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playing slow is actualy harder for me than playing fast

Discussion in 'Playing and Technique' started by still.ill, May 18, 2011.

  1. still.ill

    still.ill Member

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    i wrote a song recently thats sort of like the section at 1:48-2:17 here
    except its like that the entire song

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1vAONepZcrE




    i find it super difficult to actually play consistently/in time
    (its really slow arpeggios)
    ill either miss a note or not play it loud enough, or do a slight timing error.... am i defective?
    .... and then its like.... its already slow.... so my usual routine of playing things slow then speeding things up again doesnt work

    the funny thing is i have no problem with playing fast johnny marr style arpeggios
     
  2. elpueblosound

    elpueblosound Member

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    a great guitar teacher once told me:
    "Playing fast is easy, playing slow is also easy, but playing mid speed AND in tempo? now that is hard"
     
  3. still.ill

    still.ill Member

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    alright good to know it wasn't just me and this will take more than just a day of practice
     
  4. Julia343

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    Playing slow is harder than playing fast. Playing slow exposes every musical flaw in your playing, and not just technique. Slow songs are harder to hold together, but they can teach you a lot about phrasing. It's usually the phrasing that is off when the song falls apart.
     
  5. Franklin

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    Yup, playing slow is tougher. For the ultimate test, try a really slow 24 bar Blues. It separates the novice from the polished players for sure!
     

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