The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #39538   Message #561382
Posted By: John Hardly
29-Sep-01 - 11:34 AM
Thread Name: How can they play that fast?
Subject: RE: How can they play that fast?
I'm not trying to disagree but...

...I will say that there is some point at which you also have to just play faster. When you've got the elements of the tune cold, you just have to make yorself try it at faster and faster speeds.

I was lucky enough to have taken some lessons from Joel Mabus and when I asked him about speed he said (wisely, I think) that, just as there is a dynamic difference between running and walking----running is not simply walking faster----there is a difference between plying slow and fast that is more than simple speeding up.

He also said that a good way to learn to play cleanly at 200bpm is to practice at 225bpm. Kind of like taking batting practice with the machine turned up to 80+....you can't hit the first 20 balls but suddenly things start to click and the balls seem to become more visable and hittable.