How To Easily Play Impressive Sweep Picking Arpeggios On Guitar
Playing killer sweep picking licks is much easier than you think!
Many guitarists confuse how impressive the technique sounds with the technique's level of difficulty.
Fact is, learning the fundamental mechanics of how your picking attack needs to work opens the door to make playing blazing-fast arpeggios feel easy.
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Guitar Practice Tips For Getting Super Fast & Totally Clean
Emphasize observing your mistakes while playing at faster speeds.
As an example, when you are playing a speedy lick at or near your fastest speed and find that your hands aren't in sync, you need to be able to know which note( s) are not clean as you are actively playing.
To do that, your listening ability needs to become much more fine-tuned.
Get going by breaking up hard guitar licks into much smaller parts of a few notes at once. Then play these few notes at your max speed. This makes it less complicated to locate your mistakes.
Another technique that will help you during faster tempos (even more so with legato) is to move between faster playing and slower playing various times (in 10 second periods).
When you only play fast for several minutes at a time, gradually your hand becomes tired and your technique gets sloppy (strengthening bad habits).
So if you go back and forth between slow and fast playing in fast bursts of focus you are able to develop your muscle memory by going over slower technical motions before playing again at your max speed.
This is great for helping you to learn the proper motions fast and ingrain them into your top speeds.
As you start to improve your listening, you will start hearing the exact errors you make at your top speeds (with all the things you are able to play) and you know how to fix them.
Tip: How To Play With Insane Guitar Speed In No Time
To push your guitar speed to another dimension take a very small segment of any scale lick, arpeggio, or solo and perform it at a much faster tempo than you can play the full phrase at.
As an example, if you are playing this phrase at 140 bpm, play these small fragments at 5 bpm more.
This will sync both your hands and your mind used to faster speeds but still keep it manageable for you to play (since you are only working on a few notes at a time).
Then incrementally extend the segment until you are developing the total guitar lick at that upper tempo.
Needless to say, when doing this don't let your two-hand sync to get off at the higher tempos. Deal with this by double picking the notes at a much slower bpm.
How To Make Faster Guitar Playing Pro Level Tight
Often we play just a bit ahead of or behind the beat.
This leads to guitar playing that sounds off.
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This just indicates you need to train becoming more tight with your rhythm playing. Timing is a very vital skill you will need to develop, especially for playing in bands and/or doing any kind of studio work.
So, what do you do when you need to get better at playing with excellent rhythm (tighter)?
First thing to do is to find a metronome.
The optimal way to improve at it is to try recording your practice with a metronome and listen back to what you played.
Monitor for problems in your timing.
As you learn to hear where the timing issues happen, it is pretty simple to repair your mistakes and play very tight.
Note: Don't use lots of guitar effects such as echo, chorus or reverb when you practice.
These types of effects often mask mistakes in your playing (such as unplayed string noises for instance) and you don't end up fixing them. Also, when playing fast, if there is some effect in use, it makes things hard to catch all the notes making your playing sound more unclean than it really is.
One Important Tip:
Start taking lessons with a guitar teacher over learning all by yourself. It's not all hard to become stuck in your guitar playing journey and not aware of what has to get done to make improvement without someone experienced to help you.
This makes playing guitar seem frustrating and demotivating rather than pleasurable - just like it needs to be.
This is most commonly why I strongly recommend all guitarists take lessons with a good guitar teacher.
This is very critical for helping you make quick progress, because a great guitar teacher is successful at getting you to observe where you are overlooking mistakes, adjust any existing playing habits and receive new insights about playing guitar that you might not have found if you learned totally by yourself.
Not only does this make achieving your guitar playing goals more fun, it makes it considerably less frustrating. In addition, you become a greater guitarist and musician, faster.
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