I think one of my biggest mistakes over my long, unproductive career is that I haven’t practiced things correctly. I’ve definitely had long periods of my life where I practiced hours each day…but practice doesn’t make perfect!! You’ve gotta do it correctly!
This one is more about tackling a longer piece that’s got constant high speed throughout.
I think there are some cool “CtC approved” concepts he touches on. For one, he mentions not doing a ton of practice with the metronome. He’ll use it briefly to make sure he’s at a particular tempo, but he doesn’t spend the time syncing with it.
Also some ideas on chunking, and what to do when you hit a wall with a certain passage. I also thought it’s cool that he doesn’t seem to spend tons of time on any one piece. I think I drill licks way too much.
One caveat I’ll point out is that this most likely assumes you’ve already got a good basic technique going. So it’s by no means to take the place of the standard advice for anyone who isn’t as fast as they’d like to be yet, which I think goes something like:
- Find a motion you can do fast on one string
- Sync this to a fretting hand pattern
- Figure out what the string changes that match the motion are
- Play some patterns that change strings, making sense with the above point
- Use this to write cool music
- Get famous and be recognized as one of history’s greatest guitarists
Anyway, hope someone finds this helpful. I find it really interesting.