Increasing Picking Speed
Tyler Holmes
Mar 25 2009, 12:14 AM
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so im learing a new song, and as i try to play it to the music i notice that i have trouble with some of the picking speeds in the song, i can reach a pretty high speed but cant seem to go any faster. i was wondering if there is any exersizes that i can use to increase my picking speed

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ZakkWylde
Mar 25 2009, 12:21 AM
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I learned it by playing Slayer songs...

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Tyler Holmes
Mar 25 2009, 12:37 AM
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QUOTE (ZakkWylde @ Mar 25 2009, 12:21 AM) *
I learned it by playing Slayer songs...

oh, maybe ill try that then, got any songs to recomend?

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ZakkWylde
Mar 25 2009, 12:43 AM
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I don't know your skill level, Slayer might be too much but you can always try Raining Blood, Angel of Death and War Ensemble... (in that order)

Playing Slayer worked for me, it might work for you it might not...There are other ways of learning how to pick faster OR maybe your technique has a flaw that keeps you back. A vid of your playing would help us to help you^^

This lesson was also very helpfull to me:
https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/rhythm-gu...cking-exercise/

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Ivan Milenkovic
Mar 25 2009, 01:45 AM
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How do you practice, do you use metronome?

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Vasilije Vukmiro...
Mar 25 2009, 02:11 AM
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There is a standardized way for that. Metronome, playing slowly, focusing on rhythm....

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Marcus Lavendell
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First of all, if it's any comfort I'd say this is perfectly normal. Every guitarist reach this threshold eventually.

As Vasilije said, work with a metronome etc. but also try to stay as relaxed as possible in the hands. It will only hold you back if you get tense.

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QUOTE (ZakkWylde @ Mar 24 2009, 11:21 PM) *
I learned it by playing Slayer songs...


haha good advice smile.gif
Now when I think about this I actually remember that this band helped me a lot as well. I don't know why I never mention that when I think of how I started developing technique. The songs that you suggested are great picking exercises but of course you have to like the music so you can enjoy playing.

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Marcus Siepen
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Definitely practice with a click, start slowly and step by step increase the speed. And yeah, Slayer songs might help too tongue.gif

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Mar 25 2009, 03:22 PM
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Playing with a metrome is definetly one of the best ways!
I gained enormous more speed when practicing Gabriel's Neoclassical Alternate Picking, and then playing along with it in GuitarPro with the speed trainer.

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Pedja Simovic
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Metronome, Backing tracks, some sort of sequencer software (Band in a box for example) and original songs you are aiming for !

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