#1
I need some good excercises that will help me improve my speed picking. I can pick at a constant rate of about 130 bpm (but it hurts after awhile) and I can do small bursts at about 150 or (on a good day) 160.

Anygood excersises I could do to improve my picking?
#2
Start picking really slowly, and then gradually increase your speed. then after doing this several times, you will start to build up speed
#3
grab a porn mag go to the bathroom and use ur right hand
and does this tiwce a day lol
#4
Quote by ltd v100
grab a porn mag go to the bathroom and use ur right hand
and does this tiwce a day lol
I've been doing this for many years...I haven't noticed any improvement as of yet.
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#5
Quote by ltd v100
grab a porn mag go to the bathroom and use ur right hand
and does this tiwce a day lol

This isn't The Pit. We act maturely, here in Advanced Techniques. Your comment was not only vulgar, but it was extremely unhelpful. Please, if you must use these sort of comments, save them for The Pit.

Anyways, TS, I strongly urge you to get John Petrucci's Rock Discipline. It is an amazing instructional DVD. However, you should not just play the licks he has in that DVD over and over again. You should try to make your own. He talks about scale fragments in there. Use them. I do, a lot.

There's probably a bunch of clips on You Tube if you don't want to buy it.

EDIT: I noticed that you said you had a pain in your wrist after a while. This is probably because of tension. Chances are, this isn't your optimal speed. You probably have some sort of un-known tension that you need to work out. Try playing at 110BPM for the same amount of time. If it doesn't hurt, practice at this speed for a while. Just make sure you don't tense up.
Last edited by The.new.guy at Mar 1, 2009,
#7
Quote by ramm_ty
I've been doing this for many years...I haven't noticed any improvement as of yet.

Then your not doing it hard or fast enough.

You should probably take a few chromatics and a metronome in with you when you have your "Private time" to keep pace and improve your speed. But don't go too fast too early, or you could have some problems.

Thats good advice, and you cant deny that.
#8
Quote by The.new.guy
This isn't The Pit. We act maturely, here in Advanced Techniques. Your comment was not only vulgar, but it was extremely unhelpful. Please, if you must use these sort of comments, save them for The Pit.

Anyways, TS, I strongly urge you to get John Petrucci's Rock Discipline. It is an amazing instructional DVD. However, you should not just play the licks he has in that DVD over and over again. You should try to make your own. He talks about scale fragments in there. Use them. I do, a lot.

There's probably a bunch of clips on You Tube if you don't want to buy it.

EDIT: I noticed that you said you had a pain in your wrist after a while. This is probably because of tension. Chances are, this isn't your optimal speed. You probably have some sort of un-known tension that you need to work out. Try playing at 110BPM for the same amount of time. If it doesn't hurt, practice at this speed for a while. Just make sure you don't tense up.


Ok thanks
Yeah, I used to play to a metronome to increase my speed. I just slacked off lately. I'm gonna try some of his excersises
#9
Basically ignore the people that say the only way to build speed is to perfect your 'economy of motion'. This is rubbish.

Also ignore people who say the only way to build up speed is to use a metronome. This is also rubbish.

Using both the above in unison with each other will not only help you play smoother and faster, but it'll help your time keeping too.

Economy of Motion + Metronome Speed Exercises = Good timing and clean playing.

EDIT: Also playing everying on clean and dirty will only help. Do everything in as many different combos as you can.
Last edited by Ikonoklast at Mar 7, 2009,