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    What about one of the Speed Mechanics picking exercises at 168, or as fast as you can play clean?
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    That is a challenge but I think I am up to it. I have gone trough the legato 1-14 quite much the last few weeks and just tried 168 which due to the total much done on it is not really a problem even if I was on 125 building it back up for my 4th finger not to fly too much. So the picking up to about ex 42 -50 where my total SM knowledge is should not be so hard. Ex 25 is there.

    By clean you mean legato?

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    No, I mean without mistakes and with every note clearly articulated. Legato or picking is cool.
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    Ok I know enuff to do a video. I will get some contact clean next week to clean pots and jacks. The jack on RR2772 sounds crackling and my strat does not. I am getting the sounds and a bit used to the Quad finally being used again. It's been waiting far to long. Never did explore the recording outputs. The manual really raves about the quality of tone and it is there.

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    Still the Quad needs to go in for service as it has some dirt issues and recording outputs are questionable. A is not really responsive and B do not do it right either.

    So next week its going for service and so videos will have to wait.

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    Hopefully it won't be too long or cost too much to get it sorted.

    Question for the shredders: how long do you have to warm up before you can expect to play cleanly at your top speed? And what do you do to warm up?
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    Good question Cliff. Sometimes, it can take me 5 minutes but sometimes I need 30 minutes to warm up!

    As far as exercises, I do a bunch at slow tempo. One is a chord change from Joe Satriani and the other a finger exercise from Micheal Angelo Batio. I also run a few scales, pentatonic and 3 notes per string.

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    Thanks for letting me know. I think I was stupidly under the impression that I could dive right in at my max speed, give or take 4bpm.

    Did I mention I've started recording myself and then playing back at half speed? I did that this weekend and found that, although I thought I was playing cleanly 6 noters per beat at 88bpm, I was slurring one or two of the notes on each descending fragment. It looks to be a consistent problem I have even at 80bpm, so once again I'm slowing down to rectify it. Man, I just don't seem to be able to reliably get past 8 notes per second (6 notes per beat at 80bpm or 8 notes per beat at 120bpm).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cliff View Post
    Did I mention I've started recording myself and then playing back at half speed?
    Wow that's a great idea! I need to try this. Man dont beat yourself up you've come along way and seem to be on the right track

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    Thanks man! I really appreciate that. Listening at half speed is pretty unforgiving. (Also, the GarageBand resampling is terrible: I found a website to do it instead.)
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    But on the plus side, playing stuff back at double speed sounds *awesome*
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    Recording yourself is a very good way of evaluating how you are doing. I am doing it too! Rock on!

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    If the recording make sense to do I agree and I am going into it. I did find a cassette tape for my 4 track and god its recordings are horrible in terms of the playing. Making me wonder why its there on tape. Still at the time back in late '90s I was not into recording and just tried it a tiny bit so there is about 10 tapes in total of that. Then I did record some rehearsels in the 2 bands I was in and some of it was really good. I do improvise alot and some times it comes of really well making one happy that it was recorded.

    I got no recording fear holding me back like some guitar players.

    The Quad is yet to go to service but I have been getting into it and try to find the tones and getting into using it. It works pretty good despite the years and yet to service but it will be soon. Other than that I am expanding my skill knowledge ( so far the 5 basic scales in all 5 positions) and getting into recording ideas down on tape mindset for further use.

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