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post Mar 6 2018, 10:49 PM
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post Mar 8 2018, 01:24 PM
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Cool post PB! I watched that a couple of days ago and thought it was quite an interesting and slightly different concept to what is normally taught!!
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post Mar 8 2018, 01:43 PM
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It's similar to Ben's approach of bursts of speed.

It is true though, the mechanics for playing fast are different than playing slowly


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post Mar 8 2018, 03:17 PM
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100 % Agree with everything said in that video-


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QUOTE (PosterBoy @ Mar 8 2018, 12:43 PM) *
the mechanics for playing fast are different than playing slowly

That's what I've "always" said as well, but no one is listening to me. tongue.gif

And it's a very good comparison he makes first thing in the video, walking vs running.

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Very interesting, I'd like to hear what Todd thinks about this as he is an advocate of speed being a byproduct of accuracy.

Come on Todd, have your say please.


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post Mar 10 2018, 05:20 PM
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Practising slowly is more about training your fingers where they are meant to go to play a passage or tune.

Here's Andy Woods take on it


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post Mar 11 2018, 06:31 PM
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Every player has to find their own path in the final analysis. Instructors really just share what has worked for us as players. you can get very different info from various instructors. I don't disagree with anything he's on about. Playing in bursts is a good way to sort of skip ahead of where your actual ability is. Sort of leap frogging in to "Sounding fast" without actually "being fast" which is fine and can add flavor/texture to a solo by adding bits of speed contrasted with bits of slow.

Personally, I can play in bursts, or I can play at blistering speed for as long as I like. I did do things like this guy is talking about when I was still learning and not quite as precise a player. It gave me motivation to continue on to being able to play with precision regardless of tempo and duration. That ability separates burst players from those that are not burst players. Sadly the only way I know of to get to the top of that mountain is years of steady practice. I wish there was an easier way. As far as I know, there isn't.

So not saying this type of thing is bad, in fact I encourage it. It lets you feel bits of what you will eventually be able to to. Eventually you wont' even think of speed at all, it just becomes another texture that you can apply as much or as little as you want. You will get to the point where your creativity is no longer limited by your technical ability. E.G. You think a 16th note run all the way up and down the neck would be perfect in a particular solo, or running the same thing 8 times in a row without missing a note would be perfect for a particular solo and don't have to worry about missing a single strike. On the other hand you may think only bends are required for a given solo and you know you'll nail each bend without thinking about it. At that point you are reacting musically. It's a goal worth working towards IMHO smile.gif Bits like this allow one some satisfaction along the way.


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This is how good piano teachers teach too.


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