#1
The thing is, all my fingers are double jointed.

So it`s really hard for me to move my fingers fast and smoothly.

I can play chords perfectly but soloing is really hard.

I practice scales, I can play them slow but not fast.
#4
start a random lick slowly and them start to build up the speed
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#5
Double-jointedness is a myth, stop making excuses and practice.
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Double-jointedness is a myth, stop making excuses and practice.

I was about to say that
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Double-jointedness is a myth, stop making excuses and practice.


Agreed.

Practice, practice, practice.... there is no way around it.

Personally, I'm glad there's no easy way around it. Makes you earn your stripes. Plus, it gives new appreciation for what your favorite guitar god is doing when you watch them do something amazing.
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#8
Alot of people try to play fast right away or dont practice correctly and so they can never build up speed. What you need to do is slow the speed down ALOT and take out your metronome. I usually start something at about 40 - 50 bpm and play it over and over again. You also have to be very accurate while practicing so if you are still messing up alot at a super slow speed slow it down even more. Then after practicing it for a couple of weeks you should be able to build up more speed. Depending on how difficult of a solo you are trying to tackle it could take months to get it up to the correct speed.

Just remember that there are no short cuts to playing fast.
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Double-jointedness is a myth, stop making excuses and practice.


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#11
am all one fer speed cause am a metal player so obviously it goes with the territory but ,,,, so what? at the risk of jumping on the bandwagon speed is not the deciding factor in the quality of ones playing its learning to be creative and spee should merely be a secondary skill that you can incorparate into your playing so dont go mental and panic cause you cant play like steve vai just build the speed up gradually over time
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#12
you could try economy picking maybe..?
so you play 12 14 15 on every string ( 3 notes each string going up )
down stroke, up stroke, down on every string going up
that way every time you finish the 3 notes your pick is already touching the next string so there's no pause in between your notes
this will take practise but it works
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#13
Practice. Pentatonic scales and chromatic scales. Practice Slowy and Smoothly picking up and down.`Ur not ready for solos yet
#14
There are imperfections that make it harder to maneuver your fingers for some people. There are ways around it, the only remedy is practice.
#15
Dude... Nevermind that person saying double jointed is a myth. I'm double jointed and got hung up on the same problem for a long time when I was learning... It seemed like no matter what I tried, I was stuck at this point because it was a physical issue (my fingers) not a learning issue (my brain). I stumbled upon a course I downloaded that was way better than the one I bought at the music store. I'd give it a try, I picked up my skill real fast once I got this and it taught me so much. http://www.teamguitarcourse.com/
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Dude... Nevermind that person saying double jointed is a myth. I'm double jointed and got hung up on the same problem for a long time when I was learning... It seemed like no matter what I tried, I was stuck at this point because it was a physical issue (my fingers) not a learning issue (my brain). I stumbled upon a course I downloaded that was way better than the one I bought at the music store. I'd give it a try, I picked up my skill real fast once I got this and it taught me so much. http://www.teamguitarcourse.com/


http://www.wisegeek.com/what-does-it-mean-to-be-double-jointed.htm

Double jointed-ness is a myth, what it actually means is that your fingers should be more mobile than normal people.

Suck it up and practice, there is no other way.
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http://www.wisegeek.com/what-does-it-mean-to-be-double-jointed.htm

Double jointed-ness is a myth, what it actually means is that your fingers should be more mobile than normal people.

Suck it up and practice, there is no other way.


The term itself is not quite a myth - I always understod it to simply mean that your joints flexed both ways and that's fairly common. Like you said though, all that does is increase mobility.

I've never actually heard of the "other" , incorrect, meaning of the term, namely having "double" the amount of joints.
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The term itself is not quite a myth - I always understod it to simply mean that your joints flexed both ways and that's fairly common. Like you said though, all that does is increase mobility.

I've never actually heard of the "other" , incorrect, meaning of the term, namely having "double" the amount of joints.


Well I suppose 'myth' is kind of the wrong word; it's more of a huge misnomer that everyone assumes to be a scientifically accurate name. The correct term would be 'hypermobility' I believe; it's got to do with the tendons and muscles around the joint in question rather than the actual joint itself.
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Well I suppose 'myth' is kind of the wrong word; it's more of a huge misnomer that everyone assumes to be a scientifically accurate name. The correct term would be 'hypermobility' I believe; it's got to do with the tendons and muscles around the joint in question rather than the actual joint itself.



Yeah, that's pretty much accurate. I don't think I've ever seen someone say double jointed in just what the name says it is.

Sometimes people who are double jointed can't move fast and be accurate because their tendons and ligaments sometimes snap (not break) past a certain point to bend further. When it snaps there is a gap of space that you can't really get to because your finger keeps snaping right by it.

It's very hard to explain, but I've seen it with a few people before and I have it in my index finger.
#20
I'm "double-jointed" and it doesn't help one damn bit. When I pull my fingers back like during a pull-off or something, if my fingers go back to far, they pop. What happens is, the one joint that was there before, splits into two joints. So actually, the term double jointed is correct in my case. It makes it very difficult to play fast. So I decided to concentrate on accuracy. Its much better to be precise than to be able to play something insanely fast. But I must say, wherever you guys are getting your information, you are greatly misinformed. Ask anyone who is double jointed.
#21
I have a near opposite problem, the last joint in my fingers do not bend, the tendon doesn't go into the last bone. But despite that problem, I continue to make progress through practicing.
#22
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So actually, the term double jointed is correct in my case.


No, it really isn't; at no point does the joint actally split in two. It's just one joint that extends too far because your tendons aren't tight enough, the correct term is still "hypermobility".
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#23
buid up the muscles in your fingers with slow, accurate exercises. Metronome, slowly 157093265 times a day. [there or there abouts] and increase it by 10bpm each day or two days.

Speed is a by product of accuracy.

fast clean runs are some of the best sounding guitar tricks, faster sloppy are the worst.

Try :

e|-----------------------------------------1-2-3-4-4-3-2-1-----------------------------------------
b|---------------------------------1-2-3-4-----------------4-3-2-1---------------------------------
g|-------------------------1-2-3-4---------------------------------4-3-2-1-------------------------
d|-----------------1-2-3-4-------------------------------------------------4-3-2-1-----------------
a|---------1-2-3-4-----------------------------------------------------------------4-3-2-1---------
e|-1-2-3-4---------------------------------------------------------------------------------4-3-2-1-

e|--------------------
b|--------------------
g|--------------------    ect. :P
d|--------------------
a|---------2-3-4-5----
e|-2-3-4-5------------
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#24
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I have a near opposite problem, the last joint in my fingers do not bend, the tendon doesn't go into the last bone. But despite that problem, I continue to make progress through practicing.


V. good for you
it's not good to make excuses about this. practice is what it's all about!
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