#1
ive been listening to a lot more speed metal than i used to and have found that the guitarists i listen to have amazing fast right hand speed on some songs. Let me give an example

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xLRmzDNxdrA

thats the first song that really made me want to play faster. I know ive heard something like it from Metallica and they play even cleaner than this most of time.

Does anyone have any suggestions as to what kind of training i should do for this that doesnt involve cramping my hand up all the time?
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ive been listening to a lot more speed metal than i used to and have found that the guitarists i listen to have amazing fast right hand speed on some songs. Let me give an example

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xLRmzDNxdrA

thats the first song that really made me want to play faster. I know ive heard something like it from Metallica and they play even cleaner than this most of time.

Does anyone have any suggestions as to what kind of training i should do for this that doesnt involve cramping my hand up all the time?


You need to realize that this sort of thing does not come quickly at all, firstly the guys that play in bands like that have been playing, and playing that way, for years and therefore have huge amounts of picking hand stamina which is something that will only come with massive amounts of time.

You also need to realize that you cannot play that fast if you are tense so what you need to do is get hold of a metronome and start running practice drills slowly and with no tension and gradually speed up, all the while making sure that you are perfectly relaxed.
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You need to realize that this sort of thing does not come quickly at all, firstly the guys that play in bands like that have been playing, and playing that way, for years and therefore have huge amounts of picking hand stamina which is something that will only come with massive amounts of time.

You also need to realize that you cannot play that fast if you are tense so what you need to do is get hold of a metronome and start running practice drills slowly and with no tension and gradually speed up, all the while making sure that you are perfectly relaxed.

oh wow. thats really great advice. thanks alot. i now realize how tense my hands get when i get ready to play this stuff, so i'll focus on getting rid of that and play more loosely.
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they play fast because over all their years of experience they've developed perfect synchronisation between fingering and picking hands. this accuracy is what you must focus on instead of just attempting to play something fast and sloppy. this means doing your scales on very slow settings on a metronome, yes, VERY slow settings and you'll have to do this for a very long time, several hours a day if you want to see improvements in the near future.
you have to remember that these shredders have been playing for decades and their talent has come naturally over time. you can't see results overnight or maybe in a week or two.

lol. okay. im not a novice in terms of scale progression. i get all that. i was talking about the right hand speed alone like in the intro of the video i posted. that has nothing to do with left hand or synch. its just repition as Zaphod put it. doing the same picking over and over.
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sorry. misread and typed too fast etc. to learn that pattern you still do need to have good synchronisation since there is some form of a melody happening during the trem picking, changing a note every 12 or so strums. doing the crap i talked about above will help you get that intro section done much better.
but sure if you just want to learn to be able to strum an open string at high speeds just get a metronome and sit there doing it for a couple hours at a tempo where you're able to do it very easily without tensing your hand and practice at that tempo.

thanks, im pretty going to do that for awhile until my hand stops tensing up. after that, i think it will be a piece of cake to do the rest.
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#6
relax when you play, i know when i tremolo pick i tense up at my elbow and i dont know why, but now ive worked on relaxing i can do it faster
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#7
Tremelo picking just clicked with me after I learned miserilou after watching Pulp Fiction so you could try learning that, from there it naturally just got faster for me although I still have trouble with stamina so I imagine it takes a lot of time to build that up.
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