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What are some good excersizes I can do to build up on this speed thing?

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Using a metronome, find a speed that you're comfortable playing a piece at and then slowly raise the speed.

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4 fingers exercise. Use the previous post on metrnome speed.

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just play a lot, and make sure you're accurate and clean. speed will come with time. don't think about it too much.

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Speed requires coordination of the hands. To develop that well, you need to do a couple of things...

First, realize that you'll never be able to play faster across strings than you can on a single string - you've got more picking hand motion when you change strings, no matter what you do. So if you're trying to play a piece that needs 6 notes per second in the solo, and you can only play 4 notes per second on one string, you need to be doing single-string drills to increase your pick speed.

Second, speed is no substitute for accuracy. Forcing speed will get you to play faster, yes... but it won't make you a better guitarist. Lots of people will tell you that to play fast you should practice slow, but they don't really explain why. The key is staying relaxed and controlled.

Let's say your target is to play a scale at 360 notes per minute, 6 per second. That's triplets at 120bpm. And the fastest you can play cleanly right now is 80bpm.

If you practice at 80bpm, you're uncomfortable, but accurate. If you practice at 84bpm - a tempo where you get most of the notes, but not all of them.... well, you're really practicing mistakes along with speed. So you should stay at 80 until you find you're no longer uncomfortable at that tempo - and you'll discover that you can now play cleanly at 84, but it's uncomfortable. That's your new practice speed.

So work at speed development, you go from both ends - single string drills increase pick speed; slower, controlled drills make that pick speed useful. Keep a log of what you practice. Start each day's session a notch or two slower than the speed you achieved yesterday to give yourself a chance to warm up.

And have patience - it takes time.

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l cromatic scales is what i do....

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if you like tabs.... use a metronome and play 4 notes each beat

if you do that alot muscle memory will kick in and you'll be able to do it at like 110 bpm(beats for minute)

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