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Old 05-28-2006, 07:56 AM   #1
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Francesco Fareri sweeps 3 beats of an Am arpeggio at 33nps every chorus of “suspension”, and the tab was available off his official site. 12 notes to the beat at 165bpm.

Michael Romeo taps 32nds @ 172 in this video, so that's 22.93nps - thanks ZylitoL!

Jason Becker - In Paganini's 5th, at around 1 minute 40 secondish, in Jason plays 10 notes in .451 seconds, which comes to 22.17 nps, so the 21.3 that the powertab supposes is pretty accurate.(eco picked) I am getting Becker hitting anywhere from 8 to 12 notes in around .5 seconds, so the sweep claim made earlier of around 19-22 nps is accurate. (sweeps)

Steve Vai - 21.6 - the riddle, legato and tapping.

Shane Gibson - 21.3 - the sweeps throughout EmoVillagePillage here.

Paul Gilbert on "snakebite" - sextuplets at 205, we have ourselves 20.5nps!

Shawn Lane has definitely picked his trademark diminished string skips at 19.5nps (8 notes alternate picked, one economy picked. ). Also he preforms a 6 and a 9 in 0.735s on Power Licks, which is 20.4nps.

Guthrie Govan - Tapping in Fives as performed for Blues Jam Tracks, 32nd notes at 152 BPM for 20.267nps.

Allan Holdsworth has the greatest legato technique in the world, but I've been hard pressed to find a run that shows off his sheer speed. I've found a lick in "Heavy Machinery" thats sextuplets at 200bpm (20nps), string skipped and stretchy! This doesn't illustrate his flexibility or imagination, however, and I strongly recommend you go and listen to some of this man's playing immediately.

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20 NPS for a diminished, 3-note-per-string, string skipping legato lick in the song Outworld by Outworld (Rusty Cooley). The 20 nps makes sense since it's 32nds at somewhere around 150 BPM, possibly a little over that I believe. It lasts for well over a second too...
Most of his alternate picking licks are around 16nps


John Petrucci plays some terrifying legato runs at around 20nps on the song “Animate-Inanimate”, and pretty much all his Dream Theatre picking solos are around 14/15nps, so please don’t ask about them.

Chris Storey from All Shall Perish playing 32nds at 150. - ( 1:26) - which is 20nps.

Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal clocks in at 19.8nps during “I can’t play the blues” , doing some stretchy tapping nonsense.

Evil_Empire24-7 submitted this un- George Lynch - Wicked Sensations 19.8 NPS from total guitar magazine 2001. (No info on technique used, or bar, etc)


Frank Gambale has hit 19.3 nps on 6.8 Shaker.

Zaphod_Beeblebr - Paul Gilbert - In the studio version of Bliss (from the album Burning Organ) there are a few licks good for 32nds at 141bpm which is 18.8nps.

ZylitoL -Marty Friedman in Concerto - Five 32nd sweeps at 140bpm @ bar 152 according to my GP file. That's 18.7nps.

Yngwie Malmsteen on blitzkreig (32nds at 140) - 18.6 alt picked.

John 5 -In Perineum, the song with Steve Vai, John 5 hits a nice 32nds @ 138 bpm = 18.4 nps

Derryl Gable - on Visions and Dreams, economy picked line during the "acoustic" solo is 13s at 85bpm = 18.4 nps

Joe Satriani plays 32nd note 5's at 110bpm in the solo in Ice 9 (left hand legato) , which is 18.3nps. and 32nds at 138 in 'cant slow down', which is 18.4nps.

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According to this tab, Paul Ryan of Origin sweeps 32nd notes @ 135 bpn, at around bar 26 for several measures, or at 1:17 here:


(terrible song/band in my opinion, but speed is speed)

32nds at 135 = 18 nps.



Buckethead - 16nps on a lesson vid. Alt picking - and 17.8 nps on a tapping thing on jump man. Those are the only accurate speeds I can find.
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If the tempo's are correct in the GP on this site of Buckethead Lesson 3, he hits 17.33nps alt picking and later sweeping (32's at 130).

(Take a look at this monstrosity as well - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=czpwrg8zNls#t=1m3s )

TheShred201 - Jeff Loomis sweeps 2 beats of 16th note 7's @ 160 BPM, for 18.67 NPS. That's just under a second, so if you want to do an average & add the next beat of sextuplets, it's 17.78 NPS. That's in the section from Devil Theory 3:17-3:31 as tabbed by his instructional DVD/Booklet published by guitar world.

Steve08 - Steinar Gundersen from Spiral Architect gets 32nd notes at 130 on Fountainhead at different parts, one is alternate picking and the other is legato. That's 17.33 nps.

gimme_fuel_89 - James Root from Slipknot plays consistent 5s at 200bpm on the first solo of "Welcome", which is 16.6nps.

Colton165 - Tosin Abasi plays the intro sweep/economy picking in "CAFO" at 16th note triplets at 156 bpm. 15.6 nps.

Prophet of Page- I clocked Eric Johnson earlier, he hits an EXCEPTIONALLY clean 15nps on a repeated pentatonic (2 notes per string) lick, all picked on "Ah Via Musicom", maintained for several seconds.

