#1
Hello,
I just started to work on my soloing and wanted to know if you have some tips or advice for me :-)
Thanks
#2
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#3
Work on what lets you play fast, and speed will follow Work on accuracy, economy of movement, finger tension, finger independence and short pick movements for example.
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Last edited by BlueIceBox at Feb 12, 2014,
#4
You build speed 1bpm at a time. The faster the pulse, the more economical you have to move. Now is a good time to check your form and ensure that your efficiency is solid. What kind of picking do you use, TS?

Maybe check out this book:

http://www.amazon.com/Guitar-Aerobics-One-lick---day-Maintaining/dp/1423414357/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1392163204&sr=8-1&keywords=guitar+aerobics
#5
Before you look for speed, make sure that everything is clean at the speed you're going. Any idiot with a guitar can play 17 notes per second, but only the few who have worked hard at it can do it cleanly. Cleanliness is much more important than speed.

With that said, if you are playing cleanly at your current speed, just work toward your target speed with a metronome. Find a speed that you can do it at comfortably and perfectly 5 times in a row. Then go about 4 or 5 beats faster. Once you get comfortably there and can play it over and over without any problems, increase it again. Rinse and repeat.

On a side note, if you ever get to a point where you just can't seem to get it or it's not coming together, push the envelope a bit. Let's say you're at 170 bpm and you want to get to 175. Go past 175 to like 185 and try it there as best you can. Then go back to 175 and it might seem a bit easier.
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#6
Glad this thread exists because I have a related question. I've heard that Stylus Picks are good for improving picking speed, but can you comfortably play chords with them too..? I'd imagine that the thing that stops you from playing a string 'wrong' would stop you from playing chords or at least make playing chords more difficult.
#7
Don't focus on speed, focus on playing well. Focus on playing accurately, cleanly and relaxed and speed will develop naturally with time. Focus on music.

This is seriously some of the best advice you'll get, many players that "chase" speed often do that and care more about the speed than how their playing sounds. You can play one million notes but none will like it if they sounds sloppy. So making sure you are playing relaxed and that everything is accurate, meaning you NEVER make a mistake while practicing, is the best thing you can do. Practice makes permanent, not perfect. Perfect practice makes perfect.


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Glad this thread exists because I have a related question. I've heard that Stylus Picks are good for improving picking speed, but can you comfortably play chords with them too..? I'd imagine that the thing that stops you from playing a string 'wrong' would stop you from playing chords or at least make playing chords more difficult.


Yeah, they are really good at improving picking speed. They are just as good as all other picks out there. Picks are mainly about tone and not that they benefit you in any way when it comes to developing certain techniques. A thinner pick is going to give you a slightly different tone than a thick pick, and a pick made out of wood will sound slightly different from one made out of metal.
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