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Francesco Fareri sweeps 3 beats of an Am arpeggio at 33nps every chorus of “suspension”, and the tab was available off his official site. 12 notes to the beat at 165bpm.

Michael Romeo taps 32nds @ 172 in this video, so that's 22.93nps - thanks ZylitoL!

Jason Becker - In Paganini's 5th, at around 1 minute 40 secondish, in Jason plays 10 notes in .451 seconds, which comes to 22.17 nps, so the 21.3 that the powertab supposes is pretty accurate.(eco picked) I am getting Becker hitting anywhere from 8 to 12 notes in around .5 seconds, so the sweep claim made earlier of around 19-22 nps is accurate. (sweeps)

Steve Vai - 21.6 - the riddle, legato and tapping.

Shane Gibson - 21.3 - the sweeps throughout EmoVillagePillage here.

Paul Gilbert on "snakebite" - sextuplets at 205, we have ourselves 20.5nps!

Shawn Lane has definitely picked his trademark diminished string skips at 19.5nps (8 notes alternate picked, one economy picked. ). Also he preforms a 6 and a 9 in 0.735s on Power Licks, which is 20.4nps.

Guthrie Govan - Tapping in Fives as performed for Blues Jam Tracks, 32nd notes at 152 BPM for 20.267nps.

Allan Holdsworth has the greatest legato technique in the world, but I've been hard pressed to find a run that shows off his sheer speed. I've found a lick in "Heavy Machinery" thats sextuplets at 200bpm (20nps), string skipped and stretchy! This doesn't illustrate his flexibility or imagination, however, and I strongly recommend you go and listen to some of this man's playing immediately.

TheShred201 -
20 NPS for a diminished, 3-note-per-string, string skipping legato lick in the song Outworld by Outworld (Rusty Cooley). The 20 nps makes sense since it's 32nds at somewhere around 150 BPM, possibly a little over that I believe. It lasts for well over a second too...
Most of his alternate picking licks are around 16nps
http://youtube.com/watch?v=nRWnUApF52U

John Petrucci plays some terrifying legato runs at around 20nps on the song “Animate-Inanimate”, and pretty much all his Dream Theatre picking solos are around 14/15nps, so please don’t ask about them.

Chris Storey from All Shall Perish playing 32nds at 150. - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iIdwy96BuwM ( 1:26) - which is 20nps.

Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal clocks in at 19.8nps during “I can’t play the blues” , doing some stretchy tapping nonsense.

Evil_Empire24-7 submitted this un- George Lynch - Wicked Sensations 19.8 NPS from total guitar magazine 2001. (No info on technique used, or bar, etc)


Frank Gambale has hit 19.3 nps on 6.8 Shaker.

Zaphod_Beeblebr - Paul Gilbert - In the studio version of Bliss (from the album Burning Organ) there are a few licks good for 32nds at 141bpm which is 18.8nps.

ZylitoL -Marty Friedman in Concerto - Five 32nd sweeps at 140bpm @ bar 152 according to my GP file. That's 18.7nps.

Yngwie Malmsteen on blitzkreig (32nds at 140) - 18.6 alt picked.

John 5 -In Perineum, the song with Steve Vai, John 5 hits a nice 32nds @ 138 bpm = 18.4 nps

Derryl Gable - on Visions and Dreams, economy picked line during the "acoustic" solo is 13s at 85bpm = 18.4 nps

Joe Satriani plays 32nd note 5's at 110bpm in the solo in Ice 9 (left hand legato) , which is 18.3nps. and 32nds at 138 in 'cant slow down', which is 18.4nps.

Quote by Steve08
According to this tab, Paul Ryan of Origin sweeps 32nd notes @ 135 bpn, at around bar 26 for several measures, or at 1:17 here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N0n2Ew2RS4o
(terrible song/band in my opinion, but speed is speed)

32nds at 135 = 18 nps.



Buckethead - 16nps on a lesson vid. Alt picking - and 17.8 nps on a tapping thing on jump man. Those are the only accurate speeds I can find.
Also -
Originally Posted by TheShred201
If the tempo's are correct in the GP on this site of Buckethead Lesson 3, he hits 17.33nps alt picking and later sweeping (32's at 130).

(Take a look at this monstrosity as well - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=czpwrg8zNls#t=1m3s )

TheShred201 - Jeff Loomis sweeps 2 beats of 16th note 7's @ 160 BPM, for 18.67 NPS. That's just under a second, so if you want to do an average & add the next beat of sextuplets, it's 17.78 NPS. That's in the section from Devil Theory 3:17-3:31 as tabbed by his instructional DVD/Booklet published by guitar world.

