So it went on year after year from Jimmy Hendrix and Led Zeppelin to Guns and Roses then Iron Maiden, Queen, Metallica, Van Halen, you name it! If the music had quick lead guitar I was there hearing with it.
I had a all-natural talent for the guitar but I found that I had limits. I couldn’t play the quicker lead guitar solos that my heroes can on their recordings. The harder I tried to play these quick licks the more impossible they became. Occasionally I would practice 8 hours straight and be no closer to achieving my objective of playing lightning quick. Does this sound familiar to anybody reading this?
This became even worse when I would attempt lead guitar by artists like Yngwie Malmsteen. I will play Yngwie Malmsteen’s song “I am a Viking” note for note perfect without even breaking a sweat today. But, back then this was impossible for me and not through deficiency of struggling or ability.
For a limited years I gave up striving to play because quick because Malmsteen. I began telling myself loser damaging comments like “He’s simply born greater and faster” or “I may not be that wise thus why bother” and “I’m merely greater at rhythm guitar than lead,” in addition to, “He possibly began young than me thus I could not become that superior because I began too late”.
Fortunately I did keep playing the guitar and worked on semi quick blues playing along with a good broad vibrato synonymous to Vai in the film “Crossroads”. I may usually play quick on 1 string utilizing tips mostly borrowed from Kirk Hammet of Metallica. However, anything swiftly that concerned string skipping frightened the crap from me incredibly around others who would state “Wow that’s actually fast” while inside I will be embarrassed because I knew that I had just hardly been capable to play it or occasionally I would create errors and hope that nobody observed. In essence I felt like a scam!
The thing is it didn’t matter if others observed or not. I knew!
I knew that I wasn’t capable to play quick solos correctly and it pissed me off that I wasn’t superior enough.
So that nightmare situation is today a lot in the past for me and I wish To talk about the principles that improved the limits of my guitar speed by a big amount!
A prevalent and main mistake that modern players create is to test and play everything rapidly too shortly. By carrying this out they develop bad timing practices that are a symptom of another usual and main mistake, that is tensing the muscles in the selecting and fretting hands. I can see how the issue develops in young players. Think about it; you’re hearing to loud adrenaline improving Rock and Metal that makes you need to jump around head banging and pumping your fist in the air, so it’s just all-natural that this attitude flows over into guitar technique.
The answer for this really is to be more like a wise tai chi master or Buddhist monk. You create all your movements fluid and relaxed. You just utilize the actual amount of vitality necessary for any guitar technique. You step outside of the chaos of the music and allow it flow from you in an virtually detached fashion. When I am blazing up and down the fret board I think of nothing only “what is”.
This really is why when I was young I may not play certainly quick. I was super tense if anything. I would attempt to crush any failure by tensing up a lot more.