Tony Macalpine plays 8th note triplets at 300bpm on “hundreds of thousands”. (15nps)

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Andy LaRocque plays some alt. picked sextuplets for a full bar in the second solo of Black Horsemen by King Diamond, at 150bpm. What is that, 15 NPS or something?
Yes it is, actually. Andy LaRocque, 15nps.

Bleeding in the Brain, at 2:52, Ron Jarzombek sweeps 16ths at 220bpm, which is 14.6nps - although he's done lots of faster licks and we can't transcribe them.

Al DiMeola's NPS on Mediterranean Sundance on the “Friday Night In San Francisco” album smoothly flies along at a superclean 14nps.






If you’re thinking of submitting something, first of all – is it real? Or is it just a tiny snap second in a half tabbed solo with the wrong tempo? Secondly, if it’s sloppy, it’s not going on the list. If we can’t be reasonably sure that the nps is correct, we’re not putting it on the list (N.B., this means all those youtube shredders claiming 58nps can just piss off, quite frankly). We aren’t going to put you on the list, these players have to play these licks on the night, in front of hundreds of people, and if they were in their bedrooms with a webcam, they’re probably faster than Rusty as well.

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Old 05-28-2006, 08:19 AM   #2
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I can sweep at 400bpm

does that me better than those guys?

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Old 05-28-2006, 08:25 AM   #3
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Old 05-28-2006, 08:28 AM   #4
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being one note per beat?
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Old 05-28-2006, 08:28 AM   #5
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does that me better than those guys?

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First off, I highly doubt you can cleanly sweep at 400 bpm (notice that 'cleanly' is the key word.) And even if you can, you'll need to submit a recording so we can verify it. And just exactly how many notes are you sweeping for each beat? Oh, and no it wouldn't make you better, just faster.
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Btw this is mainly strict alternate picking (mainly) not economy picking so yours wouldn't count I don't think.
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Btw this is mainly strict alternate picking (mainly) not economy picking so yours wouldn't count I don't think.



Now, maybe I'm just a n00b but, aren't economy picking and alternate picking the same thing?
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Uh.. Sweeping and economy picking are unrelated.
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Btw this is mainly strict alternate picking (mainly) not economy picking so yours wouldn't count I don't think.


No, its willjay who does only strict alternate, here we have tapping (if it's fast for TAPPING) and sweeping and all that silly quick nonsense.

Thats one reason willjay's list looks so much more conservative than this one - rusty can sweep like a mofo, but willy counts only his alternate picking - and Shawn lane's very fastest licks (like the 9s, or or his ridiculous legato) often contain legato string changes and economy picking...

Basic point is - if you want a list of the fastest ALTERNATE PICKERS, go to willjay - his list is dead accurate, afaik, and it's quite nifty with all the sound clips. If you want to hear the most "Notes in a second" regardless of technique, look at this list.
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Old 05-28-2006, 10:38 AM   #11
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How about Michael Angelo Batio? (Or rather, the robot that was made to look like him) He may not be the fastest in the world, but i think it'd be cool to know how fast he can play.

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No, its willjay who does only strict alternate, here we have tapping (if it's fast for TAPPING) and sweeping and all that silly quick nonsense.

Thats one reason willjay's list looks so much more conservative than this one - rusty can sweep like a mofo, but willy counts only his alternate picking - and Shawn lane's very fastest licks (like the 9s, or or his ridiculous legato) often contain legato string changes and economy picking...

Basic point is - if you want a list of the fastest ALTERNATE PICKERS, go to willjay - his list is dead accurate, afaik, and it's quite nifty with all the sound clips. If you want to hear the most "Notes in a second" regardless of technique, look at this list.


where is willjays list?
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Hey, if tapping is included, get Buckethead on this list pls.
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Hey, those ****in noobs can offer suggestions, though it'd be nice for someone to find something instead of me doing all the searching and maths...im looking for some BH now, and im going to add willjay's list at the bottom. (with all credit due, of course)

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How about Michael Angelo Batio? (Or rather, the robot that was made to look like him) He may not be the fastest in the world, but i think it'd be cool to know how fast he can play.
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no they cant! they dont have basic human rights!
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I can upload the huge ass WIljay File if anyone wants it?
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BH - 16nps on a lesson vid. Alt picking. Can't find any tabs of his crazy tapping stuff.

Bearing in mind he invented it to play a Shawn solo.

Oh...wait, and 17.8 nps on a tapping thing on jump man. Thasall i can find.

http://rapidshare.de/files/13383407...oject_.rar.html

Theres the willy stuff.
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Is there a list anywhere from Wiljay In order of the fastest to slower ?
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Becker consistantly alt. picks 16 nps. (Multiple songs, Anchored)
Sweeps on Serrana in Solo-Live in Japan from 19-22 nps.

I had a long dissertation backing ^ somewhere. I'll type another one in a bit.


And we gota get some updated Impellitteri on there. 13.6? That's pathetic. I can even go that high on a good day.

Edit: Just searched, and the info backing the Serrana sweeps is in the Random Shred Chat. No way am I looking through all of that. I'll be typing another one.
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Yeah, it's pretty low for a fastest guitarists list
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