The secret to speed 2/Roll with the momentumDecember 23rd, 2010
One of the secrets of speed is to capture the energy in momentum and use it to propel your fingers forward effortlessly.
To do this, you’ll have to play in a smooth continuous action – the approach to the string, the plucking, and the movement back for the next stroke – should all be done in one smooth continuous motion.
Try this on the guitar:
Bring your ‘i’ finger towards a string, perhaps the third string.
Now, pluck the string. As soon as your finger strikes the strings, relax it completely and start moving it to the next note.
There’re two critical points about this.
1, The moment of impact must be the moment of release.
2, It’s also the beginning of the next stroke.
In other words, the end of one action must be the beginning of the next. Even as you strike the string (the end of the stroke) your finger is already moving to the next stroke.
When you connect your actions this way, you will produce incredible momentum in your fingers. Each action will flow seamlessly into the next with no break in continuity. You will feel as if you’ve created an automated engine in your fingers, each note propelling you to the next, smoothly and effortlessly.
This seamlessness in your actions is especially crucial in arpeggios, tremolos, scales, or anything that requires a continuous flow of actions.
That’s the technique of rolling with the momentum.
As soon as you start the action, keep moving, don’t lose the momentum, instead, use it to propel yourself to the next action.