I've been playing Swedish folk music a few years now, and it's going pretty well. There's one technique that really vexes me though, and it is that of trilling fast, like in these clips:
(approximately 29 seconds in and again 2 minutes in "FRRR!!!")
I've been trying to build my speed from the ground using a metronome, but it doesn't really seem to get me anywhere. On the other hand, I can sort of tense up my arm and just spam the fingerboard, which is usually quite successful yet - I'm guessing, quite the wrong approach, as I have no real control when I'm doing this.
I could work more on building speed with the metronome, but sometimes it feels like a big waste of time. I can do 16ths continually at a speed of 160 BPM, which has been my top speed for a good while now - and not even close to the tempo in these clips. Am I missing some other way of practicing trills in a fast and controlled fashion?
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