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vintageplaya666
post Jan 4 2008, 10:41 PM
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Ok Pavel, my current guitar teacher keeps on banging on about NEEDING to practise scales EVERYDAY, to increase speed and accuracy. I know all the Basic scales such as Major, Minor, Blues, Pentatonic, Harmonic Minor, Natural Minor and also know all my Modes and Arpeggios in every key across the fingerboard.

I've been doing these things none stop over the past 2 years, and i've never noticed any improvements towards my speed. I play accuratley and fluently and can play around about 140bpm and yes I use a mentronome aswell. So i've got all that down, but no speed seems to be coming out from that. And I've always done what my teacher told me, start slowly first then gradually speed up that got me to play at 140bpm. After that, its a blank cant seem to get any speed higher than that.

I'm wanting to do that because I'm wanting to play some Dragonforce lol. So are there any excercises on this site that you could reccomend to me?

Cheers Pavel.


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Pavel
post Jan 5 2008, 12:09 AM
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Scales are important and any AP lesson on this site can help. If in 2 years you're gaining no speed than you must be doing something wrong. Maybe a change of your practice session could bring something new? Try practicing legato or sweeping lessons to get other viewpoints on scales smile.gif


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post Jan 5 2008, 10:17 PM
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start slowly first then gradually speed up that got me to play at 140bpm. After that, its a blank cant seem to get any speed higher than that.

You probably need to learn how to switch to shred-picking mode.
Think of it as a horse going from canter to gallop: totally different horse gaits.
A horse can only canter to a certain speed - and needs to switch a different run mode to go faster.

Train tremolo picking and watch Kris' speed picking lessons (in the 101 section). smile.gif


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