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Hello all,

This is my first post but I've been lurking for a while now. I just wanted to share my first major guitar playing breakthrough. For the last week and a half I've been practicing chromatic scales to help train my fingers and pick to stay in time. Two days ago I was stuck around 60 BPM, but last night I started at 60 BPM and I went nearly eight minutes without a mistake, so I started to speed up the metronome and made it to 100 BPM before I started to make small mistakes (Fret buzzing). So I decided to see how fast I could go before my technique really started to break down. About two hours later I made it all the way up to 208 BPM with little more then a fret buzz here and there and a couple of missed upstrokes. Playing at above 100 BPM obviously needs work but it felt really good, even though I had to make a conscious effort to keep my pick hand relaxed.

Just thought I would share my experience, maybe it would benefit someone.

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#2
ahhh good work. if you do that on a regular basis and you're patient at the lower tempo's, you'll be shredding like a monster in no time

pushing yourself and going up to the highest speed you can is also very healthy for your technique; some people have reccomended doing that at the very end of an extensive practise session
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You tripled your speed in two hours?


I wouldn't say I tripled my speed in two hours. I simply pushed my self to play that fast. It was very obvious that my technique was breaking down at over 100 BPM. So I would call that about a 40% increase in a week and a half.

I think that muscle memory was finally kicking in though.
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Congrats man. That's the attitude. Keep at gaining accuracy at slower tempos and every once in awhile blast it out.
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#6
It's good to gradually increase speed but as Shawn Lane says, it's also helpful to not form a memory block by ripping through it so fast it's sloppy and just pick up the notes later.
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Grats on your newfound speed.
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Yeah, when I first started my scales, 40bpm was even hard. Now I can do 160-180 comfortably. 200bpm is a good push for me. Its fast enough that I have to really pay attention, but not slow enough that I mess up due to boredom.

Its funny cause if I try to do scales really slow now its hard.
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I wouldn't say I tripled my speed in two hours. I simply pushed my self to play that fast. It was very obvious that my technique was breaking down at over 100 BPM. So I would call that about a 40% increase in a week and a half.

I think that muscle memory was finally kicking in though.

In that case there's no point trying to play that fast - all you're doing is training yourself to play badly, if you don't perfect your technique at slower speeds then it'll never be correct playing faster. The whole point of the exercise is, as you already said, to improve your accuracy and sense of time - if you're not playing accurately and in time then what, exactly, are you practicing? The metronome isn't a speedometer, it's just there to keep the beat for you.

Stop forcing yourself to play faster, it doesn't work. Be patient and focus on being accurate, you'll speed up eventually but you have to be patient...it takes months and years to develop speed, not a couple of hours.
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