Learn How To Use Directional Picking Technique To Play Guitar Fast And Clean

Tired of struggling to play guitar fast without making sloppy mistakes? Using directional picking technique makes playing with speed feel easy and effortless. Good news is, learning it doesn't take a long time when you learn from an expert who can clearly explain the precise movements involved.

Watch the below to learn how to play guitar faster and cleaner than ever using directional picking:

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Now you know how to play guitar faster, more efficiently and with less sloppy mistakes. Find out more ways to become a better guitar player using these additional ideas:

How To Take Your Guitar Playing To The Highest Level

Ready to make faster progress on guitar than ever before?

Get started by using these creative practice approaches to take your playing to the highest level:

Approach #1: Practice With Your Eyes Closed

Being able to play guitar without even looking at your hands is an impressive skill that many of the best guitarists have.

Training yourself to play like this gives you greater command over your instrument than ever before!

Schedule some time to practice guitar with your eyes closed every few days or so to become accustomed to it. When you do this, don't spend time worrying about mistakes. Eventually, playing without watching your hands becomes effortless. Doing this also helps you prepare for playing in live musical situations where there is poor lighting.

Approach #2: Recording Yourself During Guitar Practice

Practicing guitar in your bedroom is a very low-pressure situation. Adding a greater sense of pressure forces you to improve your playing skills, because it simulates real-life musical situations (such as playing on stage for others).

Add pressure to your guitar practice routine by recording yourself while you play. Doing this makes you more likely to try to play perfectly rather than allow some mistakes to pass.

Additionally, it gives you the opportunity to listen back to yourself and find mistakes you never noticed before.

Approach #3: Practice Guitar While Performing (Versus Sitting Down)

Don't let yourself to get into the habit of sitting down to practice guitar every time you practice. Get outside of your comfort zone by playing guitar while standing up, walking around your room or performing the items you are playing.

This adds a higher degree of difficulty that you would never experience while sitting down.

Study videos of your favorite guitarists to get ideas for how to perform the things you practice and record yourself to judge your performance and make any adjustments needed. This helps you put on a great performance whether you are live in front of an audience or just playing to impress your friends and family.

How To Make Your Guitar Solos Sound Awesome

Your guitar solos sound awesome when you understand how to use creative and expressive phrasing.

The majority of guitarists unknowingly sabotage their solos by making mistakes that cause their playing to sound boring. Here are the mistakes you must avoid and how to make your solos sound more creative and expressive:

Mistake #1. Too Much Rhythmic Similarity

If you remove the pitches that are being played and just listened to the rhythm, a lot of guitar solos get boring pretty quickly. This is because many people spend more time learning how to play patterns/technique and not enough time improving their phrasing skills.

Make the rhythm of your guitar licks very interesting. For example: use phrases in your licks that contain 5, 7 or 9 notes each. This makes your solos more creative no matter what the pitches are.

Mistake #2. Vibrato Is Used Very Poorly Or Not At All (Especially On Bent Notes)

Consistently using the exact same type of vibrato (or none at all) quickly drains the life from your guitar solos.

Make your solos more emotional by developing a range between very slow/narrow vibrato and very wide/fast vibrato. This gives you the power to express a variety of emotions in your solos while preventing your licks from sounding too similar (because vibrato is applied in different ways).

Mistake #3. Not Paying Attention To The Emotion Of The Chords Underneath The Guitar Solo

Chords create the foundation for the emotion in your guitar solos. You need to know which chords in the song (or backing track) contain the most drama and make your guitar licks match that.

For example:

The V chord contains the most dramatic emotion and most of the fast/intense playing should generally happen over that chord. This is key to creating real emotion in your lead playing.

Practice this concept by creating a repeating backing track that uses two chords: A minor for 3 measures and E Major for 1 measure. Play slower, more melodic phrases over the A minor chord and faster phrases over the E major chord to create a climax.

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