#1
Not long ago I joined a band as the lead guitarist. It is going really well and our songs are sounding awsome, but now I am faced with a challenge. We are working on playing Reel Big Fish's cover of Take on Me, and the solo is incredibly fast. I ALWAYS use a pick which doesn't help me when trying to tackle this problem, does anyone have any suggestions on how to play fast?
#2
Quote by Damon.
Not long ago I joined a band as the lead guitarist. It is going really well and our songs are sounding awsome, but now I am faced with a challenge. We are working on playing Reel Big Fish's cover of Take on Me, and the solo is incredibly fast. I ALWAYS use a pick which doesn't help me when trying to tackle this problem, does anyone have any suggestions on how to play fast?


Same as everyone else: take it slow at first, use a metronome, speed up gradually and don't speed up until you can play it perfectly at the tempo you're at.
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#3
the secret to speed is starting out extremely slow, until you can hit EVERY SINGLE note going slow you dont speed it up, gradually speed it up, and chances are there using a pick in the song.
#4
Yeah. Slow, accurate practice with a metronome is the best way. If you rush it you'll just end up playing it sloppy, which pretty much defeats the purpous.

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#5
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Same as everyone else: take it slow at first, use a metronome, speed up gradually and don't speed up until you can play it perfectly at the tempo you're at.



Exactly what he said. If you start off slow, you have a really good chance of getting it right. And then when you ace it at the pace you are at, speed up the tempo a bit, and then when you ace that, increase again until you get to full speed.

I use Audacity to increase/decrease tempo.
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#6
Quote by SunDrop
the secret to speed is starting out extremely slow, until you can hit EVERY SINGLE note going slow you dont speed it up, gradually speed it up, and chances are there using a pick in the song.


Using this method the other night, I learned Poison Was the Cure. By the time I got to 75% speed, my hand was throbbing.
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#7
Quote by Survivalism
Using this method the other night, I learned Poison Was the Cure. By the time I got to 75% speed, my hand was throbbing.


You might be trying to push yourself too hard. This method is supposed to take days weeks or even months depending on where you are and where you're trying to get to; the muscle memory has to be built up very carefully.
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