It is very common for players to hit “plateaus” with their playing. These plateaus, or brick walls, are all caused by a very specific problem that has not been diagnosed (if the problem had been diagnosed, you wouldn’t hit a brick wall!). One of these is how our two hands are. To play guitar fast, the two hands have to do two very different things, to a 1mm accuracy and 0.05s timescale.
When you read that, you might think that it is impossible! But, actually, it is very possible – you just need to do the right things the right way, in the right order.
I digress – hand synchronisation. A common problem with lead and rhythm playing, is that one hand moves slightly out of time relative to the other hand. Symptoms of this are things like muted thud noises, where you pick the string either just before or just after the fretting hand has held the string down. For example, when you are playing a fast passage and the first few notes come out ok, then it quickly descends into thud noises and a bit of a mess… that is when your hand synchronisation has broken down.
Fortunately, there is a really, really easy way to fix this Let’s say you were struggling with playing the following lick:
Now, we are going to double up every note, but, keep the notes the same length:
This forces our hands to move out of time to each other, which helps keep them much more accurately in sync with each other. This is just one method we use to help our students consistently progress with their guitar playing. Give us a call to learn more!