5 Tips For Building Guitar Speed – Guitar Lesson

hi I'm Nate savage and welcome to this guitar lesson where we're going to go over five tips for building speed on the guitar now this is kind of a subjective topic but I'm going to keep things really simple and just give you these five tips that have helped me build some speed over the years and there's even a jam track they can download to help you apply everything that we're going to talk about here you can download that guitar lessons calm or just follow the link in the description to this video as we move to this lesson I want you to really focus on three things the first thing is to relax you don't want any extra tension coming up that can lead to injuries number two is to focus on accuracy and number three it's kind of long-term that's to be really consistent with your practice the first tip I have for you is to train each hand on its own now your playing is only going to be as fast as your slowest hands so if your fretting hand is a little bit slower than your picking hand you need to work on that fretting hand and get it up to speed now if your picking hand is lagging behind you need to work on that and get it up to speed with your fretting in so what you can do is just practice on each one individually until they're you know more or less the same to one's not really lagging behind the other one too much I'll show you a couple of exercises so you can use take your left hand in shape with hammer-ons and pull-offs and that kind of thing we can do is just trill between each finger combination I'll show what I mean by that start off with your index finger on any fret doesn't matter which one and just trill hammer-on and pull-off with your second finger I'll do that for you know a few seconds and then switch to your third finger in your first finger and then your pinky and your first finger and then you're gonna switch to your middle two fingers right there that's a hard then middle finger and your pinky probably the hardest one of all it's your third and fourth fingers and if you're legato or hammer-ons and pull-offs are lagging behind in speed this is going to be a great kind of warm-up exercise that you can incorporate into your daily practice routine to get that hand up to speed in addition to that way you can do it just take a scale play through the whole thing legato not worry too much about your picking in so for example you can pick an a minor scale and just play through that for a few minutes every day and really focus on getting that speed and accuracy up with your legato technique Oh the important things here are to relax focus on accuracy and getting a good sound – and what I'm going to want to do is at first when you're first getting this coordination down don't even worry about using a metronome but once you have the basic coordination down you know kick the metronome and then start working on your speed and start pushing yourself and working with that on a daily basis now the same thing applies to your picking hand if your picking hand is falling behind speed from your fretting hand you're going to just want to isolate that and work on that so you can even just pick on one string for a while get your technique down slowly even at our metronome and until your picking hand starts to match the speed of your fretting in to tip number two is to synchronize your hands and this comes kind of after you've got some initial technique down with your fretting hand and your picking hand what you're going to want to do is get your hands to sync up so it doesn't sound sloppy if your hands aren't synced up it's going to sound something like this right you don't want that what you want to do is start off slowly they gradually increase the speed with a metronome 14 and you can work on this throughout a scale like an E minor scale will be a great way to work on sinking your hands up start slowly at first it just gradually builds speed over time just working on sinking your hands up being accurate and having those two hands line up just perfectly you and again the point here is to relax and focus on accuracy you're only going to be as fast as your slowest hand and syncing those up is a really big deal tip number three is to Rev your speed and this is kind of the next level as far as syncing your hands up to help you kind of understand what I'm talking about here I'm going to use a three note per string skill fragment and a minor just three notes starting on this a first figure on the tenth fret of the B that be on the twelfth rep I'm a third finger and then my pinky is going to grab that C on the thirteenth fret so what you can do is just play those notes over and over again one two three one two three slowly and then once you feel the sync is good start ramping up to speed and then come back down to this is just a really good way of syncing your hands up even more kind of calibrating and playing and pushing yourself and seeing where you're playing kind of falls apart and focusing on that speed or the areas or what's actually happening when you get faster right tip number four is to set realistic goals and track them now if you're a new guitar player and you set a goal of I want to be able to play sixteen notes of tune or twenty beats per minute that's not really very realistic and you're going to kind of frustrate yourself and be discouraged when you don't reset you might want to set something more like I want to be able to play sixteen notes at 80 beats per minute a metronome is a great tool for building speed and tracking your progress now when you're first getting the physical technique down and playing the guitar you're probably not going to want to use a metronome just take it really slowly and work on programming those physical motions but once you have that down you're going to want to use a metronome to keep track of your speed and help you develop your time this is really going to help you because using a metronome lets you see where you start it and how far you've come and it's going to encourage you to practice more and get even better on the guitar another thing that can help you keep track of your progress is to just keep a simple log of how well you're progressing on a simple lick you know skill or something else you're trying to increase your speed on to help you with that I have a page from the practice routine generator that's just a simple bar graph where on the bottom it's the days of the month and on the left you can fill in the BPM to keep track of how well you're doing and how well you're progressing as use your metronome to build speed tip number five is to apply everything to music and a lot of players get stuck in the trap of working on speed for speed sake and you know once they get thrown into a musical setting they can't really use what they've been working on so there are a lot of ways that you can do this you can jam with your friends you can learn new skills learn new solos licks or even just though jam track on work on improvising too of course you're going to need to take some time to get the basic coordination and technique down you know to work slowly on that stuff and then even work with a metronome to start building your speed up but once you have the ball rolling on that try to play in as many musical context as you can to help you with this have a jam track for you they can just throw on and work on all the things that we've covered in this lesson it's in the key of a minor and let me just give you a little example of how you can work on the things we've talked about here and your daily practice so just start off getting your fretting hand something with that we're contes your picking hand to go to that point you can work on sinking your hands up then you can even grab your speed to to take the sink up one more level then just experiment with your skills that's it for this lesson make sure to watch this video as many times as you need to to really absorb everything that we went over here if building some speed on the guitar is one of your goals again you can download the jam track egg guitar lessons calm or just follow the link in the description to this video I'll see you

18 thoughts on “5 Tips For Building Guitar Speed – Guitar Lesson”

  1. Playing guitar is just like working out. All you need is Patience and Consistency. Even 30 minutes a day can turn you into a master shredder over time.

  2. hi nate I'm 68yrs young and have started to play the acoustic guitar as a hobby, I find your videos the most easy to understand, thanks a million.
    regards ian.b

  3. The truth is that you really do have to play for a long time. It's really hard. If it wasn't, everyone would be doing it. And even then, some people just aren't built to play fast. It's not unlike sports. Some are sprinters, some aren't.

  4. Hey Nate!
    I have just started guitar. And i am a very new been barely playing a week. And i have been just learning basic chords. So i learned g,c, and d just to start with and get my fingers moving. But im really struggling to just move my fingers from chord to chord. So every time i go to switch chords i have to take a look and move my fingers and im very slow at doing so. If you could give some advice it would be very appreciated. And good video have watched multiple videos. You have helped me to start reading tabs and sheet music. Thanks!

  5. Hi!
    Thanks for all advices.
    May i have a question? I'm transferring from classic guitar to electric and i'm not used to use pick. The most confortable position to hold it is (for me) to fold my right hand into something like half-closed fist and hold pick between my thumb and pointing finger but with using strength of 2-3 fingers (basically all except pinkie [pinky? The smallest one]). Is it correct? In your video about holding pick you sounded like "its more important to being confortable than to find "one and correct" way to hold it". For me at least :/. I wanted to get some ease with picking during summer but i dont want to get bad habits or something. I have quite small hands if it matters.
    Greetings from Poland!
    (sorry if i made some mistakes – i'm still learning your language :))

  6. Hi,thanks for the tips,the way i try to improve with my guitar is jamming to jam tracks or learn songs with licks and solos,i try to avoid mindless scale runs and i think that really helps me,however i play electric guitar with fingers so i dont really know how fast would i be without a pick but hey i enjoy it 😉 Cheers from Bulgaria !

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