How To Get 2-Hand Synchronization On Guitar To Make Your Speed Feel Effortless

Want to play with fast guitar speed but keep making sloppy mistakes or can't play very consistently?


Focus on improving your 2-hand synchronization on guitar to keep your hands together so you only fret a note at the exact moment you are picking the string to play it.

Keeping both of your hands together in sync is critical for making your guitar speed feel effortless while making it consistently clean.

How exactly do you practice to get better at 2-hand synchronization on guitar?

I'll show you.

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Now you have a powerful exercise to help you improve your 2-hand synchronization on guitar quickly. Learn more ways to play guitar fast with ease by reading these additional tips:

Tip #1: Make Your Picking Motion Efficient

Playing guitar with fast speed requires moving your hands with efficient movement.

This is especially important with your picking technique.

Having technique that uses efficient movement is critical for helping you pick the string more in less time.

To do this, I use directional picking.

Here is how it works:

  1. Use alternate picking whenever you are playing on a single string.
  2. Whenever you move from one string to another, use a pickstroke that lines up in the direction of the string change. In other words - move to a thinner string means using a downstroke. Moving to a thicker string means using an upstroke.

This makes your picking technique efficient, plus it improves your ability to pick with better articulation and 2-hand synchronization.

Tip #2: Use Thumb Muting To Mute Strings

Muting with your thumb helps you play clean more easily because it doesn't require using a motion that brings your hand away from the strings (as with conventional palm muting).

How do you perform thumb muting?


Just rest your picking hand’s thumb on the strings below (in pitch) the one you are playing on to prevent them from blending together.

Tip #3: Practice Guitar On Clean Settings

Playing guitar without distortion/on clean settings challenges you to articulate notes with more power and develops your ability to  keep your hands in sync while playing - making playing guitar fast feel effortless.

Practice on clean settings sometimes to identify your 2-hand synchronization between hands and make adjustments to improve it.

For example:

Pick every note of a guitar lick twice instead of once in order to allow your picking hand to catch up to your fretting hand.

Now you have some tools to help you play guitar fast and clean in no time.

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