#1
My right hand technique is much better/faster than my left hand, to the point that when I'm soloing/improving it is blatantly obvious that my left can NOT keep up with my right.

So can anyone name some songs that would help me gradually increase my left handed speed? It's not horrible slow, but it IS holding me back from most solos.

If people could put like a slow-mid speed left hand and then higher ones and specify which, so I could figure out what to save for a later approach, that would be very helpful.

Thanks for any assistance.
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#2
Crack open the big book of theory, grab a metronome, and start practicing the three usual directions of scales: Horizontal, Vertical, and a combination of both.
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what death.prog said or some songs that would help are some system of a down songs,welcome home by coheed and cambria well thats what has helped me a lot but there is a lot of songs i know that can be fast but they are mostly solos and really fast so just start off slow and use a metronome or do those songs i have said
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#4
I will bet large sums of money that the problem isn't speed but coordination. Break out the metronome and slow down until it's clean, boy!
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yea man just slow down and work your a** off on scales untill you get more comfortable with playing them fast
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My right hand technique is much better/faster than my left hand, to the point that when I'm soloing/improving it is blatantly obvious that my left can NOT keep up with my right.

So can anyone name some songs that would help me gradually increase my left handed speed? It's not horrible slow, but it IS holding me back from most solos.

If people could put like a slow-mid speed left hand and then higher ones and specify which, so I could figure out what to save for a later approach, that would be very helpful.

Thanks for any assistance.

Look up classical guitar practice techniques, and get two books. One is called "Speed Mechanics for Lead Guitar", by Troy Stetina. The other is basically the holy grail of soloing technique books, and that's "Rock Discipline," by John Petrucci. Work through each exercise, and don't advance until you've gotten that exercise nearly mastered.

As you move on (going over each exercise each time you practice), find the ones that work best for you and eliminate the other ones, as long as you're benefiting from them. Go through and eliminate the exercises that aren't working for you, focusing about 75% on what you're worst and, 25% on maintaining what you've got (this will spread out to 50/50 eventually) and work all the way through both books.*

*I haven't worked all the way through either yet, let alone halfway. Doesn't mean you can't :P

Also, to practice coordination, learn technical stuff like Stabwound, by Necrophagist. Hard as fvck, took me a week to get 30 seconds in to it (with everything else I was doing at the time)
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I, er, very very much doubt your right hand technique is ahead of your left. I would guess you vibrate your arm to achieve these speeds, aye?

If I need to, yes, but I am also working on that. Even at that though, just using wrist/hand my right hand has more speed/coordination than my left.

I didn't realize it was that strange. I've always had a good right hand technique apparently. Maybe not good but better than some of the other people I know.

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Look up classical guitar practice techniques, and get two books. One is called "Speed Mechanics for Lead Guitar", by Troy Stetina. The other is basically the holy grail of soloing technique books, and that's "Rock Discipline," by John Petrucci. Work through each exercise, and don't advance until you've gotten that exercise nearly mastered.

As you move on (going over each exercise each time you practice), find the ones that work best for you and eliminate the other ones, as long as you're benefiting from them. Go through and eliminate the exercises that aren't working for you, focusing about 75% on what you're worst and, 25% on maintaining what you've got (this will spread out to 50/50 eventually) and work all the way through both books.*

*I haven't worked all the way through either yet, let alone halfway. Doesn't mean you can't :P

I'll definitely look that up, though I'm surprised I've never thoguht to beore since just about every guitar player I consider a "guitar hero" swears by that DVD.
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#11
For beginner/intermediate level left-hand work, try:

"Hocus Pocus" by Focus - great riff, 7th chords, and you can improv the solo during the extended lead sections. There's no tab for the solo I've found online, and I don't expect anyone to attempt tabbing that shredding madness anytime soon...

"Black Dog" by Led Zeppelin - Main riff is cumbersome at first, but after the memorizing it really flows off the fingers nicely. A very natural feeling riff.

