Any of those three ways of using the metronome will improve your timing. Start SLOW and work your way up. Yes, they're also good ways of building speed, but theyre good for overall getting your timing together, as well as syncing your hands.
For practicing specific exercises, these are a few methods you can use.


Start slow, anywhere from 60-100 bpm(may vary outside of this range as well) depending on the rhythmic subdivision. Play the lick/exercise clean over and over until for a minute or two, or until you feel you can play it perfectly each time. Up BPM by 8. Rinse and repeat.

Other way:

Find the fastest bpm you can play an exercise at, then take this bpm and and subtract 40. Start from there, playing it until you can play it perfectly. Up bpm by 4 each time until you reach your initial bpm. By now you should be playing it more cleanly. Keep upping by 4 bpm until you cant play it anymore.

For those exercises that REALLY **** with you:

Start slow, slow enough that you can play it without any excess tension, movement, etc. Were talking the 40-60 range, maybe slightly more. Play the exercise over and over until you can play it perfectly clean and in time. Up the metronome by ONE bpm. Rinse and repeat until you hit your ceiling. For licks that are exceedingly difficult, this is probably the best method.

These are the three I make the most use of. Hopefully, they'll be of some benefit to you too! Cheers
To those who say you cant play metal with a strat:

Look up Karl Sanders from Nile and Jon Levasseur ex-Cryptopsy.
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Speed can come with practicing speed, true, but it will also come with practicing techniques and/or forms/scales.

Practicing just speed IMO, is a waste of time, because it will come with time anyways.

Also, there is a limit to how good anyone can be.

You CAN reach your limit, but it will take a long, LONG time to do so, and if you do reach your limit, you will be good. Very good.

Yes, there will eventually be a limit on how fast your body will physically let you play,but this is past 300 bpm at least (see: brain drill). I wasn't talking about just physical speed though. I don't believe there is a limit on how "good" of a guitar player you can be. There will ALWAYS be more you can learn, it's an ongoing process. No one has a day where they say "you know what, I know everything." People do plateau, both in terms of technical ability and musical creativity, but you've just got to push through and continue to have a desire to learn.

As for speed, I will agree and say that practicing speed to the exclusion of any kind of musicality is stupid. However, when it's used to enhance your music and create a different emotion, it is worth practicing. Yes, it's one of the more boring things to practice as you have to isolate tons of micro motions to get things working, but having technical mastery over the guitar is never a bad skill to have, as it enables you to play and create new things that might not have been otherwise possible.
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i think most people are predetermined for how good they could ever be before they even start playing.

This statement is UTTER bull****. All it takes is correct practice, and LOTS of it.
I've found that curling my fingers in makes me tense up my elbow, which obviously isnt good. Even after working on it for a couple months, open fingers still eliminated the elbow problem. The knife part of my hand is also less tense with open fingers. Experiment and find what works for you
Ya my pinky, while it does brush on the body, is free to move around. I'm not locking it down or applying any kind of pressure or pivoting on it. I've spent months analyzing my right hand technique and experimenting with various positions. Open fingers floating hand, Closed fingers floating hand, semi closed fingers floating hand, and open fingers with fingers brushing(current). Now that I'm actually aware of the muscles in my arm/hand, I can feel my hand relax using this position, while my elbow tenses using most others. Keep in mind I used the other hand positions first and eventually came up with this. Also, only the very tip of my thumb/pointer finger touch each other, causing my remaining three fingers to relax and fall down. If I pull my pointer finger in more, the remaining three fingers get pulled up and hover above the guitar, making my fingers brushing the guitars physically difficult because i would have to press them down. At that point, it would be anchoring. I think how clenched the fingers that hold the pick are makes a huge difference in how relaxed the rest of your hand is. Since my remaining fingers are very relaxed, they fall down naturally, making this a natural position.
Sound kinda sucks, but heres a video of my right hand.

