Dave Byers

What is your best practice tip? Learning scales, chords etc

My favorite tip for learning most anything: a new song, solo, chord changes, scales etc is this:


Start “stupid slow.” Stupid slow? Yea, start at a tempo that is so slow it seems stupid. Do it anyhow. the key is to keep that tempo. At a “stupid slow” tempo you should be able to develop your best technique. If you’re making mistakes, use an even slower tempo until there are no mistakes or changes in tempo.

Once you can play through it half a dozen times flawlessly, then slowly increase the tempo.

You will be able to play much faster, by practicing much slower. Clean technique some from practice at very slow tempos which allows you to play much faster and cleaner.