Playing Fast Tricks

This lesson is on how to appear to be playing a lot faster than you really are. Of course, there's no substitute for true speed, and there are a lot of lessons here and elsewhere covering this adequately, but in the meantime before you perfect this here are some tips on appearing to play very fast.

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Hi it's James again. This lesson is on how to appear to be playing a lot faster than you really are. Of course, there's no substitute for true speed, and there are a lot of lessons here and elsewhere covering this adequately, but in the meantime before you perfect this here are some tips on appearing to play very fast. The untrained ear (I. e. 80% of your audience) will never know the difference. Ok. One old trick is to use repetitive wide stretch patterns. Obviously this is easier the further up the neck you get. Try Fig 1 at a reasonable speed and you'll see what I mean:
Fig1:

E|----------------------------------------------12-15-18-19~---------|
B|-------------------------------------12-15-18----------------------|
G|----------------------------12-15-18-------------------------------|
D|-------------------12-15-18----------------------------------------|
A|----------12-15-18-------------------------------------------------|
E|-12-15-18----------------------------------------------------------|
It sounds like you are playing this
Fig2:

E|-------------------------------------------13-12-15-18 19~-------|
B|----------------------------------14-12-15-----------------------|
G|-------------------------13-12-15--------------------------------|
D|----------------13-12-15-----------------------------------------|
A|-------13-12-15--------------------------------------------------|
E|-12-15-----------------------------------------------------------|
So, by doing wide stretches, you can play complex patterns easily! This can also be applied to tapping :
Fig 3:
t p p p p h h h
E|-20-13-12-10-0-10-12-13--t-p-p--p--p-h--h--h------------|
B|------------------------20-13-12-10-0-10-12-13-etc.-----|
G|--------------------------------------------------------|
D|--------------------------------------------------------|
A|--------------------------------------------------------|
E|--------------------------------------------------------|
Have fun with this, I'll be back soon!

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    Oswald
    F**k no! Always in tab!!! Or sometimes it is actually good in chords.....
    *kill'emall*
    singurel wrote: ok, i started lpaying guitar recently, and i`m a clumsy beginner.i want to know what`s better:to put your fingers on the chords in the frets before you start picking with the right hand nad play a cluster at a time , or to change the fretting hand position as you play the song.I find some songs easyer to play the first way but some i can`t play like that(maybe i suck, i dunno) but i can if i try the 2nd way i said... what`s betteR?
    depends on the song you're playing: if it's slow enough, play the first way; if it's faster, play the second way If you want to play Metallica, for example, you'd want to learn how to move your hand on the frets as you play. keep practicing
    Snoops
    wow it looks to me like UG Stranger has no fvckin life at all cuz everysong or lesson i look at there he his posted again saying something stupid or just tslking to himself
    metal_man696
    man UG stranger is so stupid he's arguing with himself its so funny. Quote UG stranger: The middul finguh ,!,,
    ChildOfBodom666
    It's a great idea, but I can play the "more complex" part faster... But it's a good lesson anyways, thanks man
    ph0
    It doesn't take a lifetime to learn how to read notes. I was 3 when I learned. If you really want to become a better guitarist then you've gotta be patient and take time to learn something rather then going by tabs all the time - nothing against tabs though, but really, if you're trying to pull off guitar by pure tabs, don't expect a future in music. Other then that, good, short lesson, learned something.
    ace_lester
    didnt work for me..i like to play it faster than doing shortcuts..thx anyweyz
    *kill'emall*
    ChildOfBodom666 wrote: It's a great idea, but I can play the "more complex" part faster... But it's a good lesson anyways, thanks man
    i should have put that quote above
    singurel
    ok, i started lpaying guitar recently, and i`m a clumsy beginner.i want to know what`s better:to put your fingers on the chords in the frets before you start picking with the right hand nad play a cluster at a time , or to change the fretting hand position as you play the song.I find some songs easyer to play the first way but some i can`t play like that(maybe i suck, i dunno) but i can if i try the 2nd way i said... what`s betteR?
    Mr. Kill
    it is easier but not neccesery (im arab ok so dont give me a heachache coz i couldnt spell that ) anyways.. i think that fig2 isnt that much harder .. nice lesson anyways i guess but completly useless to me sorry ?
    Spanner
    Good lesson, but why would anyone want to appear faster? I dont, I just want my music to sound as soulful and meaningful as possible.
    Yoda_is_real
    perfec_circl84 wrote: UG Stranger's shouldn't be allowed to post. Bunch of dipshits.
    yeah
    Zakattak264
    these guys are right, speed cant be substituted (try sweeps or even better, scales, modes, and arpeggios). and precision is better than speed any day, but this can also build up confidence in a beginner and him/her spread out from there. one of the rules that i follow is that if u cant play it at regular speed, slow it down and build up on it. peace the fukk out...
    meteor685
    just do the Tom Hess Guitar practice secrets method, it actually work, it may seem like his stuff is full of shit, but it actually works
    BloodForVictory
    why do you complain like little babies?just read the artilce and if you dont like it go elsewhere.
    GlitteryGold
    hang on a minute...lol why the *** dont you just play fig 2 because its no ***in harder than fig 1 and then the ***in trained ear who will probably spot you out when playing fig 1; won't. HA! why do I come here?
    YngwieM
    I kinda don't get the point in this...why don't you just try and learn to play fast so you can impress the trained ear as well???
    sepulmosher
    the stretching version is harder to play and i agree with YngwieM just learn fast, makin shortcuts n stuff aint gonna help
    drowsy2maggie
    What can I say? Let's start with, IF YOU'RE A BEGINNNER, MAYBE YOU SHOULD THINK MORE ABOUT PRECISION THEN SPEED? No really, I can't stress this more. Get out of here and maybe learn to be versatile in both chords and tabs. Ooh. But it's just the start.
    chriswanker
    I think using these tricks as a substitute for speed and precision is pointless, but at the same time, some of these ticks have their uses. I particularly like using a E B G D A 0h2h4 D 0h2h4 type riff, in a f#min context, while in drop d. try it, it sounds pretty good.
    chriswanker
    well the tab got screwed up, it should look more like this E ----- B ----- G ----- D ----- A -----0h2h4 D 0h2h4-----
    Lainey
    You lot are a bunch of batties. Why don't you learn to read music! And just learn to play fast!