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Re: Developing Faster Chops
12/8/2006 6:46 AM
Christian Miller (1937) wrote:
I think the secret of fast playing is not to think of it as being fast. There is not fast in music - fast means rushing. Think instead of subdividing the beat.
I was listening ot Allan Holdsworth the other day and the thing that struck me was how regular his time is - his semiquavers (16th notes) are, for example, really even.
I think the timing aspect of playing is often overlooked, but when you boil it down there are really only two aspects to playing the guitar- the intervals (making sure they are clean) and the time (making sure they are exactly on the beat and not rushed or dragged, at least at first)
Teh problem with thinking of things as a technqiue is that you can get caught up in the physical problem of making it happen without thinking about the other aspects. The point of practicing against a metronome, for example, is to hear the subdivisions clearly. If you can hear four evenly spaced notes for every click at 60 bpm, how will you hear them at 120 or 200?
The technical aspect of playing is really to do minimal work and ensure that the hands are relaxed and that you aren't bending the wrists or anything else likely to encourage injury.
While we could argue about the relative merits of specialising in say economy/sweep picking(Gambale), left hand ligado (Satriani, say), pure hammer technique (Holdsworth) or alternate picking (Al Di Meola) or just learning everything I think players should do what feels natural, and concentrate on the sound. As long as you are relaxed and playing in time, speed will come naturally.