#1
I can't play any faster than around 140bpm.. and I just started trying to play a song which is at 190bpm and its kicking my ass. I desperately need some exercises to increase my speed and accuracy. thanks.
#2
Speed is a byproduct of accuracy. Simply practice the desired passage to perfection at a low tempo, then increase to the speed at which you are practicing it slowly until you can play it at the desired tempo.
#4
Then you need to learn to play at 141 bpm before you worry about 190.
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#5
Economy picking, yeah that could help. I'm more of an alternate picker but I'll try to make a note to work on my economy picking as well.
#6
just nudge the BPM once in a while, if you've been at 140 for ages, then you are either practising it wrong, or you are increasing the BPM too much. If you have to increase it by one BPM each time in order to improve, then that's what you have to do.

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#7
get yourself a decent metronome and as said if you can only handle going up 1 bpm at a time thats what it will take but you can play faster. trying it too fast will get you disheartened and will all so give you bad habits when playing and trying to keep up so take it slow it will come.
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Speed is a byproduct of accuracy. Simply practice the desired passage to perfection at a low tempo, then increase to the speed at which you are practicing it slowly until you can play it at the desired tempo.
This
#9
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Practicing economy picking greatly helps too.


Not inherently. Practice is the main thing that helps, regardless of the picking style you choose.
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#10
You know everybody can play at 190 BPM if it only requires them hitting the low E-string every ten beats or something.

You're more worried about your NPS it seems, Notes Per Second.
#11
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Not inherently. Practice is the main thing that helps, regardless of the picking style you choose.

Oh definetly, just saying economy picking is a great addition for some as well.
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metronomes are not for speed training


That's the only thing I've ever seen guitarists use them for.
#14
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That's the only thing I've ever seen guitarists use them for.

Maybe he means they're for accuracy training?

Seriously, you have to go back to playing it so freaking slow you look stupid and just make sure you hit everything perfectly. You'll improve so much faster that way. I catch myself trying to speed up too quickly and I have to just make myself play it at like 40 BPM, and after playing it like that a few times I find I can go back to the tempo I was playing at before and do it perfectly
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Maybe he means they're for accuracy training?

Seriously, you have to go back to playing it so freaking slow you look stupid and just make sure you hit everything perfectly. You'll improve so much faster that way. I catch myself trying to speed up too quickly and I have to just make myself play it at like 40 BPM, and after playing it like that a few times I find I can go back to the tempo I was playing at before and do it perfectly
Good point. Keep trying to force your speed up gets counterproductive - you just ending making mistakes, which means you're effectively praciticing playing it wrong. Slow down to where you can play it accurately so your fingers learn to play it right, instead of learning the mistakes.
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If you're accurate, you can be fast

Yeah, that's the whole point. There's not really such thing as "speed training". Like the unofficial GT catch phrase says "Speed is a byproduct of accuracy"
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#18
play at 141bpm until you can play it fluently then literally increase by 1 bpm and repeat. every 10 bpm or so go back down 5 and resume going up.
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