Many guitar players want to know how to increase guitar speed. They often ask me how to play guitar fast or what guitar speed training programs to follow. There isn’t a specific method I would recommend. I have tried a few of them myself over the years and found them somewhat helpful but ultimately not very practical. The best advice I can give is to learn songs. Each riff and solo you learn can be used as an exercise to improve technique and increase speed.
Accurate Alternate Picking
Speed comes from alternate picking and accuracy. If you can develop accurate alternate picking technique at slow speeds, then you can gradually work your way up to faster speeds. Just be sure to walk before you run. If you find yourself fumbling through a slow or moderately paced guitar song, then you’re not ready to try serious guitar shredding at a fast pace. Be patient and focus on your accuracy every step of the way from beginner to intermediate to advanced. Choose to learn and practice simple guitar riffs, melodies and solos before attempting something more complicated. After all, complicated guitar parts are just simpler, slower parts combined and played faster.
Guitar Major Scales Songs
I talk about and demonstrate a great way for guitar players to develop right hand picking technique in my Guitar Major Scales Songs playlist on YouTube. Watch some of those videos and let them play until you get to the point where I discuss picking technique and practice (this is after I teach the song part).
Speed Training Course
If there are guitar speed training courses or exercises that have made a difference with your guitar playing, then let me know. You can leave comments below.
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Mr. Desi Serna
Hello, I’ve been playing guitar for about 4 years and only started to really understand things a year ago when my friend told me about your podcasts and now some of my friends ask me where i learned that and i recommend your podcasts. My only wish is that you make more of them.
Thanks. I appreciate the feedback. And I’m glad that my material is working so well for you. I plan to start podcasting again eventually, but right now I’m concentrating on finishing a new book, Fretboard Theory Volume 2.
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Thanks for the feedback. I get that a lot. Modes is a topic that causes much confusion. I’m happy to help guitar players finally sort things out.
Hi, when will Fretboard Theory Volume 2 be publicized?
Thanks for your interest in my new guitar theory book. It’s still in the works. I’d love to release it around the first of the year. Stay tuned!
One of the greatest things you can ever do for yourself when building speed is practicing your scales/modes with a metronome..Start out at about 60bpm & just work your way up..There’s also different picking methods you can use when playing scales that will give the scale your practicing a different beat or flow..Hands down,metronomes will build your speed & accuracy within a very small amount of months if your dedicated enough..Metros are also a helpful tool for programing drum machines for all of us multi-track junkies!..;-)