As I sit here practicing a couple of tougher fingerstyle songs, the idea practicing slowly comes to my mind. I always have the idea of practicing slowly enough to where I make 0 mistakes but real life is a bit different. Practicing new things slowly enough to where you are making 0 mistakes is THE fastest way to get better at something on the guitar. There are two problems with this though. #1 - It's very difficult to muster up the self-control to practice this slowly. #2 - When you are practicing like this, it doesn't feel like it's getting you to your goal any faster.
The truth is that it does. Nearly every ultra-high level musician I've had the privilege to meet has reinforced the idea that you have to SLOW THINGS RIGHT DOWN to play new or more complicated things. I've found this to be true. Unfortunately, my lack of self-control has held me back more than I care to admit.
To help get the communicate the importance of slow and "perfect" practice across, Chelsea and I are toying around with a funny/dramatic idea for YouTube video. It should be pretty funny.
Anyways, I just wanted to make this post and get everyone else's thoughts on the idea of SLOW practice , and making your playing as mistake free as possible when working on new things.