Speed Exercises

author: SHRED_GOD date: 10/14/2008 category: for beginners
rating: 8.8 / votes: 64 
Hi all. I have been learning guitar for just over a year now and I was suprised to find that when I looked for practical lessons to build up speed in my hands, particularly my fretting hand, that there was somewhat a lack of quality material. So after thinking about this I decided to write this lesson to help beginners build up their speed. Also as this is my first lesson and I'm not a guitar teacher, merely a student, any critisicms and/or compliments would be appreciated. Ok 3 things to remember for a start:
  • You're not going to become amazing over night.
  • Practice is everything. Practice to a metronome and increase the speed everyday.
  • If your bored with exercises take riffs and runs out of your favourite guitarists songs and practice them eg. Prepare For War-Dragonforce-Credits To Paddy
    E|--15-12--12--------------------------------------------------------------
    B|-------15--15-12--12-----------------------------------------------------
    G|----------------15--15-14-12-14^(16)--14-12---12----------------------12~
    D|--------------------------------------------14---14-12----------12-14----
    A|-------------------------------------------------------14-12-14----------
    E|-------------------------------------------------------------------------
    OK first off were going to learn a four finger exercise which u can move anywhere up the neck.
    E-1-2-3-4-1-2-3-4----------------------------------------------------
    B-----------------1-2-3-4-1-2-3-4-----------------4-3-2-1-4-3-2-1----
    G---------------------------------4-3-2-1-4-3-2-1--------------------
    D--------------------------------------------------------------------
    A--------------------------------------------------------------------
    E--------------------------------------------------------------------
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    OK don't play this exercise with hammers or pulls. If you find your self using them slow down. Anybody can whiz up down or across the neck with hammers and pulls but it takes skill to play every note while your doing it (not to say that there is anything wrong with people that use h and p) So do that exercise and increase the speed by 10 bpm a day. Also if your having trouble say reaching 200 bpm, try 210 bpm and then go back down.. (this is out of someone else's lesson that I read, sorry but it's relevant) Oh and if you get this fast but your fingers start to "stick" together.(You'll no what I mean) Try playing this exercise. Again you can move it any where up the neck.
    E----------------------------------------------01020304----- Also play
    B-------------------------------------01020304-------------- in reverse.
    G----------------------------01020304----------------------- 
    D-------------------01020304--------------------------------
    A----------01020304-----------------------------------------
    E-01020304--------------------------------------------------
      UDUDUDUD UDUDUDUD UDUDUDUD UDUDUDUD UDUDUDUD UDUDUDUD
    Also you can start to stretch your fingers more to increase your muscle strength and to again "unstick" your fingers. Move it around the neck.
    E-------------------------------3-5-7-7-5-3-------------------------------
    A-------------------------3-5-7-------------7-5-3-------------------------
    D-------------------3-5-7-------------------------7-5-3-------------------
    G-------------3-5-7-------------------------------------7-5-3-------------
    B-------3-5-7-------------------------------------------------7-5-3-------
    E-3-5-7-------------------------------------------------------------7-5-3-
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    Here are some more little exercises to try:
    E-------------------------------1-3-4tr-4-3-1-------------------------------
    A-------------------------1-3-4---------------4-3-1-------------------------
    D-------------------1-3-4---------------------------4-3-1-------------------
    G-------------1-3-4---------------------------------------4-3-1-------------
    B-------1-3-4---------------------------------------------------4-3-1-------
    E-1-3-4---------------------------------------------------------------4-3-1-
      U D U D U D U D U D U D U D U D U D U D U D U D U D U D U D U D U D U D U
    tr= Trill
    E-------------------------------1-2-4tr-4-2-1-------------------------------
    A-------------------------1-2-4---------------4-2-1-------------------------
    D-------------------1-2-4---------------------------4-2-1-------------------
    G-------------1-2-4---------------------------------------4-2-1-------------
    B-------1-2-4---------------------------------------------------4-2-1-------
    E-1-2-4---------------------------------------------------------------4-2-1-
      U D U D U D U D U D U D U D U D U D U D U D U D U D U D U D U D U D U D U

    E----------------------------------------1-3-2-4---- And back
    A--------------------------------1-3-2-4------------ down in reverse
    D-------------------------1-3-24--------------------
    G-----------------1-3-2-4---------------------------
    B---------1-3-2-4-----------------------------------
    E-1-3-2-4-------------------------------------------
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    E----------------------------------------1-4-2-4---- And back
    A--------------------------------1-4-2-4------------ down in reverse
    D-------------------------1-4-24--------------------
    G-----------------1-4-2-4---------------------------
    B---------1-4-2-4-----------------------------------
    E-1-4-2-4-------------------------------------------
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    I dont want to include any sweep picking in this but if you know how to do it you can just about sweep pick all these exercises. This exercise is one of my favourite warm ups which you can either alternate pick or sweep pick. Move it around the neck.
    E-------------------------1-2-3-4-3-2-1--------------------------
    A-----------------1-2-3-4---------------4-3-2-1------------------
    D---------1-2-3-4-------------------------------4-3-2-1----------
    G-1-2-3-4-----------------------------------------------4-3-2-1--
    B----------------------------------------------------------------
    E----------------------------------------------------------------
    This is another exercise that can be moved around the neck.
    E-----------------------------------------------------1---1-4-------
    A-----------------------------------------1---1-4-1-4---4-----------
    D-----------------------------1---1-3-1-3---3-----------------------
    G-----------------1---1-3-1-3---3-----------------------------------
    B-----1---1-3-1-3---3-----------------------------------------------
    E-1-4---4-----------------------------------------------------------
    This final exercise is to build up endurance. Keep doing it until you feel you cant do it any more.
                               
    Well that's all for now. Depending on critisicms and compliments I may do another lesson or two but I hope this helps any player that are just starting out. If you want anymore exercises email me. Cheers.
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