This is one for those of you who pick at insane speeds:
How do you keep up with your left hand?
Although I still struggle to cross strings at speed, I can now comfortably pick on a single string much faster than I can fret individual notes. I've been practicing trills for the last couple of weeks, but I'm not sure this is helping. So far as I can tell, trills mostly improve strength and are useful for hammer-ons and pull-offs. Seems to me that for very fast playing, the left-hand fingers need to be as light as possible, so it's more about speed and accuracy rather than strength.
What do I need to work on?
RE: Left-hand syncin PB Guitarstudio FORUMS Thu Mar 28, 2013 12:46 am
by deltadiscos • 317 Posts
Its one thing to say practice with a metronome of course thats good advice - however so many guys try practicing with a metronome and they are OFF time! So they are PRACTICING all WRONG!!!!!!!!!!
Yes do practice with a metronome and make sure you post the video here. I want to see if you are at all accurate or are fucking up.
He he - will do. Chances are I'm fucking up :). As someone told me quite recently: practice doesn't make perfect; *perfect* practice makes perfect. I've spending a lot of time doing the first of the two.
BTW I think I read somewhere on here (lost the thread now) you were studying for an exam? Good luck!
Here it is:
The first segment is me trying to play a simple 4-note chromatic sequence at 100bpm, 16th notes. This illustrates my problem pretty well, I think, particularly when I'm descending. The notes are frequently unclear - I'm not sure if it's my left or right hand that's out of time.
After that is slightly more ambitious sequence, played first at 80 then at 120bpm.
Thanks - I appreciate your feedback.
RE: Left-hand syncin PB Guitarstudio FORUMS Sun Apr 21, 2013 8:29 pm
by uderoche (deleted)
I am really digging all the video posts. This is the best way to see where everyone is at, problems, etc.
I think everyone needs to SLOW THE FUCK DOWN. Practice much slower. Much much slower. Slow enough so that it is perfect. Then speed up.
Take a minor pentatonic scale. Play it 16th notes at 60bpm for 1 minute. Then go to 61 for 1 minute. Then 62 for 1 minute. STOP when you cannot play it PERFECTLY for the entire minute,
Do this every day.
Slow the speeds down.
I tried saying it, then I listened back to my vid, and I see what you mean. I knew it wasn't great when I posted it, but sometimes I need someone else to tell me just exactly how bad it is :).
FWIW I tried playing 16ths at 60bpm today, getting the synch as good as possible. From what I can tell, my left-hand fingers were being somewhat lazy - if I concentrate on making them hit the beats just as much as I do with the picking hand, then things seem to work out better.
RE: Left-hand syncin PB Guitarstudio FORUMS Thu Apr 25, 2013 9:54 am
by uderoche (deleted)
If you are having trouble with 16th notes at 60bpm for 1 minute NO PROBLEM! Just take it down to 8th notes at 60 bpm for 1 minute and build it up that way...8th notes at 61 bpm for 1 minute then 62bpm etc etc etc making sure that you are playing it correctly with the metronome (ie PERFECTLY)
What I meant to say was my fingers were being lazy in the vid I posted. When I slow down to 60bpm, I have time to concentrate on them and ensure they fall on the frets precisely in time with my pick. I tried this last night and worked my way up to 92bpm (i confess in increments of 4 rather than 1bpm) before there were problems. So this will be part of my practice routine from now on.
I do as much scale practicing as I can on acoustic and I find it helps a lot. However, I do need to practice on the electric guitar too to get used to the different string tension. Actually, because of this sarod picking seems a little harder to do on the electric guitar after a long session on the acoustic one.
Btw, what's the reason for the difference in tension? The higher gauge strings on the acoustic?