Steve08 - Steinar Gundersen from Spiral Architect gets 32nd notes at 130 on Fountainhead at different parts, one is alternate picking and the other is legato. That's 17.33 nps.

gimme_fuel_89 - James Root from Slipknot plays consistent 5s at 200bpm on the first solo of "Welcome", which is 16.6nps.

Colton165 - Tosin Abasi plays the intro sweep/economy picking in "CAFO" at 16th note triplets at 156 bpm. 15.6 nps.

Prophet of Page- I clocked Eric Johnson earlier, he hits an EXCEPTIONALLY clean 15nps on a repeated pentatonic (2 notes per string) lick, all picked on "Ah Via Musicom", maintained for several seconds.

Tony Macalpine plays 8th note triplets at 300bpm on “hundreds of thousands”. (15nps)

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Andy LaRocque plays some alt. picked sextuplets for a full bar in the second solo of Black Horsemen by King Diamond, at 150bpm. What is that, 15 NPS or something?
Yes it is, actually. Andy LaRocque, 15nps.

Bleeding in the Brain, at 2:52, Ron Jarzombek sweeps 16ths at 220bpm, which is 14.6nps - although he's done lots of faster licks and we can't transcribe them.

Al DiMeola's NPS on Mediterranean Sundance on the “Friday Night In San Francisco” album smoothly flies along at a superclean 14nps.


If you’re thinking of submitting something, first of all – is it real? Or is it just a tiny snap second in a half tabbed solo with the wrong tempo? Secondly, if it’s sloppy, it’s not going on the list. If we can’t be reasonably sure that the nps is correct, we’re not putting it on the list (N.B., this means all those youtube shredders claiming 58nps can just piss off, quite frankly). We aren’t going to put you on the list, these players have to play these licks on the night, in front of hundreds of people, and if they were in their bedrooms with a webcam, they’re probably faster than Rusty as well.

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#2
I can sweep at 400bpm

does that me better than those guys?

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Quote by Kymble
I can sweep at 400bpm

does that me better than those guys?

xxx


First off, I highly doubt you can cleanly sweep at 400 bpm (notice that 'cleanly' is the key word.) And even if you can, you'll need to submit a recording so we can verify it. And just exactly how many notes are you sweeping for each beat? Oh, and no it wouldn't make you better, just faster.
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Quote by Kymble
I can sweep at 400bpm

does that me better than those guys?

xxx



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Btw this is mainly strict alternate picking (mainly) not economy picking so yours wouldn't count I don't think.
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Quote by Scorzerci
Btw this is mainly strict alternate picking (mainly) not economy picking so yours wouldn't count I don't think.



Now, maybe I'm just a n00b but, aren't economy picking and alternate picking the same thing?
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#9
Uh.. Sweeping and economy picking are unrelated.
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Quote by Scorzerci
Btw this is mainly strict alternate picking (mainly) not economy picking so yours wouldn't count I don't think.


No, its willjay who does only strict alternate, here we have tapping (if it's fast for TAPPING) and sweeping and all that silly quick nonsense.

Thats one reason willjay's list looks so much more conservative than this one - rusty can sweep like a mofo, but willy counts only his alternate picking - and Shawn lane's very fastest licks (like the 9s, or or his ridiculous legato) often contain legato string changes and economy picking...

Basic point is - if you want a list of the fastest ALTERNATE PICKERS, go to willjay - his list is dead accurate, afaik, and it's quite nifty with all the sound clips. If you want to hear the most "Notes in a second" regardless of technique, look at this list.
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#11
How about Michael Angelo Batio? (Or rather, the robot that was made to look like him) He may not be the fastest in the world, but i think it'd be cool to know how fast he can play.

Video link.
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Quote by Freepower
No, its willjay who does only strict alternate, here we have tapping (if it's fast for TAPPING) and sweeping and all that silly quick nonsense.

Thats one reason willjay's list looks so much more conservative than this one - rusty can sweep like a mofo, but willy counts only his alternate picking - and Shawn lane's very fastest licks (like the 9s, or or his ridiculous legato) often contain legato string changes and economy picking...

Basic point is - if you want a list of the fastest ALTERNATE PICKERS, go to willjay - his list is dead accurate, afaik, and it's quite nifty with all the sound clips. If you want to hear the most "Notes in a second" regardless of technique, look at this list.


where is willjays list?
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Hey, if tapping is included, get Buckethead on this list pls.
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Hey, those ****in noobs can offer suggestions, though it'd be nice for someone to find something instead of me doing all the searching and maths...im looking for some BH now, and im going to add willjay's list at the bottom. (with all credit due, of course)

How about Michael Angelo Batio? (Or rather, the robot that was made to look like him) He may not be the fastest in the world, but i think it'd be cool to know how fast he can play.


He's on it.
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Is there a list anywhere from Wiljay In order of the fastest to slower ?
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#19
Becker consistantly alt. picks 16 nps. (Multiple songs, Anchored)
Sweeps on Serrana in Solo-Live in Japan from 19-22 nps.

