A few weeks ago I posted the results of my experiment with learning to play fast by playing slow, and outlined the process I used to dramatically increase my picking speed in a couple of focused practice sessions. Some readers have given it a try and are seeing results! PLAG reader AC recently wrote to tell me about his success with the approach:
I recently read your speed experiment post and decided to try it. I have to
say the results are astounding! I have tried a number of different ways of
practicing, and this method really makes the material become second nature.
It let me achieve a sort of “mindless” playing, where I don’t have to think/worry about the fingers getting it right as it’s so well glued. Being able to play tricky things without having to really think about them was something I’ve been trying to achieve since reading Kenny Werner’s “Effortless Mastery” (definitely worth a read).
Thanks so much for this, it’s really made a difference to my
[LL: my emphasis]
AC, I’m glad you got some value from the article. And thanks for the tip about Effortless Mastery — I’ve just ordered it. Looks like a great read!
Dear readers, if you’ve not given the “play slow” method a try, perhaps AC’s success will convince you that it’s worth a shot.
(Too bad I don’t have a “secrets to playing fast” product to sell, because AC’s email would make a killer testimonial to use in direct marketing! )