10-Step Guide To 2-Hand Synchronization For Guitar
by Tom Hess
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Does your fast playing sound sloppy sometimes?
You work hard on building guitar speed with a lick.
And your hands seem to be moving pretty fast.
But once you cross a certain tempo threshold on the metronome…
…suddenly your notes sound slurred & sloppy, like trying to talk with a mouth full of food.
What causes this?
Poor 2-hand synchronization.
Today, I show you how to get your hands in tight sync and get that coveted: “baseball-card-in-bicycle-spokes” sound when you play fast.
To begin, watch the video below.
It goes over a simple process for getting your hands in sync:
Main takeaways from this video?
Use these 10 steps in your next guitar practice session to get your hands in sync:
Step 1: Choose Any Guitar Lick You Want To Be Able to Play Faster.
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(And make sure the lick is short enough for you to play all the way through without struggling to remember the notes.)
Step 2: Play Your Guitar Lick Along With A Metronome.
Focus on playing in time.
For example: if the lick is in 16th notes (4 notes per click), make sure the first note of each group of 4 locks in perfectly with the click.
Step 3: Identify Exactly Where Your Hands Are Getting Out Of Sync.
This is where you find your 2-hand synchronization threshold. Take your time and be really sure you found it.
Watch this video to see how to quickly find the exact tempo where your hands get out of sync:
Step 4: Focus On What It Feels Like When Your Hands Get Out Of Sync.
This step shines a spotlight on your 2-hand synchronization problems.
Because it’s easier to feel your mistakes at faster speeds than to hear them. The better you are at feeling your mistakes, the easier it is to play well when you can’t hear yourself clearly. (For example: when playing on stage.)
Watch this video to learn how to feel your 2-hand synchronization mistakes:
Step 5: Practice At A Tempo Just Below Your 2-Hand Synchronization Threshold.
This is very important.
Because if you play faster than your threshold (from step 3), you only reinforce your mistakes.
But if you play much slower – you are practicing at tempos that are too easy.
The result? A big waste of time.
You need to play at a speed that’s challenging enough to demand your full focus. But slow enough, so you can play accurately, with your hands in sync.
Step 6: Accent The Specific Notes Where Your Hands Are Not In Sync.
In Step 4, you learned to feel when your hands are not in sync.
Now, you use that skill to focus like a laser on the notes that aren’t totally clean yet.
By physically hitting them harder with the pick.
Why does this work?
Because you can’t hit the notes hard without your hands being in sync. This is a sneaky way to force your synchronization to improve.
Step 7: Accent Every Beat.
When you accent the beat, you create a strong contrast between the accented notes and the unaccented ones.
This contrast helps you not just feel, but also hear any synchronization issues that may remain.
Step 8: Focus On What It Feels Like When Your Hands Are In Sync.
Yes, this is similar to “Step 4” from earlier.
Only now, instead of looking for synchronization problems, your goal is to confirm that all notes in the lick are clean (with both hands in sync).
Step 9: Memorize What Perfect 2-Hand Synchronization Sounds Like.
I said before it’s important to know what 2-hand synchronization feels like.
And it is.
But what about knowing what synchronization sounds like?
Well, it’s very important too :)
As you play the notes, focus on memorizing the feeling and the sound of flawless synchronization.
Step 10: Increase Your Metronome Speed By 5-10 bpm And Repeat Steps 2-9.
Ok, you’ve just spent between 10-20 minutes doing steps 1-9.
Now you are ready to increase your metronome speed and repeat the process (starting from step 2).
The more you follow these steps, the faster you reach your speed goals and (more importantly) make your fast playing sound great.
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About Tom Hess: Tom Hess is a guitar teacher, music career mentor and guitar teacher trainer. He teaches rock guitar lessons online to students from all over the world and conducts instructional live guitar training events attended by musicians from over 50 countries.Learn how to transform your guitar playing with the best rock guitar teacher online.
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