#1
I been playing for about 2 and a half months, and for the past week i been practicing the stairway to heaven solo. my left hand is able to hit the frets fast enough, but my accuracy and speed with a pick ( I learned with finger on my acoustic, just got an electric) isnt the greatest, and its causing me to mess up alot of the solo. What are some good exercises to speed it up and make it more accurate with a pick?
#2
just play it slow for a while and you'll get it
thats what i did

have you heard the stairway solo from how the west was won
#3
Quote by dave1221
just play it slow for a while and you'll get it
thats what i did

have you heard the stairway solo from how the west was won


Sadly, I dont even own how the west was won. Just IV.

But any ways, i can play it perfectly at 50%-80% speed, and i been playing it at that speed range for this past week, and for some reason I still keep screwing up at 100% speed. Another problem im having is that its sounding a bit doggy. But my main problem is that im just horrible with a pick, and its impossible to play this with my thumb/finger style.


I would post a video of me playing it so you guys could point out what im doing wroung, but sadly i dont have a camera
#4
when you play guitar you're actually playing faster than you think, if you did have a camera you would see what im talking about, anyways try playing along with the song.
#5
Quote by dave1221
when you play guitar you're actually playing faster than you think, if you did have a camera you would see what im talking about, anyways try playing along with the song.


I have, and what usualy happends is my right hand gets lost while my left does a pretty good job keeping up.

One guestion though, when your doing the solo, and on the first parts where its like
-----5---------------
-------8--5----------
7b-----------7--5--
---------------------5
----------------------
----------------------

when you go 8-5 and 7-5 and other times like that is it suposed to be lugato or do you pluck once for each note? Because I always pluck for every note, so that might be why im having troubles.
#6
its supposed to be played by pulling off on those notes but it sounds good anyway
#8
Dave is right.

In order to really get the Stairway solo down (or any reasonably fast solo, for that matter) it's important that you play with both downstrokes and upstrokes. If you always play with downstrokes, this may be a bit tricky to learn at first, but I can assure you it's worth it. You can play much faster and more accurately this way, and the sooner you learn how, the easier said learning will be.
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#9
try practising pentatonic sacales to start with a metronome using strict alternate picking moving to each string in turn then string skpping, one you have it weighed off use chromatic scales. You could also try anchoring your pinky finger on your picking hand on the guitar body, it helped me with my picking co-ordination when moving between strings, i dont know how or why it just did
#10
I also meant to add there are legato phrases if you pick them you will lose pages smoothness and feel for the solo
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Do you alternate pick?

that means upstroke and downstroke picking..how do you get better at that though?
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#13
Unless you're downstroking fast, it's all in the wrist, I find if you wanna downstroke fast that it's easier to use 25% arm and 75% wrist.
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try practising pentatonic sacales to start with a metronome using strict alternate picking moving to each string in turn then string skpping, one you have it weighed off use chromatic scales. You could also try anchoring your pinky finger on your picking hand on the guitar body, it helped me with my picking co-ordination when moving between strings, i dont know how or why it just did


Because it gave you a point of reference and a false sense of security and sooner or later you're going to hit a plateu and stay there until you realise you can't progress with that excess stress in your hand and until you realise there is a better way but you're scared of losing the progress you've made - you're going to stay at that plateau.

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that means upstroke and downstroke picking..how do you get better at that though?


You train your muscles to use the correct picking motion - and then reinforce that motion with practice.
#15
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Accuracy = Speed.

Dont ever train Speed, as if you just try to go fast, you will get sloppy, and in turn LOSE ACCURACY. looking at the formula: YES that means you will lose speed.

Train ACCURACY. Slow it with a metronome, the slower the better. quarter notes at 40 bpm are what i used to help my sense of rythmn and its done great and made my technique better too.