A few of you have asked me about how you can play faster, so this video on guitar speed exercises is in response to that. I realize I'm not a string shredding speed demon from Mars like some of the guys you'll find online, but at the same time, I can play fast enough when the circumstance requires. In this video I cover a few of the basic techniques you'll need to start boosting your speed.
First off, the most important thing to know is that you're never going to be a fast and accurate guitar player without lots and lots of practice. (I mean ANYONE can be fast, but you want to be fast AND accurate, while sounding good, right? We're not just talking about gluing six picks to your cordless drill and playing one note 943 times per second!)
So you might as well get used to the fact right now that you're going to have to practice lots to get fast. But don't let that be a downer. Done right, practicing can be a lot of fun. Just make sure you're getting familiar with your scales.
Secondly, the 'down-up' technique I mentioned in the video is ultra important. As far as guitar speed exercises go, this one is super important. If you can't get this technique down, it WILL be a glass ceiling in your playing, and it will be hard to ever break through that without correcting bad habits.
Thirdly, if you want to sound faster than you actually are, trying using hammer-ons as I demonstrated, and use those to boost your speed, if only until you can actually catch up with your normal picking speed.
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