The last time I was struggling with speed you folks have helped me tremendously and I was finally able to hit 180 BPM tremolo.
This time around I have more general problem though - not only I want to push my picking speed further, but also I want my left hand to keep up.
I noticed I have a problem with it when I tried to play some faster solos and licks.
Here are some samples of my playing:
Tremolo at 170:
I use this exercise to measure my actual picking speed.
I do this sort of chromatic spider because a) it’s easier for me to keep the beat and b) there is no point to fast tremolo if you can’t use it to play melodies, right?
The fastest speed I ever achieved was 185, today I kinda burnt out my right hand on a warmup, trying to push the speed to much. I got really tense and could not pick fast at all afterwards.
Here’s the unmeasured:
Now onto left + right hand speed:
Here’s a chromatic spider:
Was far from perfect, I’d say it was kind of a sloppy day for me, but it still counts - if I can’t play flawlessly on repeat then there must be some kind of an issue present.
And some scales:
A lick from Behemoth’s solo to Ov Fire and Void (I think the tab is incorrect though, still makes a good exercie) - tab is in 130 BPM triplets, so it would be played as 190BPM straight 16s. Best I did was about 80% of the speed, but more realistically it’s closer to 70%:
Some riff in triplets:
And sweeps - those are real pain, some of them I do quite ok, others are a mess:
The reason for switching guitars is that some of those cannot be played on others, like the 6 string sweep on my 8 string Schecter, and my LP’s high E string is not matching the rest of the set (one step lighter) so it’s awkward sometimes.
Also I noticed that my finger nail is hitting the strings, and there are scratch marks on it’s surface and tips is getting filed to the side. Must be some error in my playing.
The right arm tension bugs me as well - I don’t expect to play fast tension-free, but this tension is making it difficult to keep picking fast for more than a few bars, and once I push too far my muscles got burnt out and I can’t play anything fast for the rest of the day.
I’ve also had this thought that maybe the max picking speed depends on condition?
I’m far from being fit, with my thin arms and beer belly. I’d max out at maybe 10 pushups. Maybe this is what is holding me back?
Anyways, does anyone see what needs improving judging by the samples?