Play With Faster Guitar Speed By Using Easy 2 String Guitar Licks
Sometimes you don’t need to learn advanced technique in order to play with faster guitar speed.
Did you know that you can play incredibly fast by just practicing easy 2 string guitar licks?
These simple licks help you focus on aspects of speed that generally hold people back — like playing on a single string or transitioning between strings while playing scales.
You’re about to learn not just one of these licks, but 7!
Begin playing guitar faster than ever by integrating these 2 string guitar licks into your practice schedule:
Now that you have learned some great guitar licks to build your overall speed, fix these common mistakes to make your guitar soloing and licks sound more creative and expressive:
Mistake #1. Not Creating Specific Emotions While Playing
A lot of guitar players only solo by focusing on using the right scale/notes to go along with the key of the chords in the backing track. Your guitar licks and solos become more expressive when you understand how to create emotional ideas over chords using specific notes.
For instance: the root of an E minor chord (E) feels at ease and calm, but playing a minor 2nd above it (F) feels very intense and can be used to express a variety of angry or intense emotions.
Mistake #2. Vibrato Isn’t Being Used Enough
Vibrato technique gives your guitar playing the sound of a human voice. Mastering this technique is crucial for becoming an expressive guitar player.
Here are some tips to improve your vibrato and use it to express yourself while soloing:
*Make sure your vibrato is in tune by always bending up to the exact pitch you want to match and releasing the bend back to the pitch of the original note.
*While soloing, focus on using different kinds of vibrato such as wide/fast or narrow/slow. Some vibrato feels more intense (such as wide/fast) — use it during the climax of your guitar solo.
*Keep your vibrato in control by practicing with a metronome. Bend the string up on beat one and release it on beat two. Continue this pattern to make sure your vibrato is consistent and not fast sometimes, slow other times.
*While playing guitar solos, don’t use the same vibrato all the time. Use different types of vibrato such as wide/fast or narrow/slow. For example: Some is more suited for intense moments (such as wide/fast vibrato) — try using this during the final note of your guitar solo.
Mistake #3. Only Focusing On Which Notes Are Used And How They Are Used
It’s a (common) mistake to believe that playing great guitar solos is all about memorizing cool licks or improving your technique/speed as much as possible.
These things mostly focus on what notes to play, but great guitar solos require understanding how to play notes. This is called phrasing.
When you develop guitar phrasing skills, your solos start to sound musical rather than sounding like just a bunch of strung together licks or robotic scale patterns/exercises.
Begin developing better phrasing by thinking of a short phrase and playing it over at backing track.
Try to come up with 20 separate ways to play the phrase without altering the original pitch of the notes (by using techniques like vibrato, bending, slides, etc.)
Now that you know how to increase your guitar speed and play better solos, what should you do next?
Simple: Learn how to play EVEN faster. For example: 10% faster in a single day. No, this isn’t impossible. Learn how to do it now by downloading this free guitar speed building guide.
About The Author:
Tom Hess is an electric guitar teacher online and recording artist. He trains guitar players from around the world how to reach their musical goals in his correspondence guitar lessons online. Visit his website tomhess.net to receive many free guitar playing resources and read daily tips to help you improve your musical skills on the Official Tom Hess Facebook page.