Playing Fast Tricks

author: UG Team date: 07/31/2003 category: guitar techniques
rating: 4.8 / votes: 25 
Hi it's James again. This lesson is on how to appear to be playing a lot faster than you really are. Of course, there's no substitute for true speed, and there are a lot of lessons here and elsewhere covering this adequately, but in the meantime before you perfect this here are some tips on appearing to play very fast. The untrained ear (I. e. 80% of your audience) will never know the difference. Ok. One old trick is to use repetitive wide stretch patterns. Obviously this is easier the further up the neck you get. Try Fig 1 at a reasonable speed and you'll see what I mean:
Fig1:

E|----------------------------------------------12-15-18-19~---------|
B|-------------------------------------12-15-18----------------------|
G|----------------------------12-15-18-------------------------------|
D|-------------------12-15-18----------------------------------------|
A|----------12-15-18-------------------------------------------------|
E|-12-15-18----------------------------------------------------------|
It sounds like you are playing this
Fig2:

E|-------------------------------------------13-12-15-18 19~-------|
B|----------------------------------14-12-15-----------------------|
G|-------------------------13-12-15--------------------------------|
D|----------------13-12-15-----------------------------------------|
A|-------13-12-15--------------------------------------------------|
E|-12-15-----------------------------------------------------------|
So, by doing wide stretches, you can play complex patterns easily! This can also be applied to tapping :
Fig 3:
t p p p p h h h
E|-20-13-12-10-0-10-12-13--t-p-p--p--p-h--h--h------------|
B|------------------------20-13-12-10-0-10-12-13-etc.-----|
G|--------------------------------------------------------|
D|--------------------------------------------------------|
A|--------------------------------------------------------|
E|--------------------------------------------------------|
Have fun with this, I'll be back soon!
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