I'm pretty much straightened out and sorted after my house move at last (it takes forever when you've got a small kid to contend with), so I've got more time to play again. My lead playing was never spectacular if I'm completely honest, and after the lack of playing time I've had since my daughter was born it's down right crap. I've decided it's about time I did something about it, or I'll just be a wannabe hack forever. So, I'm going to start re-learning all those cool scales & chords I've forgotten and most importantly work on my speed.
So, what do you guys recommend for increasing my accuracy and speed? I know about the idea of trying lots of different scales in different positions to a metronome, starting off slowly and building up speed gradually, but what kinda speed should I start off at and what sort of increments should I increase the tempo by?
Any other tips?
When working on scales, I'll start the metronome at 100bpm. I'll do scales in different positions using triplets and 16ths. At 100bpm it's more about warming up and hitting each note cleanly, and getting the scale drilled into my head. Then I'll up the metronome to 120. After that, 130, 135, 140, etc. I tend to stop increasing the speed when it gets to the point that I can sometimes play cleanly, but wind up messing up some as well. This is also boring as hell, so I only do about 30 minutes of this before I play other things.