posted on Aug, 9 2015 @ 05:03 AM
a reply to: chr0naut
As others have pointed out, people can get up to amazing speeds on the guitar. I can pick at just over 600 BPM (absolute pick strokes) when I am
fretting just one note. It is possible for even an older person (I am 66) to get to those levels by diligent practice with a metronome.
The real problem is training the fretting hand and fingers to articulate music, or even scales at that speed. That takes a lot of practice and a
lot of thought
You have to think differently about what you are doing and as you get faster, you have to subtly alter your perception of what you are doing. Changing
strings at 150 BPM is not the same as changing strings at 600 BPM. At those elevated speeds, I don't even think about the strings, except as pertains
to the fretting hand. To the picking hand the fretboard is like a piece of wood with lines (the strings) drawn on it. It's hard to explain.
Some fan in Japan asked Yngwie Malmsteen, "How do you do that?"
His reply, "I dunno." I think he knows but the answer is too complicated to explain.
The world record holder demonstrates the diminishing rate of musical returns as the tempo increases. I don't know what the upper metronome limit is
for music that is pleasing to the ear, but I suspect that it is somewhere between 600 and 700 BPM. Above that, pitch starts to become more of a raspy
texture. No individual note is around long enough to make an impression and the ensemble starts to resemble the auditory equivalent of a pointillist
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