#1
besides improvising may I ask ?

I have learned the minor pentatonic and been practicing it for quite some time now. The way I practice it is to play from beginning to end backwards. I heard that practicing scales helps you play faster and help on solos. But I really don't see how it can, at least not yet.

Can anybody give me a tips on this ? I really want to play fast and do those insane 3 notes solos T_T
#5
Those crazy solos... Learn how to solo using the minor pentatonic then learn your full (modal) scales.
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#6
yeah, of course I have to practice, but you know, I really want to know the right thing to practice not waste my time
#9
Accuracy.

Get a metronome, pick a scale, stick the metronome on 60BPM (or slower if you cannot play this accurately), play 4 notes per "beat" (so 16 notes per 4 beats). Play the scale. When you can play accurately, increase the BPM by 5 or 10. (You can find a metronome online to use by googling "free online metronome" and the 3rd link or so is a good one if I remember correctly.)

Accuracy increases speed.

Speed and Accuracy increase your ability to play those "crazy 3 note solos".

Scales are in key.

Playing in key can help you write your own songs that will sound good.

Practice makes perfect, I was horrible at guitar until I realized that. Now I'm just bad :P
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#10
Music is composed around scales, if your fingers are used to performing the patterns found in scales accurately and well when you come up against songs/solos which use those scales you should find it easier to play them. Similarly, when you go to improvise or chreate your own solo, provided you've got the idea of how to use scales in context, it will be easier to play them and you should have more options open to you to use in the solo/song. It helps you play fast because you're practicing common patterns found in music.
#11
That said, speed should not be the main focus of your playing. If you're trying to do stuff fast all the time, your technique will suffer as each individual note will not be clean. Practicing scales slower will still make you faster as it develops hand strength and co-ordination.
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Quote by Invokke_Havokk
Accuracy.

Get a metronome, pick a scale, stick the metronome on 60BPM (or slower if you cannot play this accurately), play 4 notes per "beat" (so 16 notes per 4 beats). Play the scale. When you can play accurately, increase the BPM by 5 or 10. (You can find a metronome online to use by googling "free online metronome" and the 3rd link or so is a good one if I remember correctly.)

Accuracy increases speed.

Speed and Accuracy increase your ability to play those "crazy 3 note solos".

Scales are in key.

Playing in key can help you write your own songs that will sound good.

Practice makes perfect, I was horrible at guitar until I realized that. Now I'm just bad :P


This.

Know what chords these scales belong to. Try to stay with one key for practicing. Practice in a I-IV-V fashion.
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