#1
Hey. I'm an 18 year old boy that have played giutar for almost 10 years.

I feel that my left hand technique is good, but i am bottered by my right hand. First of all it's not fast enough, and second of all it's not tight enough. So when i try to play progressive riffs like Tool and stuff i can't do it tight.

Does anyone have any good tips for my problem?
And sorry for bad english, i'm norwegian :P
#2
IF u dont use a pick.. get one.
If u have one, learn to hold it properly..
Never move ur arm much.. jus ur wrist..
use ur pinky as a guide.
AND LASTLY , practice like hell .. doesnt matter if u play for 10 years.. all that matters is how much of heart and soul u put in it.. :P
#3
It's hard to know what the problem is without seeing you play, but here are some tips that might help.

- Make sure you are using a heavy enough pick.
- Hold the pick quite near the bottom so that not much of it is visible.
- Angle the pick slightly
- Watch your picking hand (at a slow speed if necessary) and notice whether you are doing anything wrong. If you are then:
- Practice with perfect technique at a slow speed (i.e. make very small movements with the pick, but without the notes sounding weak).
- Another thing you can do to build up speed in the right hand is 'bursts'. All you do is play a short 3 or 4 note sequence as fast as you possibly can. That helps your hand get used to playing at a very high speed and soon you'll be able to keep it up the same speed for longer sequences of notes. As long as you've got a good basic technique in place first, 'bursts' really will take your picking to the next level.
Originally posted by raygreendaystud
your a fag, listen to real music like green day, you moron
#4
Quote by nitarsh
IF u dont use a pick.. get one.
If u have one, learn to hold it properly..
Never move ur arm much.. jus ur wrist..
use ur pinky as a guide.
AND LASTLY , practice like hell .. doesnt matter if u play for 10 years.. all that matters is how much of heart and soul u put in it.. :P

Everything EXCEPT the bold. Using your pinky like that is anchoring and a bad habit. If you do it, it's not the end of the world, but at the end of the day it will do more harm than good.
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#5
Quote by shredfan
It's hard to know what the problem is without seeing you play, but here are some tips that might help.

- Make sure you are using a heavy enough pick.
- Hold the pick quite near the bottom so that not much of it is visible.
- Angle the pick slightly
- Watch your picking hand (at a slow speed if necessary) and notice whether you are doing anything wrong. If you are then:
- Practice with perfect technique at a slow speed (i.e. make very small movements with the pick, but without the notes sounding weak).
- Another thing you can do to build up speed in the right hand is 'bursts'. All you do is play a short 3 or 4 note sequence as fast as you possibly can. That helps your hand get used to playing at a very high speed and soon you'll be able to keep it up the same speed for longer sequences of notes. As long as you've got a good basic technique in place first, 'bursts' really will take your picking to the next level.

Also, I've never heard this before but it sounds like a good idea. I will definitely try that. Any videos or more detailed descriptions of it?
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#6
Quote by QuantumMechanix
Everything EXCEPT the bold. Using your pinky like that is anchoring and a bad habit. If you do it, it's not the end of the world, but at the end of the day it will do more harm than good.


dude.. actually a lot of top guitarists like petrucci recommend it .. although i must admit, i rather learnt to rest the base of the palm on the bridge and use it as a fulcrum... but it took a lot more time for me to play some licks properly (esp those that involve string skipping etc)...compared to some guys who used their pinkys.. but i guess it all boils down to personal preference in the end...
#7
Quote by QuantumMechanix
Also, I've never heard this before but it sounds like a good idea. I will definitely try that. Any videos or more detailed descriptions of it?


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zikuqLkmsxo

Danny Gill talks about it in this video. I honestly think this is the best way to build up speed in your picking hand.
Originally posted by raygreendaystud
your a fag, listen to real music like green day, you moron
#8
@Shredfan: Thanks! Makes sense to me. I'll try it.

@nitarsh I've never sen or heard of any relevant guitarist recommend anchoring. Not even Petrucci. It's not going to make or break your playing but it's undeniably a bad habit. It's a quick fix for being a bad guitarist and I've had this conversation way too many times on here
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#10
Thanks everyone! A lot of good advice that i will try out and see if my right hand gets any better
#11
And also! Does anyone have any good songs to recomend for practising being thighter? Not to fast, but still a challange!
#12
Pick a song you want to learn. Learn it. The song I recommend is whatever one you want to learn to play. You said you like Tool? Learn some of their stuff. That will definitely make you tighter.