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Building up some speed  BUILDING UP SOME SPEED

updated September 21st 2005 - excercises added

Hey Everyone Wazz up!? =P
This is a tip about buildin' up some speed.

Well, as you all may know, adding some speed to your songs (if you write), or just getting even to the speed of light, is just, simply: Excruciating, Hard, Painful, among other stuff...

And i have to say, it's maybe the only way to get the trick of it. Here's some tips that could help!

  • First of all, even if you don't like it, grab your classic/acoustic guitar and do some fingerin' !!!

  • Yes, and talking about fingering, these might help: 1234 1423 2314 2341 1324 and so on...Remember, each number represents a finger of the left hand, you have to do this ALL ALONG THE FRETBOARD AND SWITCHIN' STRINGS!!! everyday. (For better results do it on the classic (nylon) guitar, believe me, you'll gain a LOT of strength)

  • If you do so, you'll clearly find the difference, your fingers will just be stronger. At this point, you just need some speed.

  • Listen to the speed demons, namely: Jason Becker, Yngwie Malmsteen, Satriani, Steve Vai, Eddie Van halen and Michael Romeo.

  • The legato technique will certainly help. Hammer and pull. Take Satriani for example. And use your metronome!

  • Well, then goes various simple and absurd practicin'

  • Then we go to the Supreme Tech. The Sweep picking; It will really develop your understanding about the fretboard, about progressions, modes, scales, chords, fingerings, and a lot of weird stuff.

    Notice that sweeping is about taking a chord and play it, one note at a time, without producing unwanted noise. (The other strings).

    I really think that its pointless to publish "Exercises to improve your sweeping", because this tech is really infinite, there is just TOO MUCH to do with a sweep.

    If you really want to develop your speed and understanding about the fretboard, i seriously want you to SEARCH IN THIS SITE the GP4 tabs of JASON BECKER, or CACOPHONY.

    Then, grab on little zones of each song, and practice it. Of course, i urge u to take a look at minor and major progressions, augmented and diminished scales and modes. IT'S USEFUL!!!!!!!

    It's hard, seriously, but once u get the trick, you will have and incredible and amazing weapon, a tool, that you can use everywhere u want to, plus your fingers will just FLY on the fretboard.

    It takes patience and will above all. Take care n' good luck!


    Excercises for this article:
    Finger Freedom [gp4] written by Alex

    Written by Alex on 2005-09-14 and read 51651 times.
  • discussion board for this article  DISCUSSION BOARD FOR THIS ARTICLE

    Alex <akuma_san182 AT> said on 2005-09-14 17:48:53
    Well, just in case, the "awful" songs are: Burn the ground, Perpetual burn, Concerto, Desert Island, Ninja, Altitudes, Serrana. You SURELY need to take a look at those songs. And better yet, serach 4 the Jason Becker site (google) and take a look at the serrana video, in the vid seccion, you'll be amazed!

    webmaster Radoslav <webmaster AT> said on 2005-09-14 21:53:20
    good one! i really enjoyed this article, i think it might be very helpful to guitarists... thanx again

    Vivek Agarwal <vik17_ag AT> said on 2005-09-18 07:47:45
    thnx alex,these tips are really great .i ve practiced some and i find improvement.thanks a lot.

    Alex <akuma_San182 AT> said on 2005-09-19 03:16:21
    Hey people, maybe i will write some real good exercises for all of you. Stay alert. =P

    Justin Howard <justin69 AT> said on 2005-11-10 23:14:29
    Hey man, i would jut like to thank u for writing this, i have been doing these excercies for about 3 days and for about an hour a day, and my speed has almost doubled!! Hell i even type faster! I the difference is amazing and i have been playing guitar for about 3 yeasr (usally just playing songs) And these is the best exercises i have ever done!

    Alex <no e-mail> said on 2005-11-12 13:39:51
    Hey man i'm happy it helpep!

    jack <silentanvil AT> said on 2005-12-10 08:53:58
    "For better results do it on the classic (nylon) guitar, believe me, you'll gain a LOT of strength" what makes a classical guitar better than an accoustic guitar, I play on both but i dont notice that much of a difference(but i wasnt exactly looking for a differnce between them)

    esa <jesus1961m AT> said on 2006-01-06 20:55:42
    Building up some speed

    Aleksandar <cooley.rusty AT> said on 2006-01-18 17:41:09
    Not bad at all . It's maybe for begginers but its usefull . Try to put some good arpeggios like Francesco Fareri , Michael Angelo Batio or Rusty Cooley . Good man .

    gustvo or tavo w/e <tavo_loko21 AT> said on 2006-12-06 21:05:42
    just for in case wtf means hammer and pull? can u tell me plz

    <> said on 2007-02-08 11:02:44
    hi nice

    carlo <geneminem_12 AT> said on 2007-03-23 14:56:24
    how will i practice even i have no nylon stringed guitar...and how will i prevent the other string not to make noise while im plucking the guitar? what can make me help about it?

    luke <lysiu666 AT> said on 2007-07-15 13:19:11
    hey check there are very useful exercises with progression, sweeping and many more. Try to get that speed:) good luck and keep practising

    hicham <hicham0123 AT> said on 2007-07-21 18:11:59
    hi thanks for writing this it's very helpful.i'm just a beginner i started learning the guitar a year ago and i just play on the classic guitar.i need some help in so many things.if someone can help please tell me. thanks a lot alex

    plabon <plabon.193089 AT> said on 2008-03-17 21:03:48
    hi I tried d exersice but couldnt.... May I know where can I get details about sweep, RPGO, diffrnt guiter lesson for solo.. plz any one inform me......plz plz

    <no e-mail> said on 2008-11-03 14:35:07

    MUGU <MAGA AT MUMU.COM> said on 2009-02-15 16:07:55

    imam <imamchocky AT> said on 2009-06-11 03:54:45
    alhamdulillah, sekarang teknik permainan gitar ku lebih baik, thanks ya...

    VANDEAD[UA] <VANDEAD AT> said on 2009-06-14 17:09:14
    Thx! I`ll try it.

    dinesh sharma <no e-mail> said on 2009-11-25 07:57:10

    LCS <lscherif AT> said on 2010-05-17 16:34:04
    How do you get the excercises?

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