i've always had a problem with playing at really uptempo speeds...approaching 300 bpm and beyond.. in my combo at school we're playing one finger snap at between 300-320, and in the past playing tunes like cherokee or other tunes at ridiculous speed... i can through it fine playing mostly quarter notes, but i just don't have the chops or vocab to run 8th note lines at those tempos, and when i do i almost always lose my place and drop a beat or something like that (i'm playing in groups as the only comper, no piano).
i really want to be able to play some solid bebop lines over any tempo, and get my chops together so i can play them and not lose my form. i've always been a weak link as far as playing fast goes, i've never been able to play all that fast or have amazing technique, usually playing a bit slower (sort of like kurt does most of the time, but i've heard him shred too), but i'd like to get there. i really want to get my bebop stuff together...do you have any suggestions?
i also have a picking problem...it's easy for me to economy pick going from high to low strings, but going from low to high is sort of an issue - i want to be able to economy pick to play faster and cleaner, but it feels unnatural, and i always alternate by habit. i can't economy pick cleanly and accurately yet going in that direction.