Hey, guys. Claude Johnson here with guitarcontrol.com and
Id like to share another speed-building exercise with you.
In the first speed-building lesson that we did a couple
days back we just focused on one note at a time. What
were doing here is just focusing-in on that right hand,
or left hand if youre left-handed, but for most of us
were picking with the right hand. Youre just going to
be alternating between the down stroke and the upstroke
and then building-up speed just doing it faster. By just
doing one note were basically focusing on that right hand.
Now we have to bring the left hand in, but were going
to start very simply with one string. On the G string
try taking the 9th fret, 10th fret and 12th fret and
then just go up and down and repeat. With this just pay
attention to the coordination between your left and
right hand. Just make sure when youre picking youre
up or down and youre switching fingers. Also, just make
sure your fingers arent coming too high up the neck.
Keep them nice and tight to the fretboard which will help
your economy of motion which is important when youre
trying to achieve fast speeds.
Just to demonstrate Ill just use my metronome on my
phone here. This is 100 beats a minute and were just
going to start-off nice and easy here. Now we can increase
the speed. Lets go to 126. Well go up again; thats 144.
A little faster. Thats 158. And faster. Thats 184. Im
getting my fingers warmed-up to the beat.
Now, if I want to go any faster, lets say Im going
to go back to 100 but then Ill try to double-time it.
Here we go. Sometimes its good to go really slow, too.
Its another way to help you. Here we go. Well go real
slow and well build-up to the 200 beats a minute. When
youre going that slow it gives you a nice chance to
really make sure your fingers are close to the fretboard.
You can go even faster if you want. This is 120, so double
that would be 240.
There you have it, a speed building exercise. Try it out
and remember speed is only one aspect of guitar playing.
I talk about a lot of the other aspects in Killer Guitar
Control Secrets. So check that out at guitarcontrol.com/secrets.
Thanks for watching and have an awesome day.