read this in a herbie hancock interview:

referring to his early work with famed jazz trumpeter miles davis, hancock said "when i started i couldn't play fast. so i wrote down some lines of playing what i wanted to play. in a couple days  i could play fast. it wasn't great or anything, but i learned ... and i learned faster when i was younger."  

i don't know about you guys, but this makes me wanna practice licks and patterns in high tempos until i get tendonitis!
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you want to get tendonitis?
another thing that happened to herbie is that when he was younger and playing with art blakey he got confused when he used two hands together. art blakey told him to use his right hand only and then he was able to concentrate and play those oh so cool lines of his.

what herbie was saying above is that he increased his musical vocabulary and by practicing the things he wanted to play, he was able to develop his technique to the point that he could play them at any tempo.

this, my  friends, is called practicing :)
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just kidding about that, of course.

by the way: check out my transcription of herbie's solo on "one finger snap" in the transcriptions section. you will find some of the coolest lines in the world there.
agreed- one finger snap is a great transcription, and herbie is at another level on it.
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