Reply to this topicStart new topic
> 110 To 130 In 1 Month, Practice makes progress
SirJamsalot
post Mar 31 2012, 08:25 AM
Post #1


Learning Rock Star
*

Group: Members
Posts: 1.226
Joined: 4-May 10
From: Bay Area, California
Member No.: 10.312



Well, about a month ago, I started working on a simple pedal step to see whether I could really increase my speed. At the time, 110 bpm for this lick was my ceiling, and I was convinced that I just didn't have any more head-room in terms of finger reflex speed to bump it up. But I kept on keepin on, just to see if reflex training at my age really gives results or not. Surprisingly, Last week I had reached 130 bpm. those 10 bpm increases are amazingly big jumps! I mean in terms of difficulty. I increased the bpm about 2 every day and went for sustaining speed as opposed to bursts, mostly because I wouldn't feel that I could actually go that fast unless i could sustain it. Here I am a month later and sitting at 135 bpm. It's somewhat rough - but I just reached it. 130 I can sit on it comfortably - in fact I don't even need to start at anything less than 130.

So just letting you know, that practice does in fact yield results, no matter how big the hurdle you think sits in front of you.




--------------------
The more I practice, the more I wish I had time to practice!
My Band Forum: http://passionfly.site/chat

Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
Ben Higgins
post Mar 31 2012, 09:51 AM
Post #2


Instructor
Group Icon

Group: GMC Instructor
Posts: 13.788
Joined: 11-March 10
From: England
Member No.: 9.820



Excellent results Jams... 135 is a totally respectable shredding speed ! Pretty sure that picking speed translates as 202.5bpm for 16th notes... you broke the 200bpm barrier ! biggrin.gif


--------------------
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
bleez
post Mar 31 2012, 01:18 PM
Post #3


Experienced Tone Seeker
*

Group: Members
Posts: 3.054
Joined: 4-November 11
From: Scotland
Member No.: 14.292



nice biggrin.gif
just out of curiosity how long were you able to spend each night on that particular lick?

btw, just had a surf through your blog, some really cool articles you have there smile.gif


--------------------


You say 'minor pentatonic ' like it's a bad thing
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
SirJamsalot
post Mar 31 2012, 07:10 PM
Post #4


Learning Rock Star
*

Group: Members
Posts: 1.226
Joined: 4-May 10
From: Bay Area, California
Member No.: 10.312



QUOTE (bleez @ Mar 31 2012, 05:18 AM) *
nice biggrin.gif
just out of curiosity how long were you able to spend each night on that particular lick?

btw, just had a surf through your blog, some really cool articles you have there smile.gif


I tend to practice about 3=4 hours a night and I have a rotation of licks that I cycle through. So I'll sit on a lick for about 15 minutes, then move onto another one, then back to it again, then onto another. So probably about an hour's worth give or take on just that one.

thanks. Haven't written a thing in a while. Got uber busy with practice and stuff.


--------------------
The more I practice, the more I wish I had time to practice!
My Band Forum: http://passionfly.site/chat

Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
SirJamsalot
post Mar 31 2012, 07:47 PM
Post #5


Learning Rock Star
*

Group: Members
Posts: 1.226
Joined: 4-May 10
From: Bay Area, California
Member No.: 10.312



QUOTE (Ben Higgins @ Mar 31 2012, 01:51 AM) *
Excellent results Jams... 135 is a totally respectable shredding speed ! Pretty sure that picking speed translates as 202.5bpm for 16th notes... you broke the 200bpm barrier ! biggrin.gif


woohoo! haha - I need to get a calculator - this math stuff is too complicated.


--------------------
The more I practice, the more I wish I had time to practice!
My Band Forum: http://passionfly.site/chat

Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
rocko
post Mar 31 2012, 07:52 PM
Post #6


Learning Apprentice Player
*

Group: Members
Posts: 34
Joined: 4-February 11
Member No.: 12.164



Well, great post! Thanks for sharing your experiences. I read it with a smile on my face smile.gif

I'm trying to improve my technique skills too, and, your post really was some kind of motivation for me.

Keep it up!

Regards
Andreas
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
Todd Simpson
post Mar 31 2012, 08:41 PM
Post #7


GMC:er
Group Icon

Group: GMC Instructor
Posts: 14.755
Joined: 23-December 09
From: Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Member No.: 8.794



Congrats man! smile.gif Well done! Keep kranking! BTW what is the pattern you are playing there? Are you changing strings? It's quite brisk and I can't make out the notes?


QUOTE (SirJamsalot @ Mar 31 2012, 03:25 AM) *
Well, about a month ago, I started working on a simple pedal step to see whether I could really increase my speed. At the time, 110 bpm for this lick was my ceiling, and I was convinced that I just didn't have any more head-room in terms of finger reflex speed to bump it up. But I kept on keepin on, just to see if reflex training at my age really gives results or not. Surprisingly, Last week I had reached 130 bpm. those 10 bpm increases are amazingly big jumps! I mean in terms of difficulty. I increased the bpm about 2 every day and went for sustaining speed as opposed to bursts, mostly because I wouldn't feel that I could actually go that fast unless i could sustain it. Here I am a month later and sitting at 135 bpm. It's somewhat rough - but I just reached it. 130 I can sit on it comfortably - in fact I don't even need to start at anything less than 130.

