one thing about this. when we are playing slow and learning to play faster, we have time to feel and control and think about every note. There is a speed we reach where it sort of goes to autopilot and it gets into just playing a whole pattern or a series of notes we have practiced.
This autopilot thing will happen and its not at our TOP speed yet. We can get used to the autopilot thing but then there are speeds above that where we are even in LESS conscious control over every note etc and the whole thing just becomes a fast blur
I have experienced that a few times lately while learning new licks after I have grooved them at slower speeds a bit to learn the pattern and then I try it fast a few times and then super fast lol.
Im ASSUMING that, with enough practice, even this “blur” speed can eventually feel somewhat “normal” to us, at least on certain patterns that we have fully worked out etc
my personal thinking is that one has to sort of sneak up on these speeds by doing work at somewhat lower speeds. Maybe at first its a micro speed where you work out all of the exact pickstrokes etc. Then a little faster to where its in a nice rhythm. Then after its grooved a bit one can start to try it faster and faster to see if its a nice pattern that will go into the higher speeds. Then our average practice speed of the lick will increase and we get closer and closer to the form of the fastest speeds WHILE STAYING RELAXED. This is the key for me right now
So that speed where we just let go and go into blur mode or whatever, that is the GOAL.
I dont think we can just go straight into that and use it as a practice mode because it will just break down and produce tension and mistakes. Same concept as a lifter not being able to walk into a gym and just do a max bench press. he has to warm up first and work his way up to it and over the course of time he will do MANY hundreds of sub-maximal sets. I think we gradually work our practice speeds closer and closer and we are therefore grooving a closer and closer form to that top speed form. After a while that blur speed form etc starts to become closer to our “normal” form.
This is my current theory anyway lol