Poll: which is harder
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fast
97 80%
slow
24 20%
Voters: 121.
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#2
Don't be dumb. Fast.

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#3
Obviously slow is easier, and fast can be just as easy, unless you can't play that fast yet.
#4
thats like saying is it easier to do sweeps or open chords.
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Well, if you an play stuff accurately slow, you can play them fast too. I'm finding it harder to keep in time when playing stuff slow, mostly because I haven't practised that much with metronome. So; slow.
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#7
I think its all about soul and emotion
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#8
how fast?
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#9
Well, TS, considering that you consider Alexi LAiho and MAB to be the best guitarists, its hardly suprising that you have trouble keeping time during slow songs. Of course playing more slowly is easier, its just harder to make it sound good.
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#11
I personally have no problem keeping time anywhere from 30 bpm to 300

EDIT: As for the actual question, I'd say fast. If you screw up, it's a bitch getting back into time compared to when playing slow.
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#13
s'all bout emotion and FEEL man...
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#14
Depends on how much distortion you have on it!

Seriously, if you put tons of it on, and try to shred, it will sound as if you are actaully doing it...


While with low distiortion, it will sound like a dying sheep.
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#15
If it's within human capabilites, then fast is harder, cos you need to put more effort to play more notes.

I often find taht I am just not fast enough to play some of my favourite guitar solos, while I play the slower ones easily.
#16
I can tremolo pick really well, but I'm not that great at hammer-ons. I'm also not great at chord changes sometimes, so there's different things to take into account.
#17
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Well, TS, considering that you consider Alexi LAiho and MAB to be the best guitarists, its hardly suprising that you have trouble keeping time during slow songs. Of course playing more slowly is easier, its just harder to make it sound good.



haah i was wondering when someone would bring that up... i dont really have trouble staying in time for slower songs, but i dont really play slower stuff...
#19
Actually I think it's harder to keep time when playing fast. Most (new to fast playing) tend to just play as fast as possible, overlooking phrasing and accuracy, which is what "shred haters" tend to criticize
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#20
Listen to Agalloch and Funeral. and try playing one of their songs. It's much harder to play slow and keep timing right.

To play fast, you just need a basic feel of an instrument. Which is why punk is fast. Slow tempos take much more musical skill.
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#21
They can both be hard, just depends on the song. One can be just as hard as the other.
#22
What's the bet that all the people who simply say 'fast' with no thought cannot actually play in time.
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#24
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Listen to Agalloch and Funeral. and try playing one of their songs. It's much harder to play slow and keep timing right.

To play fast, you just need a basic feel of an instrument. Which is why punk is fast. Slow tempos take much more musical skill.

Ahh, an example I hadn't thought of. Good point.

Then again, punk "musicians" don't give a shit if they get out of time, so I don't know if they really count as playing fast.
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What's the bet that all the people who simply say 'fast' with no thought cannot actually play in time.

You know, that's precisely the reason that they would say that fast is harder.

Cos they've tried and they can't do it.
#26
Since there exist fast pieces with complex timing I'll say fast.
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#27
I"m saying it can be equally hard to do both well, I was just making fun of some people very much like some people I know at my music college.
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#28
Depends on the person. I know some people that can play ungodly fast n whatever their instrument is,not just guitar.and they're great. But,they have issues with keeping time when playing slowly.
Or,like me,others have a good sense of rhythm and can't play that fast.
But,there are also people that can do both.
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#30
What's a very challenging slow song? I wanna try this myself...

EDIT: I'd like to clarify that by slow I mean not only tempo, but duration of notes. Something that's 30bpm doesn't count if it's entirely tremolo picking.
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#32
Slower is harder. Points have proven.
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#33
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Depends on the person. I know some people that can play ungodly fast n whatever their instrument is,not just guitar.and they're great. But,they have issues with keeping time when playing slowly.
Or,like me,others have a good sense of rhythm and can't play that fast.
But,there are also people that can do both.


I don't see why that happens, as I see it rhythm is a basic while learning music, at least I wouldn't allow me to move to technical playing if I haven't mastered my fair share of rhythm.
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#34
playing slowly in time is harder simply beacuse there is more room for error, look at it this way:

When you are playing a piece in 4/4 at 200bpm less time passes during one bar than in 4/4 at 50 bpm. This means that there is less space into which you can put a wrong note, or a note that is out of time, even.

At 50 bpm the time into which you have to slot notes is much greater so there is a greater chacnce that you can put the note into the wrong place *and* where you have to put the note is more vague.
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#35
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Slower is harder. Points have proven.

Example?
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playing slowly in time is harder simply beacuse there is more room for error, look at it this way:

When you are playing a piece in 4/4 at 200bpm less time passes during one bar than in 4/4 at 50 bpm. This means that there is less space into which you can put a wrong note, or a note that is out of time, even.

At 50 bpm the time into which you have to slot notes is much greater so there is a greater chacnce that you can put the note into the wrong place *and* where you have to put the note is more vague.

I see what you mean, but you also have much more time to think. When you're playing fast, you have less time to concentrate on each note, and you might miss one.

It's like driving a car. When's it easier to control? 20 or 120 kph?
#36
Depends. Uber fast a la shredding is harder.
However, when I play slow I sould sloppy.
I picked slow because playing just "fast" and not uber fast is easier IMO.
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#37
Fast requires more precision in a short span of time.

slow, you get precision, along with longer time span.


fast is harder in my opinion
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#38
Quote by meh!
playing slowly in time is harder simply beacuse there is more room for error, look at it this way:

When you are playing a piece in 4/4 at 200bpm less time passes during one bar than in 4/4 at 50 bpm. This means that there is less space into which you can put a wrong note, or a note that is out of time, even.

At 50 bpm the time into which you have to slot notes is much greater so there is a greater chacnce that you can put the note into the wrong place *and* where you have to put the note is more vague.


Are you saying that makes playing slow harder than fast or just proving why slow isn't easy?
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#39
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Your an idiot.

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#40
fast obviously, but for slow, gotta make sure those bends reach the right pitch.
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