I am NOT pushing my pinky into the guitar, or fixing it in one place. It is resting there most of the time, but you'll see what I mean
I would actually debate anchoring with you guys. Ive found that as my right hand has become more developed, my thumb and point finger do not have to scrunch up as much. As they extend further outward, the other 3 fingers relax and drop down instead of sticking straight out. My pinky does touch the guitar, but I do not apply any sort of pressure and it moves freely as my hand does. I've been obsessive over technique for the past 2 years, and i've found that having my fingers curled in, even while relaxed, causes my elbow to tense up and my arm to hurt physically. Having the fingers stuck out over the guitar also causes my elbow to tense as I have to lift them up to get them there instead of letting them fall to a natural state of rest. As a result of this, I actually went from floating to letting my fingers rest on the guitar, so don't tell me I only anchor because ive never tried floating. Personally, I think its fine for my fingers to brush the guitar, as long as im not pushing them into it and I'm not using them as a pivot point. I feel my entire arm relax this way in comparison to forcing my hand to float. Do what you guys will, I thought id just throw in my 2 cents.
Hmm, I wasn't only playing one song, just kinda of switching around and showing off tones. Thats weird that the audio would be muddy or such, its coming through perfectly clear here. Also, could I get an example of where my timing is off?
Hey guys, finally got around to doing a video of one of my main guitars. I was just messing around with some songs and stuff, let me know what you think was good/could be improved!
How has Shawn Lane not been mentioned yet?
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touching the body of the guitar does not necessarily = anchoring.

anchoring is when your hand is "fixed" on the guitar, where it limits movement and creates tension.


I REST my pinky on the guitar. I do not press into it or pivot my hand on that pinky. I simply rest it, as it relieves tension.
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Downpick it and work your way up to speed. If you're playing metal, it'll help develop your right hand a lot. Everything in MOP is downpicked, excluding the interlude and the solos.
I use index and ring for 2 notes. Index, ring, and pinky for adding the octave.

Most of the time I add the octave.
Awesome man! I also had a fear of rollercoasters up until I was about 13. Finally went on top gun at Great America when I was 13. I'm still not the biggest fan of rollercoasters, but i'm fine with them for the most part.

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Lol never heard the bird one. My mother used to always tell me if you start choking randomly, someone is talking about you.

No, that just means you inhaled your own spit like a dumbass.
Ah, I thought it was something in the control cavity.

Fixed it up now.

Thanks a lot!
Hey guys, I've got a volume pot on my RG7620 that is loose, as in the pot actually wiggles back and forth. What exactly do i need to tighten so that it stops moving? Pics/diagrams would be appreciated =). Thanks!
The pear?

-incoming banhammer-
I don't see any pics or vid
1mm Blue Tortex.

I use em on the sides though, not the tip, ala George Lynch/Steve Morse
Get the Carvin. I've got a DC127 and an EC1000, and although I love my EC, the carvin is superior in almost every way.
Thanks all!

I've also gone over this with my teacher now, as well as my picking technique. I've pretty much settled on the blue 1mm tortex.

I'm actually not a fan of the Jazz III. I played em for a while, then realized that personally, I can pick faster and more accurately with a normal shaped pick. I guess im the opposite of the norm, but its what works for me!
Aren't fall out boy/MCR and most other mainstream bands sell outs to begin with?

If you want the jazz shape with a smoother tip, get the 2.0mm or 3.0mm stubby(small jazz shaped)
Take the pre teen Choose Your Own Adventure and write it in spanish.
You can't explain the exact way to do it, you have to discover it for yourself. Use your diaphragm.

note to severed-metal: if you're doing it right, you shouldnt **** up your voice at all.
I play metal mainly, so I'm looking for something that does metal rhythms well as well as very fast shred leads.

I don't know why I'm obsessing over this so much, but I just can't seem to decide on a pick. I have well over 25 different kinds of picks and I still can't settle on one.
Hey all, I've been playing for about 2.5 years now, and something that has really been bugging me lately is my pick choice. I can't seem to find a pick that can do everything well. Either its good for rhythm but bad for leads, or the other way around. I just don't seem to be able to get along with one particular pick for everything. I know it's been done to death, but does anyone have any suggestions for an all around pick and why?
Lowest I've ever tuned any of my guitars was drop A.
Build speed on your tremolo slowly. Don't anchor your hand to the body, you should be able to tremolo/alt pick unanchored much faster once you get used to it.