Classical Guitar Speed: Practice Tips

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.

So for reliable speed, we first need good general guitar right hand technique, and left hand technique.  Once we are well under way here, we can focus on speed specifically.

Below you’ll find practice methods you can use to speed up your playing, as well as articles on speed in practice.