February 19, 2016
I have two questions. I am working an learning a long solo that is at a fast tempo. I find that with some sections, my hands feel more comfortable and seem to recognize certain phrases quicker but others I can’t play as smooth so it’s like a bumpy road. What do you recommend for a method to learn all parts and get it up to tempo?
2nd question, when just improvising at a fast tempo, what do you recommend to build up stamina to play long solos at a faster tempo as well as having that vocabulary be 2nd nature where you’re not fumbling around trying to play things.
As always, I appreciate your time!
September 1, 2012
I like to slow the audio down to a tempo where everything feels comfortable. I stay at that tempo until I can play everything without mistakes, then increase the tempo very slowly. It takes a while but seems to be a better solution overall.
For your second question, I used to spend a lot of time playing fast tempos without any chord changes. In other words, I would let my hands play ideas and vocabulary that I can play fast, just to get the feeling of playing at that tempo. I would slowly introduce harmony into this, but only after playing fast without harmonic restrictions for a while. This lets you get comfortable with playing fast for longer periods of time. The key is to stay relaxed.
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