#1
ive been blaying about 2 and a half years now, and im alright i guess, but ive recently ralised ive been using the wrong technique when it comes to playing solos and the like. ive been using my elbow to do tremolo picking and scales, but now that ive read that you use your wrist, im trying to do that, thus knocking down my picking speed from around 250bpm to something like 130bpm. aside from the obvious practice more to get back up to speed is there anything else i can do to improve and how long do you reckon itll take to get used to using my wrist.
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#2
Practice. Also, are you talking about 250bpm at whole notes? because 250bpm at triplets and above would be insane.
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#3
250bpm with 16th notes
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#4
The idea of playing things "Correctly" on a guitar is a very tough subject. Even though everyone may play it a certain way, it is also nice to have your own way of playing. If it gets to the point where you prefer your original way of playing, you should return to that style. In fact, Some people will always play better if they use unconventional techniques, rather than trying to play "correctly".

I realize that I didn't really help with you getting back up to speed, but I really believe that the idea of being correct all depends on who you are.

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#5
yeah, i understand you there, i thought about continuing to play how i normally do, but the fact that i havnt really progressed in my playing for a while made me think that i should try playing another way.
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#6
250bpm with 16th's is pretty damn good really, speed-wise that would do you fine for a very, very long time.
#7
tremolo picking is "correct" when you do it with the wrist because you will find that your stamina will be way higher than using your whole arm, and i think it looks cooler to be going so fast but hardly moving at all if you get my drift.
#8
yeah, ive noticed that when i play standing up with songs that have long tremolo picked parts, my arm starts to ache quite a bit.

EDIT: ill just clarify that i can tremolo pick at 250, but shred at about 210 if i push my self.
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#9
Quote by samlocke14
tremolo picking is "correct" when you do it with the wrist because you will find that your stamina will be way higher than using your whole arm, and i think it looks cooler to be going so fast but hardly moving at all if you get my drift.

+1
#10
i just realised i've been doing it wrong as well
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yeah, ive noticed that when i play standing up with songs that have long tremolo picked parts, my arm starts to ache quite a bit.

EDIT: ill just clarify that i can tremolo pick at 250, but shred at about 210 if i push my self.

what do you mean "shred"...shredding isn't a technique, it's a style.
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#12
play as fast as you can for as long as you can. then rest. then do it again
#14
to steven, i meant playing scales
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#15
just ask yourself how practical the skill you're focussing on actually is -if you practice running up and down scales then you'll get good at running up and down scales. It's a good warm up and also a good picking exercise but that's as useful as it gets, it's not going to actually help your overall playing ability all that much.
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#16
The concept is to minimize the tension and reduce the effort you are exerting while playing so you can go for longer and longer.
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#17
2 and a half years and you can shred at 210 bpm?

*Bows to the inhuman prodigy*

Off topic: I just watched August Rush last night. Is it even possible to play like that kid did the first time you pick up an instrument? O.o
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#18
thanks for the compliment but dont give me that much credit lol, there are only a few songs that i can play that fast and theyre not really difficult, i gotta long way to go before im a prodigy
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#19
Who cares how you play? PLay how you feel comfortable
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#20
Do what you're more comfortable with.
I have a habit where when I do bends, I bend the string down towards the floor instead of bending up towards the ceiling. But, I do it because i'm comfortable with it and I play better doing it like that. My friends think it's like the stupidest thing ever that I do that, but they go off and buy MG stacks.
Do what you want to, and develop what techniques work for you.
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#21
i bend towards the floor too! cheers for all the points everyone
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#22
^Rly? My friend's think i'm just the biggest idiot that I do that.
But, I have the most accurate bends out of anyone I know.
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#23
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Off topic: I just watched August Rush last night. Is it even possible to play like that kid did the first time you pick up an instrument? O.o


I was thinking the same thing. To be honest, I don't really think so. The storyline had holes and kind of left things like that unexplained. How would he have known what tuning the guitar was in, and where all the harmonics were? I guess it helped that he had perfect pitch and naturally understood music theory so well, but I dunno dude. That's kind of unrealistic.
#24
i thought you bent up only on the bottom string, cos obviously you go off the fretboard, but on other strings its easier to bend down for me.
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