Hey guys I am working on my song writing and I need some tips on playing fast shredding licks but not going of beat.

I can't seem to improvise and then write fast playing in solos without going really off beat.

I can write melodies and small hammer-on/pull-off patterns solos but I am having trouble picking things faster without it being not fast enough for my liking, not fitting in with the song, or going off beat.

By no means am I trying to make all my solos completely emotionless and just shredding, but I need to put it in in some parts.

Any tips for trying to play fast but staying with the beat?

This is not required, but if you can, tell me some faster patterns that work well when you are soloing or shredding.
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practice with a drummer, it helps with timing. also a metronome
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practice with a drummer, it helps with timing. also a metronome

Unless the drummer can't keep time.
Thus why you use a drum machine. Because most drummers are useless.
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Get better at playing in time then - there's no point trying to play fast if you can't play properly yet.
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Get better at playing in time then - there's no point trying to play fast if you can't play properly yet.


The problem isn't so much that you can't play fast in time, it's that you're having trouble playing in time. Practice the run you're trying to do at a speed that's comfortable, then gradually speed it up. If you're just belching out notes at speed without keeping in time, you aren't really practicing, you're just making noise.
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I would agree with Garou1911, but to keep time after the practicing, I hold a steady beat with my knee (not foot, you'll tire yourself out) or if the song is mainly made of strumming, you could try doing an up-down motion even while not playing.
play with a metronome
play with some one that is going sixteenths, eights... and be on there beat.
and some good old fashion practicing
Yeah play with a metronome is the biggest key to playing fast. BTW here is a pattern I often use.
g--4-5-7-5-4---- repeat
Here's a trick that helped me:

Say you're playing 4 notes on one string and then moving to the next, accent the 1st note of the string, as in telling yourself, ONE two three four ONE two three four, and so on(I'm trying to explain it the best that I can You can start off picking the accented notes a little harder until you get the timing down. another example:

say you're playing 5, 6, and then 8 on the low E and then moving up a string to A, playing 5, 6, and then 8; you'd start off by accenting 5 on the E string, and then as soon as you change strings, really focus on nailing the 5th fret on the A string as you start the next set of notes, so in your head, you'd count ONE two three ONE two three.
make sense? i hope so.

also, as previously stated, the metronome is your best friend. it never gets tired, complains, or tries to change your songs.