#1
I recently started to play more than I usually do, and after a week, my speed increased by 40 BPM, I want to get to 240 (playing 2 notes per beat), even though it's another extra 50, gap from 190 to 240 feels like something impossible to accomplish.

Just curious how long did it took people around here to get to 240, or what speed are you right now and how long have you been playing?

I'm really not all about the speed, but in the same time, I hate that I'm slow.
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why does it matter, ive never even checked my speed.
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#3
240? Uh, Just 120 double time. Speed is achievable with time and practise. For example, Eruption is 94 BPM
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240? Uh, Just 120 double time. Speed is achievable with time and practise. For example, Eruption is 94 BPM


He's playing 16ths (from what I gathered from that post).
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I dont really play for speed or check it. Usually when I improvise I try to play slower meolid stuff with small little bursts.
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don't forget that they wear diamond crystal gloves when they play. for added speed
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I recently started to play more than I usually do, and after a week, my speed increased by 40 BPM, I want to get to 240 (playing 2 notes per beat), even though it's another extra 50, gap from 190 to 240 feels like something impossible to accomplish.

Just curious how long did it took people around here to get to 240, or what speed are you right now and how long have you been playing?

I'm really not all about the speed, but in the same time, I hate that I'm slow.



You should really try putting more notes per click in. It's not nearly as hard to time 2 notes per click at 240 (8th Notes) as it is 4 per click at 120 (16th notes), or 8 per click at 60 (32nd notes), or 16 at 30 (64th notes).

Doing chromatics at 240 playing 8ths really isn't that fast, about 480 notes in a minute. It's good you're practicing speed, but you should practice with 16th notes, not 8th notes.
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I don't think it matters how fast your playing is, i think it's more about how clean you play. I'm sure any person could pick up a guitar a tremelo pick and flail his fingers at the fret board and get a rediculous speed.
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I don't think it matters how fast your playing is, i think it's more about how clean you play. I'm sure any person could pick up a guitar a tremelo pick and flail his fingers at the fret board and get a rediculous speed.


Practicing speed licks, and techniques builds upon your ability to play accurately.
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Play at a medium speed until it's effortless, then step up the tempo. If you start trying to play way faster than you can, you'll get tired and discouraged.
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+1

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You should really try putting more notes per click in. It's not nearly as hard to time 2 notes per click at 240 (8th Notes) as it is 4 per click at 120 (16th notes), or 8 per click at 60 (32nd notes), or 16 at 30 (64th notes).

Doing chromatics at 240 playing 8ths really isn't that fast, about 480 notes in a minute. It's good you're practicing speed, but you should practice with 16th notes, not 8th notes.

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Also to add to the above, it also matters what exactly you are playing. If your doing just scales at that speed, that doesn't translate into actual speed. You should be able to do all sorts of excercises at that speed. Otherwise its just muscle memory helping you out and when it comes to playing other things you'll fall flat.
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Shred and Blues ftw


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yep.. 8th notes at 240 is 16ths at 120, which is how most "speed" is measured at..

in the drumming forum i frequent all speed is measured at 16th notes. some of the people can hit their kickdrums at a seemingly impossible 280 bpms with 16th notes. (george kollias from nile). measured in 8ths that would be 560 bpms. does your metronome go that high?
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#22
Nobody cares, just play. The worst thing any guitarist can do is get hung up on speed - it's simply not important in the greater scheme of things. Accuracy, phrasing, theory knowledge, improvisational skills...hell, even rock star poses are more important. Speed develops naturally as you get better, as long as you practice regularly it'll come. If you try to play faster you'll just screw up, but honestly, whay are you bothered? The only real use for knowing how fast you can play is so you can engage in pissing contests with like-minded players - for most of us, we just want to play music.
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speed on guitars can be just like speed on a car.. driving a car at 40km/h will get you where you need to go.. so will driving at 400km/h.

you will end up at your destination one way or another but sometimes its fun to go at 400km/h..
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speed on guitars can be just like speed on a car.. driving a car at 40km/h will get you where you need to go.. so will driving at 400km/h.

you will end up at your destination one way or another but sometimes its fun to go at 400km/h..

True, but if you concentrate solely on driving at 400km/h rather than other factors like curves in the road, other cars etc then you're going at worst crash or at best miss out on a whole lot of pretty scenery.

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#25
If you want to go for speed and that mean to play a million times with a metronome a bunch or chromatics exercise, go for it. But don't take that as your main priority, if you have 2 hours to practice, then put 30min on developing speed and the rest for understanding the theory and try to apply it to the guitar.
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#26
Like I sad, I'm not hung up on speed, I just want to get my hands get synchronized at higher speed. Every week I learn a new scale all over the fretboard and then improvise, and slowly increase the temp until I feel I'm not relaxed anymore, start to make mistakes and start to lose synchronization. It's just when I jam with my friends or 'jam' alone, theres always a part, that just asks for a quick fast lick, but I just have to skip it. For me, dynamics and fast licks are ****in' awesome combination.
#27
A great exercise for Speed & Accuracy is something off the John Petrucci video. Everything is done at 66 BPM.

Set your metronome at 66 BPM, and play quarter notes. It may be slow, but MAKE SURE THE SPACES IN-BETWEEN NOTES IS CONSTANT AND ACCURATE.

Next play eighth notes, and get it cleanly and perfectly.

Next play play eighth-note triplets, and get it perfectly.

Next play sixteenth notes, get it perfectly.

Now it gets faster.

Next play sixteenth-note triplets, BE SURE TO GET THIS PERFECT.

Lastly, play thirty-second notes, when you can do this perfectly, you're on a fast road to speed success.


This is great for speed, accuracy, and timing. Good luck.
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Playing slow on guitar is playing fast.
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+1 on that