard, and I poke the correct place when I need it. You can watch great playes, like Gary Moore for example, his fingers are flying all over the place, yet his control over the tone and speed are among the best.

The real problem is in practice. Slow everything down until it's super slow. Then work note by note, sound by sound. Try to minimize the micropauses between the notes, and try to make every note sound the same as the note after. Then speed up VERY gradually, over the course of several days. After you finish with that exercise, you leave yourself some time to settle the muscle memory in, and in a month you will run up and down like crazy smile.gif


Excellent advice smile.gif I think playing super slow to a metronome is what makes some people give up guitar. But what separates the strong from the weak is the ability to go through stages like that.


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QUOTE (Mudbone @ Nov 9 2010, 08:41 PM) *
Excellent advice smile.gif I think playing super slow to a metronome is what makes some people give up guitar. But what separates the strong from the weak is the ability to go through stages like that.


Yeah, you're right mate. Playing so slow is what people usually skip, because it sure can be torture and requires great will and mental discipline. But if you go through this, it sure does pays out.


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