"Over the Hills and Far Away" by Led Zeppelin - Another great main riff, but this one has chords intertwined, forcing you to learn how to play lead and rhythm interchangeably.


If those too easy, try some Metallica, like "Master of Puppets", or Pantera "Cowboys From Hell". These are considered "advanced" by some, but like anything else, once you get up to speed and have it memorized, it's not too bad.

If you don't like harder rock, try "Satch Boogie" by Joe Satriani. Watch him live to see how to play it too. Fast horizontal chord movement and quick lead runs in between a fairly easy main riff.

These three aforementioned songs all require precision and speed across multiple strings, mixing chords and riffs , forcing your left hand to become accustomed to playing rhythm and lead back and forth.

Also, try learning new styles or techniques, like tapping. "Hot for Teacher" and the tapping section in "Eruption" by Van Halen sound intimidating, but once you understand the rhythm and the pattern (which is surprisingly repetitive in both songs) your left hand will have more strength and speed.

*** If all of these songs are too difficult, then try some classic rock songs like "Break on Through" by the Doors or "Love Me Two Times". Robby Krieger is an underrated guitarist who mixed jazz, blues, and hard rock riffs and chords all together in an easy to digest manner; catchy and smooth, easy to memorize, yet requires some speed.

Also, look at a song like "Purple Haze" by Jimi Hendrix. Same attributes as the Doors songs, only you get a solo in this one, and it's not much above a beginner solo, with some frilly, medium-paced lead work.

I could make a list of a thousand songs, but those are the first ones I could think of. Hope it helps. Good luck and keep rocking.
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Sorry I have nothing extra to contribute. There isn't really a secret way to improve hand speed and dexterity, scale runs while increasing the metronome speed is the only effective way imo.

edit: Richie Kotzen's rock chops video is good for improving left hand speed, there is a tab on this site I think. Has some good legato exercises.
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#13
Why would your left hand have to keep up with the right hand? Shouldn't it be the other way round regardless of which hand is faster because your left hand chooses which notes to pick on which string?
#14
To gain more left-hand speed, I practised some hammer-ons and pull-offs.

Stuff like, 6p3h4h6p4p3-repeat.
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#15
The problem is nothing to do with speed and everything to do with synchronisation. Don't concern yourself with how fast either of your hands are because it's irrelevant - the problem is simply that you're not good enough at using both hands together so that's what you need to focus on.

One hand is NOT faster than the other you don't need to do anything to speed the left hand up, simply concentrate on keeping your hands in perfect sync in EVERYTHING you practice and play.
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pointless exercise, unless you're specifically practicing legato. Threadstarters issue is co-ordination, plain and simple.
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I love how everyone ignored it when I said that <_<
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I love how everyone ignored it when I said that <_<



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Lol I saw your post on it too, haven't seen you on MSN in awhile


Nah man, I've been busy with work and such - band practice, real life socialising (for once) but whatever
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No, I'm the president of the Galaxy and don't you forget it!

fyi: he isn't an albatross either
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#24
Other than agreeing with what Zaphod and Seagull said about synchronization being the root of most "speed" problems, I'd take a good look at your left hand technique to see what might be slowing you down. Are you play with excess tension? Moving your fingers too far off the fretboard? Lacking finger independence? Or wrist/hand positioning that doesn't lend itself to playing fast?

Usually, it's a couple of pretty simple fundamental things like that. I say "simple", but that's not to say that correcting them doesn't take a great deal of practice and discipline.
#25
Left hand speed goes back to finger independance which is what i've been working on...

slow 1-2-3-4 finger movements~

I change tempo to +3 BPM everytime i do up and down with fewer than 2 mistakes or finger jumps~ got to 75BPM now im stuck workin on it tho
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fyi: he isn't an albatross either

Yeah I know lol, but albatross' are more majestic than your average vomit-eating seagull
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#27
Something that works for me is tucking my thumb in. Makes no sense, but somehow it helps and practically transforms my left hand into a soloing machine.