For anyone who has been playing guitar for a while, hitting a roadblock in your progress is an all-too-common occurrence. Whether you're struggling to get a particular solo lick, scale sequence, or lead guitar exercise up to speed, then today's lesson will feel like a breath of fresh air!
We're covering speed-building strategies to help you experience guitar-playing speed breakthroughs.
When you first started out, the main advice was to build speed from the ground up, moving 1 bpm at a time.
Even though this is sound advice at first, this is not always the answer because:
-You can still get stuck at a certain bpm.
-You may develop some bad habits that won't show up at slower speeds.
So, what we're doing in this lesson, is working on your elasticity, by going above and beyond your top speed, playing sloppy on purpose, to then going back and playing clean at higher speeds.
Disclaimer: For this to work you need to already know the exercise, lick, or whatever you're working on by heart. We are way past the reading the tabs stage, you should already have the exercise/solo/lick internalized.
I like to think that every guitar player has 2 different kinds of speeds:
1- Top dirty speed:
The true top speed at which you play the lick/exercise sounding bad/sloppy, but it is fast enough.
2- Top clean speed:
The top speed at which your notes are still played clearly without any sloppiness.
Your top clean speed is always slower than your top dirty speed, and what we're aiming to do with this lesson is to close the gap between those two.
Disclaimer: this never happens because as we keep pushing our clean speed closer and closer to the dirty speed, we inevitably increase our top dirty speed as well, meaning the sky is our limit.