for years ive been trying to improve my guitar speed by trying to play slow until i got something down, then gradually increase the tempo i find that this doesn't really help me play at full, normal speed. instead, my muscles are trained to play it slow. playing fast and slow are totally different, and i dont really believe you can just work your way up like that. if anything, i realized that playing slowly is kind of like fear of failure or fear of making mistakes. like, i better not make any mistakes, so ill keep playing slowly to iron out all the mistakes. when i play this way, i lose all feeling, even if i make less mistakes im trying to take on the music head-on, as close to full speed as possible. maybe i only take it slow just initially to learn all the notes. but at some point, im pretty confident i have all the notes down. i just gotta go in and try it full speed, even if i totally mess it up. and if i dont think i can play it full speed, maybe i just wont play guitar at all for a bit. maybe ill dream about playing that riff or that song full speed, ill air guitar it all day. at some point, ill come back and take another shot at it full speed on the real guitar, accepting whatever comes out as my honest attempt at it. when i play this way, im a little sloppy, missign notes here and there, but damn is it way more fun, and i feel like i can just PLAY the damn guitar. just go for it full speed anyway, maybe life is like that too. you either kind of put it on pause for a bit, or you go in on it full speed. dont just take it slow because you're afraid to mess it up. if you cant handle it, that's fine-- go on pause. dream a bit. dont do anything at all. once you're ready, go full speed!