Today I’m starting my first practice diary.
The “etude” I’m trying to tackle is one of the many bucketlist solos, the final unison of This dying soul by Dream Theater. I’m not sure how long it will take to beat this beast, but creating this thread will be a good reference point to measure my progress. I spent about 30 minutes on 2 afternoons to memorize the solo, and I decided to set my starting practicing tempo to be 160 bpm. 150 felt too easy, 160 feels more uncomfortable, at least for the second part of the solo.
The target is 192 bpm, which is beyond my maximum comfortable tremolo speed, and the run is pretty long, so loads of stamina is needed. Also, by the time I nail this, upstairs should be nice and clean
I created a separate video about the most (in my opinion) challenging part, I’m not sure if I’ll be able to play this clean on any fast tempos or I need to re-arrange the fingering, we’ll see how it sounds once I’m getting closer (if I will get any closer) to the target. It’s also the point where my thumb gets tense, and it’s much harder to play the second half of the solo after that. (it feels much easier when I skip playing this part). I also screwed up the take here but that’s life.
I also find it difficult to play cleanly on those higher frets when the run reaches the 24th fret on the B and the high E string.
The descending final run is also a challenge with the single notes on the lower strings.
The final challenge is the ending, where I need to hit that riff and the power chords on time after the run, it feels like something I need to dedicate some time to practice separately.
I’ll update the topic once I hit a new milestone.