#1
Hey, I've been playing guitar for about a year and a quarter, and I havn't had much improvment in speed for 4 or 5 monthes now. My accuracy has been getting improving, and my speed only went up by a little bit.

Is there something I should do to improve speed, or is it just that once I gain my "guitar legs" speed will come over a long time?

I seriously want to play some fast solos, and have been practicing sweeps and stuff.
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#2
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Is there something I should do to improve speed?

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There are a number of different ways to improve speed/accuracy. Metronome, chromatic exercises, just play really slowly to ensure accuracy and gradually increase speed, its not going to happen overnight.
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#3
how do you practice with a metronome?..

i mean ive tried the chromatic exercises with metronome..

but then im still stuck on how you learn certain solo patterns with speed.. cos i cant see lessons with stuff like that in them
#4
Quote by ravioli123
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There are a number of different ways to improve speed/accuracy. Metronome, chromatic exercises, just play really slowly to ensure accuracy and gradually increase speed, its not going to happen overnight.


I havn't used a metronome, but I would start playing sweeps at moderate speeds, and increase that slowly, but once i get to a certain point, I just cant seem to play that good, and am stuck at around the same speed.

I should use a metronome
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All that theory my guitar teacher tries to drill into my head just gets buried under piles of porn and I never manage to apply any of it
#5
Quote by daviesgk
how do you practice with a metronome?..

i mean ive tried the chromatic exercises with metronome..

but then im still stuck on how you learn certain solo patterns with speed.. cos i cant see lessons with stuff like that in them

If I were to learn a fast solo passage, I would set up the metronome to about 1/2 maybe 3/4 the tempo of the song, play the solo along to the metronome until I have the solo down completely and the putting the tempo up about 10 or 20 bpm, even 5 for certain solo's, and gently easing in to the full tempo of the song, its the only way to learn "The Witching Hour" by Symphony X
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I havn't used a metronome, but I would start playing sweeps at moderate speeds, and increase that slowly, but once i get to a certain point, I just cant seem to play that good, and am stuck at around the same speed.

I should use a metronome

If your going for sweeping speed, ensure that when your playing slowly that your moving slowly and not picking slowly. What I mean by that is, not hitting one string and then resting the pick on the next string waiting to hit the next note. It should all be fluid, then when you get up to speed your sweep is just one quick up-down stroke. Practice what ever shapes are most comfortable to you, I would suggest a 3-string D shape, switching between the Dmajor and Dminor shape, then moving on to 4-5 string sweeps. I'm currently working on 6-string sweeps that swap shapes and include slides, hammer-ons, pull-offs and tappings Fun stuff.
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Last edited by ravioli123 at Nov 27, 2008,
#6
Learn accuracy and speed will come on it's own. In the great journey that is guitar you've barely started, you're not going to be as fast as the professionals for an incredibly long time and they're the guys writing the solos.

Take things at your own pace, you're bound to improve over time. Just let things come.
#8
Have a read of the stickies in the advanced techniques forum, and check out the links in Freepowers sig. There's a ton of good stuff there that will keep you busy for a long time.
Good luck!
#10
Why do people expect they are guitar gods within 2 years of playing.

Modern Spoilededness? Naive?

Just keep playing. You can learn super speed now, but you will sound the same as all the other guitarplayers.

Learning how it is played is not as nearly important as understanding why something is played.

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#11
Hey Freepower, I'm really enjoying your lessons page on youtube. Thanks for doing them all!