So just letting you know, that practice does in fact yield results, no matter how big the hurdle you think sits in front of you.




This post has been edited by Todd Simpson: Mar 31 2012, 08:45 PM


--------------------
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
SirJamsalot
post Apr 1 2012, 03:59 AM
Post #8


Learning Rock Star
*

Group: Members
Posts: 1.226
Joined: 4-May 10
From: Bay Area, California
Member No.: 10.312



QUOTE (Todd Simpson @ Mar 31 2012, 12:41 PM) *
Congrats man! smile.gif Well done! Keep kranking! BTW what is the pattern you are playing there? Are you changing strings? It's quite brisk and I can't make out the notes?


In standard tuning, the lick is
G - E - F# - G - F# - E

In my first attempt at this lick, I was actually taking the pattern across strings, adjusting to keep it in key:


I realized that when I kept the pattern in place on one string, it was actually harder to keep up. I'm not certain, but when I was chatting with Ben on one of his video chats, we seemed to draw the same conclusion that there is a reset time that gives the audible appearance that you're keeping up because the emphasis is the beginning of the 6-note pattern, only on another string, which draws your attention away from the fact that beats 4-5-6 of the pattern are actually out of time - falling behind, but you don't notice it as keenly because of the transition to a new string. Doing the lick on a single string doesn't have the audible "reset" zone so falling behind is a LOT more obvious, making it a lot more difficult (at least at 110 bpm at the time). Now switching strings at 135 is more difficult! But there does seem to be something about the "reset theory", to coin a term.

Chris!


--------------------
The more I practice, the more I wish I had time to practice!
My Band Forum: http://passionfly.site/chat

Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
Blister
post Apr 1 2012, 04:21 AM
Post #9


Learning Apprentice Player
*

Group: Members
Posts: 772
Joined: 31-January 11
From: Florida
Member No.: 12.141



I love posts like this! Very inspiring! biggrin.gif


--------------------
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
SirJamsalot
post Apr 1 2012, 07:22 AM
Post #10


Learning Rock Star
*

Group: Members
Posts: 1.226
Joined: 4-May 10
From: Bay Area, California
Member No.: 10.312



QUOTE (rocko @ Mar 31 2012, 11:52 AM) *
Well, great post! Thanks for sharing your experiences. I read it with a smile on my face smile.gif

I'm trying to improve my technique skills too, and, your post really was some kind of motivation for me.

Keep it up!

Regards
Andreas


Kewl Rocko ~ I always get inspired by seeing other's progress too. There's so much to learn and never enough to learn it all, so picking what you want to achieve is half the battle smile.gif I've decided that picking licks out of solos that I like is how I'll develop the sound that I like and think about ~ the second half of that battle is implementing them in something you create!


--------------------
The more I practice, the more I wish I had time to practice!
My Band Forum: http://passionfly.site/chat

Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
Ben Higgins
post Apr 1 2012, 08:59 AM
Post #11


Instructor
Group Icon

Group: GMC Instructor
Posts: 13.788
Joined: 11-March 10
From: England
Member No.: 9.820



QUOTE (SirJamsalot @ Apr 1 2012, 02:59 AM) *
I realized that when I kept the pattern in place on one string, it was actually harder to keep up. I'm not certain, but when I was chatting with Ben on one of his video chats, we seemed to draw the same conclusion that there is a reset time that gives the audible appearance that you're keeping up because the emphasis is the beginning of the 6-note pattern, only on another string, which draws your attention away from the fact that beats 4-5-6 of the pattern are actually out of time - falling behind, but you don't notice it as keenly because of the transition to a new string. Doing the lick on a single string doesn't have the audible "reset" zone so falling behind is a LOT more obvious, making it a lot more difficult (at least at 110 bpm at the time). Now switching strings at 135 is more difficult! But there does seem to be something about the "reset theory", to coin a term.

Chris!


Yes, that's a very good way of putting it. It's not easy to explain in words but you've done a great job. It's like you can put in an extra movement of intesnity on the first note on a new string which kind of keeps you in the groove somewhat but on one string you can't hide from it !



--------------------
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
JaxN4
post Apr 1 2012, 11:17 AM
Post #12


Learning Roadie
*

Group: Members
Posts: 863
Joined: 24-June 11
From: Melbourne
Member No.: 13.200



well done mate


--------------------
Washburn N4 Wenge
Washburn N5 AT-100

Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post

Fast ReplyReply to this topicStart new topic
1 User(s) are reading this topic (1 Guests and 0 Anonymous Users)
0 Members:

 


RSS Lo-Fi Version Time is now: 25th July 2017 - 05:45 AM