#1
what can you do to help develop speed on the guitar? scales? excersies? what im asking is this: do you gain speed simply by practicing, or is there more to it like certain techiques or something like that?

i practice scales and i can do hammer-ons/pull-offs, but i just cant seem to get any real speed. this especially goes for my picking hand. how in the hell am i supossed to pick 32nd notes!? and dont even get me started on tremolo picking. how do i tremolo pick and hit 32nd notes? i have no idea so help would be nice.
#2
1 word: metronome.
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#3
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1 word: metronome.


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#4
Start slowly, just to get the technique down. Once you have the technique down, you can start building speed, but don't sacrifice technique for speed. If you can't do it slowly, you certainly won't be able to do it fast. I always learn songs at a slower tempo, and gradually work up until I can play at full speed. That's just the best way to do it. Practice scales. Lots of scales. Practice scales until you get sick of scales, and then practice them some more. Excercises will also help. Better than that, though, learn some songs in addition to all that other stuff.
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#5
Quote by guitaristx11
what can you do to help develop speed on the guitar? scales? excersies? what im asking is this: do you gain speed simply by practicing, or is there more to it like certain techiques or something like that?

i practice scales and i can do hammer-ons/pull-offs, but i just cant seem to get any real speed. this especially goes for my picking hand. how in the hell am i supossed to pick 32nd notes!? and dont even get me started on tremolo picking. how do i tremolo pick and hit 32nd notes? i have no idea so help would be nice.


Practice your picking technique?
How do you pick?
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#6
i can play sorta fast and i don't use my right hand much at all actually

i'd just practice some exercises on the pentatonic scale and start trying to do some runs with that, using hammer-ons/pull-offs.
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#7
if there are riffs you are having trouble with, you can use Guitar Pro speed trainer.
#8
pick slow...then pick fast?
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#9
If you want to learn tremolo picking, play BYOB by SOAD. It ties you down and forces you to learn how to pick alternating.
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#10
Learn how to master alternate picking.
Practice MUCH scales, start slow, then go faster and faster with a metronome.
#11
Concentrate on playing accurately and cleanly - speed comes with time. A long time admittedly, you're talking months and years, not days and weeks.
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#12
No doubt about it

Accuracy is the most important aspect of it, if you learn to play fast & sloppy... the outcome will never be good.
#13
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Learn how to master alternate picking.
Practice MUCH scales, start slow, then go faster and faster with a metronome.

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#14
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No doubt about it

Accuracy is the most important aspect of it, if you learn to play fast & sloppy... the outcome will never be good.


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#15
Thats who I was thinking of when I typed that haha

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