#1
Hey, folks. I need some recommendations on improving my speed. I've been trying to work at some of the first and second solos to Led Zeppelin's "Heartbreaker," but I'm getting my butt kicked, moreso on the first solo. Any help is greatly appreciated.
#2
Hmm..I ran scales very slowly, and slowly built up speed until I could play them flawlessly fast.

Also for endurance, I just improvised as fast as I could till my hands burned.
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#3
An obvious answer, I know, but start very slow. Slow enough that it's way too slow. then play it again a little faster. then a little faster. until you make any mistakes, then keep playing at that speed or slower until you master it at that speed. then go a little faster. then a little faster. Shall I continue?
#4
Ha, thanks guys. I am a bit too impatient when it comes to doing things too slowly sometimes.
#5
practice the lick slowly at a tempo you can easily do, with a metronome, for 21 days
after that, speed it up and then it will be fully ingrained into your muscle memory.
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practice the lick slowly at a tempo you can easily do, with a metronome, for 21 days
after that, speed it up and then it will be fully ingrained into your muscle memory.


Woo! That's a long while. Alright, thanks for the advice.
#7
better idea though it might not work, up the tempo faster than the song and try to play it at that speed. After a few times of ****ing up constantly, go back to normal tempo, doesn't seems so fast? I only suggest that because I take the slow, metronome it till u hit the right speed. Also, u don't need 21 days, that's a slwo yet effective thing, I, however, would pick a tempo, like half speed of normal tempo, and play the thing until i got it perfect 10x in a row, not just one. Then i upped the tempo by like 5 or 10 bpm till i hit the right speed. Good luck, speed is a bitch, but when you get it u can show off and get all the chicks!
#8
^no, that won't work at all, it's quite possbily the silliest idea I've ever seen. You can't play something fast until you can play it slowly, trying to play it even faster will just make things worse.

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Woo! That's a long while. Alright, thanks for the advice.

That's not a long time at all, the 21 days thing only works if you're already close to a level of ability where you're capable of playing a piece.

Depending on how good you currently are it's not unreasonable to expect it to take months or even years to be able to play a certain piece.
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#9
play the solo slow and then just play it faster and faster until u get it
#10
Slow it right down until you can play it totally flawlessly and go from there, gradually increasing your speed and getting it flawless at each tempo. Don't up the tempo until it becomes easy playing at your current speed.
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Playing accurately and cleanly is the first step prior to speed.


Precisely.
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