I had a long dissertation backing ^ somewhere. I'll type another one in a bit.


And we gota get some updated Impellitteri on there. 13.6? That's pathetic. I can even go that high on a good day.

Edit: Just searched, and the info backing the Serrana sweeps is in the Random Shred Chat. No way am I looking through all of that. I'll be typing another one.
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Yeah, it's pretty low for a fastest guitarists list
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Steve Morse
Steve once played 14 notes per second in the song "Tumeni Notes" from
the album "High Tension Wires".


Marty Friedman
Marty once played 15 notes per second in "Ashes in your Mouth" from the
album "Countdown".


Yngwie Malmsteen
Yngwie limit was 16.8 notes per second in "Far beyond the Sun" from
"Rising Force".


Nuno Bettencourt
Nuno played 17 notes a second in "He-Man Women Hater" from "Pornograffitti".


Joe Satriani
The Legato Master once played 17.6 notes per second in "The Mystical Potato
Head Groove Thing" from "Flying In a Blue Dream".


Eddie Van Halen
Eddie once played 18.7 nps in "You Really Got Me" from "Van Halen".
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mm k...i'm curious how long have these guys been playing? shawn lane looks pretty old (and big too )


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#28
haha at first I thought you were going to post my nps.

I think it would be a good idea to separate all the nps scores into categories based on the ones that are picked and the ones that are tapped/legato.
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Quote by scheck006
haha at first I thought you were going to post my nps.

I think it would be a good idea to separate all the nps scores into categories based on the ones that are picked and the ones that are tapped/legato.

You're fast enough to make that list. I want proof.
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scheck006
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haha, no I'm not fast enough. I've never really been able to pick faster than 16ths at 210bpm.
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Tsk tsk, anchoring...

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#34
I don't really see what the big deal with anchoring is... 2 of the fastest players in the world (Fareri and Batio) both anchor so it can't impede your playing that much...
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#36
I don't really see what the big deal with anchoring is... 2 of the fastest players in the world (Fareri and Batio) both anchor so it can't impede your playing that much...


It just so happens that the licks that those players play arn't difficult, they are just fast.
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#37
Well I've taken the liberty to neaten up the list for you guys, I've put it in order and I've labelled all of them (apart from Gilbert and Lynch - I'm not sure on those two) as to what technique was used for it.

You may even notice I've looked up a couple of things for myself and updated them. Fareri is infact 33nps, not 32. Ron Thal is infact 28nps. Impillitteri I made out to be 17.8nps - on the same song, the original number of 20.1 was taken because he does one sextuplet grouping in the song, fair enough, if he'd kept that up he'd have played 20.1, but he only does it for one beat. Instead he plays 16 notes over 3 beats, and at there being just over 3 beats a second I made it out to be 17.8nps. If any of these calculations are incorrect please set me straight! Here you go:

Francesco Fareri ? 33nps ? Suspension (6 string sweeping)

Ron Thal ? 28nps ? Hands (legato)

Rusty Cooley ? 24.7nps ? Under The Influence (legato and sweeping)

Michael Angelo Batio - 23.3 nps ? No Boundaries (sweeping)

Jeff Hanneman ? 23.2 ? Angel of Death (legato)

Steve Vai - 21.6 - The Riddle (legato)

Paul Guilbert ? 20.5nps - Snakebite

George Lynch ? 19.8 - Wicked Sensations

Frank Gambale - 19.3nps - 6.8 Shaker (alternate picked)

Yngwie - 18.6 ? Blitzkrieg (alternate picked)

Shawn Lane ? 18nps (at least ? possibly up to 27) ? Trademark lick (alternate picked)

Chris Impellitteri ? 17.8 ? Race Into the Light (alternate picked)

Tony Macalpine ? 15nps ? Hundreds of Thousands (alternate picked)

John Petrucci ? 14nps ? Various songs (alternate picked)

Al DiMeola - 14nps ? Mediterranean Sundance (alternate picked)


And now, for the odd ones ?

Marcus Paus ? is NOT 44.6nps ?Miscalculation: It?s damn fast but it?s not 44.

Allan Holdsworth - 37nps ? A self proclaimed ?moment of genius? also very hard to hear ? a one off.

Joe Satriani ? 32nps ? Flying in a Blue Dream (live) ? this seems to be common knowledge but I don?t know of a single person who?s ever seen/heard proof. Either way it?s a live one off, he?s never hit anything near that since.


Hope that helps
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#38
What about Jason Becker's sweeps of 19.31 nps averaged over 29 seconds?
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#39
Whats the song? And if you've got a tab you'll no doubt be able to find a faster section than 19.3 if its an average.
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