How To Get Fast Guitar Speed By Practicing With Speed Bursts

Want to play with fast guitar speed but don't know how to get to the next level without making a lot of mistakes?

You aren't limited to only practicing at slow speeds while gradually increasing the tempo over the course of days, months or years.

Instead, try practicing at fast speeds.

How exactly?


Practice using bursts of speed.

Many guitarists don't know about this powerful guitar speed practice approach, but you're about to learn it and become faster than ever...

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Here are a few more pieces of advice on how to play guitar fast and clean like never before:

Fast Guitar Speed Tip #1: Use Efficient Picking Technique For Easier Speed

Having inefficient picking technique keeps you from effortlessly playing guitar fast and clean.

I recommend to use directional picking.

This means:

  1. Use alternate picking while playing on a single string.
  2. When you change strings, move the pick using a pickstroke in the direction of the string change. In other words: when you move to a thinner string, use a downstroke. Moving to a thicker string = upstroke.

This applies no matter what pick stroke you used before.

When you descend to a lower (thicker) string, use an upstroke (no matter what pick stroke you used before).

This makes your picking more efficient and helps you build more speed in less time.

Fast Guitar Speed Tip #2: Use Thumb Muting Over Palm Muting To Clean Up Notes

This helps you keep your playing cleaner because you don't use motion that brings your hand away from the strings (by picking).

How do you perform thumb muting?


Just rest your picking hand’s thumb on the thicker strings below the one you are playing on to keep them from ringing out.

Guitar Speed Tip #3: Practice Occassionally Without Distortion

Playing guitar without distortion forces you to pick the notes with more power and develops your ability to articulate notes.

It also helps you keep your hands in sync while playing - making playing guitar fast feel effortless.

Now you have enough information to play guitar fast and clean today.

What's next?


Develop and improve the rest of your guitar playing.

This includes not only your speed and technical skills, but also things like your understanding of theory, songwriting, phrasing, improvising, skill integration, etc.

I will help you become not just a guitarist, but an incredible overall musician with Breakthrough Guitar Lessons.

Your guitar lessons with me are not cookie-cutter lessons like those of many teachers. You and I work together until your ultimate guitar playing goals are reached.

When we begin, you complete an extensive assessment – this gives me all the information I need to understand your musical knowledge, guitar playing skills, and short/long-term musical goals.

From there I:

Study your evaluation from and build a lesson plan for achieving your musical goals, based on everything you've told me.

Create a lesson strategy for you for the next 3-6 months and compile your lesson materials.

Your lesson materials are made of all your exercises, training, licks and etudes that improve your skills and help you achieve your goals. 

All you have to do is practice the things I tell you to practice.

How much time do you need to spend on guitar practice?

Most of my guitar students practice for a half hour to hour per day.

The more you practice, the better you get. But even if you practice just 20 minutes per day, you still have the potential to get massive results.

In between the lessons, I help you better understand the things you've learned.

You can get help and support from me in a variety of ways, such as: 

  • Coming to weekly office hours (where you can ask me questions live). I'll be live every week on Zoom to help you by answering your questions.
  • Taking part in monthly like classes. In these classes, I take the hardest guitar playing topics and break them down to make them easy to understand and master. Plus, it’s another opportunity for you to ask me questions. 
  • Giving me feedback about each lesson. This way I know exactly where you are at and how to help you get better.
  • Sending me recordings of your playing for feedback. This shows me what you need help with the most.
  • Asking me questions when you aren't sure what to do. (You can email me 24/7.)
  • Updating your guitar practice journal on my private student forum, so I can see exactly how you are practicing.
  • Asking for more help on the forum from my other top students on the forum.

The more items from this list you do, the more quickly you improve.

The fewer of these things you do, the more slowly you improve.

From all of these things, I can track your progress and adjust your lesson strategy when necessary.

Note that how long you practice is only one piece of the puzzle.


Your musical goals will likely change or become refined over time (this is normal). If and when this happens, I make changes to your lesson plan as needed.

That’s why it’s impossible for me to predict an “end” point before we begin.

Here are the results you can expect as a student of mine:




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