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Posted by greg (220.127.116.11) on July 07, 2003 at 12:27:53:
In Reply to: how the hell do i play very fast? posted by playing very slow on January 15, 2003 at 10:27:09:
I guess we're all struggling with the same question every now and then. Playing fast is NOT something that depends on how strong your hands/fingers are. True, you have to develop muscles, but that's just the begining. It all happens in your mind. You hear something and with enough routine and years of practice you are able to execute it immedietaly. If you concentrate too much on your technique only, you'll end up either damaging your hands or closing your years and hearing yourself only, not the band. I advise you practice mechanical things (scales, chops, phrases, etc ...) every day for 1-2 hours, then sit down and try to play things that are hard for your brain. Think. Playing fast means thinking and reacting fast. Try improvising over chord progressions, try singing and playing, try to play odd time measures - anything that teases your brain will get you on the road. I sometimes practice hard for weeks and still can't play fast enough, other times I just sit down and imagine how I'd play what I hear - and it happens. Experiment. Study jazz, that'll show you what I mean. 'Free your mind, Neo!'
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