Tom Poore wrote:I am, of course, speaking of my own experience. But I believe one can hear the difference between a guitarist who relies on excessive tension for speed and one who does it in a less tense way. In the video below, scroll ahead to the 6:02 mark, where the two players trade fast scales:
Speed can be done either way. Given a choice, I have my own preference. Your mileage may vary.
South Euclid, OH
Excellent example! Thank you!
And that led me to this video talk by the same guitarist, Marco Tamayo, on speed. Note that he never mentions speed, nor is that what the lesson is nominally about. Instead, he talks about the illusion of "difficulty", and he talks about engaging "difficult" passages to make them simple and fluid.
I think we guitarists, like everyone else, too easily become impressed with and concerned with speed itself, forgetting that speed is a by-product of approach and technique--a symptom of mastery, not a path to it.