Playing Arpeggios Fast. Part 1 - The Basics

author: 0000409D date: 11/24/2003 category: guitar techniques
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I seen this from Steve Vai's arpeggio duel in the movie "Crossroads," then I feel happy and transcribed it then share it to you all.


The Element Of Practice: How To Get Fast. Most people out there are like me. They play guitar and they have dreams of playing as fast as Yngwie Malmsteen, john Petrucci, Steve Vai, Paco de Lucia (who is my guitar hero), Al Di Meola, whoever. Bu most of you, like I used to, are probably wondering: How the heck do those guys get so fast? One thing we know is that those guys practiced. If you wanna be good at guitar, you have to remember, guitar is a discipline! Try to practice everyday as much as you can. And it's not how much you practice, but how you practice that makes a difference. When you practice you must have some goals in mind. Mine are Get Good, Get Fast, Get Accurate (not neccesarily in order of preference). To get fast you have to practice accuratly! Let's say you're practicing your scales. You are obviously not going to be able play 16th notes at 200bpm's on a metronome on you're first try. So maybe you should start with 16th notes at 40 or 60bpms (for those of you who don't know, 16th notes means you play 4 notes a click on your metronome). Practice your scales slow to gain control over them. When you have control at the slow speed (getting ccontrol might take a week or two depending on how much you practice, and remember to have goood technique when you are practicing them) you can now go to a faster speed. This faster speed will vary but here is the limit: the faster speed should be fast enough that you are a little bit sloppy. So for a begginer you start off at 60bpms. Don't suddenly shoot up to 140bpms, you'll never make it. Go to 80bpms. Going up 20bpms is usually safe, you'll be a bit sloppy but not too much. So you are now practicing at 80bpm 16th notes. Your fingers might start getting a little tired so take a break. When you think you've practiced enough, go back down slow to 60bpm. Practice a bit here then go up to 70bpms, then you're done (70 should be you're comforatable speed, but like I said it varies). Within time, you'll feel 80bpm is to easy so you might want to shoot up to 100. If 100 is too fast, then go up to 90. It all depends. Just always remember to make sure you're playing is accurate-that's why you should practice slow, to gain control, thats what you hould be striving for, control. That's what classical guitar is all about. This getting faster technique works for just about any excercise whether scales, chromatic octaves, arpeggios whatever. You wanna be pushing your limit but don't over do it. Later, I'll put up more exercises to practice that will help you're fingers increase in speed and skill.
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