The Best Way To Overcome Guitar Speed Plateaus And Make Fast Guitar Playing Feel Easy
by Tom Hess
When you watch your favorite guitar players play fast, what is the one thing they all have in common? Answer: all of them (without exception) make their playing look extremely easy. Truth is, fast guitar playing not only looks easy - it IS easy…or, more accurately, it BECOMES easy after you go through the process of training this skill correctly.
Unfortunately, most guitar players cannot make their fast playing feel effortless, and any attempt to play guitar fast looks, feels (and sounds) like a struggle. There are many reasons why this happens, but one of the most common ones comes from following the conventional practice wisdom of starting to practice slowly and gradually building up speed. Even though this approach does have some benefits, it also has several severe limitations (when applied incorrectly or at the wrong time…as happens most of the time).
Here are the reasons why the traditional guitar speed building approach (of starting to practice slowly and increasing speed incrementally) makes fast playing feel difficult:
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Note: the conventional approach of starting to practice slowly and gradually building speed IS useful when you are first learning to play something (and it’s generally very valuable to practice in this way for guitarists at an intermediate - early advanced levels). That said, this approach can only take your guitar speed so far before it loses its effectiveness (for the reasons stated above). The more advanced you become as a guitar player (and the higher you want to push your speed with a particular practice item), the more you will require other, more specialized practice strategies for overcoming your guitar speed plateaus.
Now that you understand the limitations of the conventional method of building speed on guitar, here is just one (of many) ways you can overcome guitar speed plateaus and make your fast playing feel easy. It’s also one of the methods I use to teach my guitar students to reach virtuoso levels of guitar speed.
Instead of starting to play an entire phrase at a very slow tempo and gradually getting faster, practice breaking up that phrase into very short bursts (of 4-8 notes long) and practice each burst at your TOP speed.
To easily understand and see a demonstration of this practicing concept in action, watch the video below:
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Here is why practicing guitar in speed bursts will help you to build your speed faster and easier:
Now that you’ve learned a highly effective way of making fast guitar playing feel super easy, the next step for you is to learn all the other secrets that will get you to DOUBLE your guitar speed while cutting your practice time literally in HALF (I’ll show you how to do it all for free). To learn how, read this page about doubling your guitar speed.
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