I play guitar since many years but in the last 10 years I become more serious about it so I enrolled in many courses in music school in Roma, Paris and I even achieved a BA Hons in Creative guitar performance in Falmouth University in UK.
I did some compositions and I started doing gigs mostly alone using my backing tracks.
So I should be happy about myself and I am until a certain point but as you all know we need to be true with ourselves and I have to admit I still need a lot of improvement particularly in my technique and in my accuracy.
I think that I need to improve my speed (and accuracy) both in picking and legato but the question is till what level?
The answer depends on your style: you have to be able to play sixteenth notes with fluency for any track you are playing over, otherwise you will be limited. Sextuplet should be the target speed in Classic music and Neo-Classic, Metal-Rock and some kind of Fusion not necessarily in Pop, Jazz and Blues.
Of course the higher the sky but we have also to consider our priorities and our taste and focus on what we really need.
So my basic simple question is: what is the minimum speed a professional guitarist should achieve? In other terms what speed do you think BB King, Albert Collins, Steven Wilson (guitarist of Porcupine tree that I love) or whoever not associated with virtuosity, would be able to achieve?
I know it could be a very stupid question but even if I am reaching soon 51 (so I should be mature and focus on what makes you more musical) I do feel that I am limited in playing and until I will not reach my speed goal (that is not clear to myself…) I will keep feeling limited.
So my question is what is the minimum speed I have to reach for not feeling anymore limited?