One of the biggest challenges we face learning guitar is getting music up to speed.
There’s a saying in the military special-forces community that “Slow is smooth and smooth is fast.” This means that precision and reliability come first, and speed naturally follows. Just think of tying your shoes – we do it quickly because we have each step perfected.
Below you’ll find practice methods you can use to speed up your playing, as well as articles on speed in practice.
- A Wicked Left-Hand Exercise: Extended Slurs
- Classical Guitar Speed Bursts
- Guitar Finger Exercises for Strength, Flexibility, and Independence
- How to Create Guitar Exercises from Pieces of Music
- How to Play Guitar with Less Left-Hand Tension
- Keep the Left Hand Fingers Low for More Guitar Speed and Fluidity
- Quick-Prepping Technique for Scales, Speed, and Solidity
- Scale Fragments, for Fluid Scales and Melodic Mastery
- Smooth Shifts and Leaps on the Classic Guitar
- Speed and Precision Exercises for Classical Guitar
- Speed Up Your Guitar Playing, Using Dotted Rhythms
- The “Dead-Handing” Exercise for Less Guitar Tension and More Stamina
- The Dangers of Speed in Classical Guitar Practice
- The Play-Prepare Double-Movement: The Two Actions of Every Note