So I'm 41. And it is becoming painfully clear I can not play as fast now as I could when I was in my late teens early 20's.
It's not this massive slowdown. I can still solo pretty fast. But listening to an old recording I did back in the 80's, there is a solo I did that I can't last 5 seconds with today at the speed I played it back then.
I know singers are infamous for having to have songs downtuned in there later years, or changing up the melody as to not go so high. Hell, many don't sing them as high as they did on the albums in concert just becuase they have to sing so much and would never last the night regardless of there age.
Was wondering though how many guitarists started switching stuff up later in years.
So I have been on a Joe Satriani kick lately. Posted "All alone" a few weeks ago here and have been working on "Always with me, always with you" since. I have been stuck for over a week trying to get the first really fast run down. When learing a solo I typically use audacity to slow it down while keeping it in tune and just work it up till I can hang with it at full speed. In order to hit that particular run accurately, I still have to slow it down 5-10%.
So I decided to watch a recent video of Satch to see if I could get some help with how he was fingering it. How shocked was I when on the video he changed up the run and skipped the fast part entirely. Which has me thinking that even the great ones slow down with age.
How common is it for the great ones to simplify there solos live, especially as they get older?
A lot of you guys simplify your solos when playing live? Or just simplfy them playing a cover?