Brewtal Lesson: Be All You Can Be with Zakk Wylde's Guitar Boot Camp
In this classic lesson, Zakk Wylde leads you through his brewtal guitar boot camp!
03. GO SLOW N’ EASY
“As I’ve been told by all my mentors, do it slow and then work on it until you can play it faster. [Seattle Mariners third baseman] Scott Spiezio, a Black Label brother who’s won a World Series ring and is one of the best baseball players out there, is one of the people who told me this. When Scott was a kid, his dad, who was also a major leaguer, said, ‘Son, if you can’t hit a ball off a hitting-tee there’s no way you’re gonna hit a ball that’s pitched to you.” So to this very day, when Scott’s warming up, he still hits a ball off a tee, in order to totally focus on what he’s got to do. The same principle applies to guitar playing—you’ve got to be able to do it slow before you can do it fast. A lot of the time I practice slow so I can zone in on the little nuances and work out the mechanics of playing something right.”
04. CLOCK IT
“Want a killer practice tip? Get a metronome,” says Zakk. “I still practice with one, and I always bring it with me on the road. In addition to helping you with your timing, a metronome lets you see how you’re progressing when you’re learning difficult shit. You start out with the metronome running slow, but as you get better, you can increase its speed. Doing that helps you keep track of how you’re progressing.”
05. PLAY IT AGAIN
“I don’t care who you are, the bottom line is this: if you want to play something bad enough and you practice it enough, you’ll eventually get it. It’s a matter of repetition. You gotta start off slow, and then just do it over and over and over. There are no short cuts, either; you just have to practice your ass off and play through things a million times. That’s how I do it. For example, I’ll take a run like this [FIGURE 11] and then practice it for days and days until I can play it fast. There’s no slacking off, either—use it or lose it, bro.”
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