rocketman Posted February 5, 2012 Report Share Posted February 5, 2012 A few years ago I started practicing on a regular basis. What I noticed was that I can do some pretty fast runs in a clean manner. I’m no shredder but I can play along with Lifeson at the intro section of La Villa Strangiato and the like. What I realized that is that my "medium" speed was not there. It was never really there in my youth either. So I spent the last few years really working it. Here’s an example of what I’m talking about. Listen to the run at exactly 3:11 of 2112. The notes are in triplets: D-D#-E, G-G#-A, C-C#-D, E-F#-G, followed by a bend to the A. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQEgZNqa8jE So I went back to basics and worked up from there. Now I feel very comfortable doing this. I actually pick in a little circular fashion which I think is common to a lot of players. I remember reading about Satriani’s test of good picking techniques. He’d ask people to play the first five notes of a major scale faster and faster to see if they can get past that critical "medium" speed stage where you’re picking heavily slowing and barely picking at all on very fast runs. I finally understand what he’s saying. I still have many other things to work on, but I’m happy that this one is solved. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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