johnyere
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#1
Is speed on guitar developed naturally over time, or do you have to actively work towards it?

Or is it a combination of both?
Last edited by johnyere at Dec 11, 2012,
Xter
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#2
It comes with practice and playing. Before you even worry with speed, focus on training your ear, that's more valueable then speed anyday.
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#3
Speed is a by product of good technique.
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#4
Speed is a matter of muscle memory. If you learn to walk the way to church, the first times you might take a wrong turn. After a while you can walk there without thinking, after a while you can walk there with eyes closed, and after a little while longer you can run there with your eyes closed.
Arpeggio X
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#5
To answer your question succinctly, it's a mixture of both. Time and experience allows you to hone your skills, making you faster as a result but really concentrating on proper form and technique will get you faster results.
Speed on the guitar is all about muscle memory and economy of motion. Read through the technique sticky in this forum to get some good tips on how to practice this, but in a nutshell, you don't want to be using more energy than absolutely needed either to pick a note or fret a note. It's fairly simple, but many people don't realise this.

EDIT: Freepower has many YouTube videos demonstrating damn good technique and how to build it. Check them out. Also, look up players like Rick Graham and Michael Romeo to see just how economic they have their movements, it's really something.
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#6
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Cocks. Thanks for letting me know, I'll have to find another shred god then. It was the Psycho Petrucci video, in case you were wondering.
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