Wish you knew how to play guitar super-fast without making so many mistakes? To be able to do it, you need to focus more on increasing your usable speed versus increasing your potential speed.
This video explains the what distinguishes potential guitar speed from usable guitar speed:
Increasing usable guitar speed requires developing excellent two hand synchronization.
Attaining perfect sync between both hands requires effective guitar practice strategies.
These guitar practicing approaches drastically improve your two hand synchronization:
Two Hand Synchronization Guitar Practice Strategy #1: Using Double Picking
Practice every guitar scale or scale run by picking each note twice.
Scale (double picked):
When you pick every note twice, playing with perfect sync between your hands becomes more challenging. You must move your picking hand two times as quickly as your fretting hand. It becomes very difficult to articulate each note and mistakes become very obvious. Once you begin playing the scale as usual (only picking once per note), it feels a lot easier and you are able to play with better two hand sync.
Here are two ways to use this strategy:
1. Use double picking training as your go to warmup routine. Practice all your technique exercises with double picking for about fifteen minutes. After you finish, return to practicing like usual.
2. Apply this strategy by scheduling specific time to work on it in your practice sessions. Choose several guitar technique exercises and practice them using double picking.
This free guitar speed guide helps you apply double picking better into your guitar practice and build guitar speed faster.
Two Hand Synchronization Guitar Practice Strategy #2: Practice Guitar Without An Amp
Start practicing guitar a bit more without using an amp. Pick each note with extra force and volume to articulate it well.
When articulation suffers, two hand synchronization suffers as well. Playing guitar without an amp unmasks any inconsistencies in your articulation that were covered up by distortion. Focus on the notes that are the most out of sync with each other. This helps you pinpoint the mistakes that keep you from becoming a faster guitarist.
Two Hand Synchronization Guitar Practice Strategy #3: Practice Using Single String Guitar Scales And Licks
Two hand sync is strengthened by picking cleanly on a single string. Your hands are forced to lock in tight to play every single note. Here is an example of a single string guitar lick:
Track your progress by using a metronome and seeing how many times you can play a lick before mistakes occur.
Keep playing the single string lick over and over until you can do so perfectly for 15 repetitions at a certain tempo. Then raise the metronome speed. Identify the fastest tempo at which you can play perfectly for 15 repetitions.
Two Hand Synchronization Guitar Practice Strategy #4: Reverse The Picking Attack
Practice single string scale phrases starting with an upstroke. Try to make your playing sound exactly the same whether you pick beginning on an upstroke or a downstroke. Focus on keeping an equal amount of articulation, speed and two hand synchronization between both hands.
This might feel difficult at first, but it gets easier after each practice block.
Note: this training is to be used during practice, not as part of your everyday playing style.
Two Hand Synchronization Guitar Practice Strategy #5: Dissect And Isolate String Changes
Use the single string strategy in this article and move it from one string to the next while ascending and descending. Repeat the sequence one time on each string, then switch strings. Example:
Play the sequence both ascending and descending.
This trains you to keep your hands in perfect sync as you switch strings. You another aspect of two hand sync into isolation and train it until it is perfected.
2-Hand Synchronization Guitar Practice Strategy #6: Focus On Position Shifts
Use the single string approach in this article and move your single string pattern to different places on the fretboard. This trains your two hand sync fluency using fretting hand position changes.
-Staying relaxed in your fretting hand shoulder as you switch from one position to another.
-Articulating the first note of each sequence with great force. This helps you focus by resetting your two hand sync as the pattern is repeated.
Make it your goal to repeat this a specific number of times until you can no longer play with perfect synchronization. Use a metronome to practice this at higher and higher speeds.
Two Hand Synchronization Guitar Practice Strategy #7: Measure Your Progress
It’s essential to keep track of your progress with two hand synchronization and every other aspect of your guitar playing. Measuring guitar playing progress helps you to:
-Spot weaknesses that keep you from making progress.
-Get more results from every practice session.
-Know for sure that you are making progress (because you tracked it). This helps you become more motivated to get better.
Use these approaches to bring your usable guitar speed close to your potential guitar speed.
This free guitar speed guide shows you various strategies for mastering your guitar technique and playing guitar fast.
About The Author:
Tom Hess is a professional recording artist, songwriter, and guitar teacher trainer. Through his guitar lessons website, he has helped guitarists around the globe make progress with their skills using his musical goals assessments, instructional guitar video lessons, free guitarist tips, and effective guitar practice resources.