#1
I'm okay with triplets/sextuplets/"dodecatuplets", but many solos from my favorite players have small runs that are grouped up in 5 or 7 notes per beat (along with other numbers). When I see these I usually freak out.

How do I practice these five or seven-note runs effectively? Or are they just "mistakes" that are played at high speeds (I often see them in Gilbert and Vai solos)?
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#2
Definitely not mistakes. These guys are known for this kind of stuff.

Bust out a metronome and start slowly. You'll pick up on it quickly.
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Alright, that is what I had in mind, thanks
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#5
It's probably worth saying that unless we're talking specifically about Steve Vai, Guthrie Govan, John Petrucci or Frank Zappa it's not a mistake but it's not strictly intentional either.

You'll likely find that during a lot of solos that have odd groupings like that, they're just playing and going for a feeling or getting a specific note on a specific beat and the rhythm just came out like that.

That's not to say it's not worth working on more unconventionally grouped playing, it very much is (just look at the guys I mentioned), but it's definitely something to keep in mind when looking at other people's work.
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