How To Play Guitar Fast And Accurate Using Bursts Of Speed
Playing guitar clean at very fast speeds requires developing solid two-hand synchronization. One method for doing this is practicing guitar phrases in short bursts of speed.
What are speed bursts?: playing a short burst of notes at, near or even beyond your 100% top speed.
Learn how to practice speed bursts by watching this demonstration:
Here are 3 ways practicing with speed bursts develops your two-hand synchronization:
1. You train your mind to process notes at high speeds (making notes clear rather than just a blur).
Being able to hear notes clearly at high speeds is critical for actually PLAYING accurately at those speeds. Practicing in short bursts makes it less difficult to focus on each individual note. When you have the ability to hear specific notes in a phrase, you can hear mistakes better (and it’s easier to play that note perfectly). Switch your focus from one note to the next in order to make every note sound perfect.
2. You gain a new way to challenge yourself (besides simply increasing metronome speed gradually in small increments).
Practicing guitar with short bursts of speed helps you master difficult phrases by dissecting them into small groups of notes. This helps you master a few notes at once. Then you add one at a time until the whole phrase is complete.
Here is a sample:
You select a guitar item to practice (such as a phrase containing 10 notes). You start playing only a few notes of the phrase at your top speed. Once you can play them easily without mistakes, you add another note. Then you add one note at a time until the entire phrase is mastered. Afterwards, you adjust the top speed and start again.
3. It becomes easy to hear synchronization flaws at top speed, because you are only playing a few notes.
You become aware of flaws you never notice during practice at slow tempos. These observations tell you what mistakes to pay attention to when you slow down. This makes your practice time more efficient compared to practicing mindlessly due to boredom from playing over and over at slow speeds. By engaging your brain in this manner (and focusing on the right things), you improve much faster.
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About The Author:
Tom Hess is a professional touring musician, recording artist and online guitar teacher who teaches guitarists from all over the world in his online guitar lessons. On his website, tomhess.net, you can get additional free tips about guitar playing, guitar playing resources , mini courses and surveys.