Okay, so I’ve just read another thread, cuz the title really jumped out at me.
So maybe I’m trying to bite off more than I can chew. The past several months I have been desperately trying all kinds of programs and lessons on playing faster, with very little success. Reading that post, I see that I have been trying to run before I can walk. I have the same trouble with hand sync when I play faster than 120, and months of experimenting and drilling has only gotten me moderate success, one lick at a time, getting up to 130 or 135, but only once or twice in about 30 tries, and I can never repeat it the next day.
A lot of the replies to the above suggest trying to do less; like getting a pattern going on one string, sticking with it for a while, then adding a string change, but only one note on the new string. Get that working, then add more notes on the new string. I’m trying to force myself to do 3nps scalar runs, and they crap out too soon. I get to 120-ish and my hands seem to seize up: I can’t force them to go any quicker. But I know there is potential for greatness, because I can noodle sloppily much quicker than 120. See the video :
Damn, it’s a little longer than I wanted, but you can see at the end the convoluted system I have to deal with, lol. Put it in the can to stand up, balance it, use the mirror to make sure I can see my pick hand. Ugh!
So I do three things here 1 - an extended Paul Gilbert exercise at about 100, then as fast as I can. 2 - a chromatic 4nps exercise at a fair clip, and 3 - noodling scales up and down as fast as I can. slop, slop, slop.
This tells me a few things, not the least of which is that I can play fast with my left hand, and I can pick fairly quickly. And, I have a long way to go to achieve synchronization. But there is hope.
I guess the question now becomes, what should I be working on first? There is so much I want to accomplish with the guitar, but doing it all at once has proven futile.
Lastly, can anyone tell me what motions and slanting (if any) I am using? I know trailing edge grip, but I’m not to sure of what else is going on there.