So I’ve been learning some of the harder Slash licks in the November rain outro solo , paradise city , etc. It has taken me quite a while to get them up to speed in the mid 90s 100% But I can now see that it is within my grasp .
what I am wondering is the more of this stuff I work on will it seem quicker to get up to speed the more I do it. The past 3 or 4 months have been working on 6 or 7 pieces of stuff ,eg hardest bits for me are usually speedy parts . I am thinking say after getting a few solos under your belt ,especially from someone with a pretty regular style of soloing , one would hope that say after 6 or 8 complete solos are achieved the next 6 will be slightly quicker to fall under ones fingers ,and the 6 after that ,slightly quicker again and so on .
It’s a lot more interesting working on actual solo’s for technique with the bonus of adding to ones repertoire .
It would be cool to be able to get more songs in ones repertoire and solos and their speed are one of the main stumbling points for me .
im currently on day 110 of consecutive focused practice ,usually 2 hours a day or more , plus some transcribing( well writing down in a way I understand , what I’m hearing ) And I’m getting up to speed and playing faster than I ever believed I could so , am hoping that once I get a good number under my belt they will eventually not take me so long to get up to speed .
am hoping to build up a good repertoire Of Guns n roses songs and skills in the next 5 years .
I start off tackling stuff so slowwwwwwww it’s not even worth playing the track, just sorting out all the articulations , once I can get it under my fingers I will start playing along to a demo piece or the actual guitar on the track trying to match it . I find at first I’m glad to start at the same time and finish at the same time and if the middle is not exactly synchronous to the track it’s not an immediate worry , I then get to the stage where I can try and match note for note til I get it perfect , then push up the speed .
of course ,the longer I’m playing these pieces the fussier I get ( I saw a name for this in a book recently ,something like selective bias) where before I would be happy to hit a certain speed , I must now play it cleaner, more defined etc lol.
Anyway so back to the original question, do you think practice works like compound interest
it’s a bad analogy , but you get my drift