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Speed Takes Time

May 14, 2013 10:44PM

That’s an oxymoron if I ever heard one.

But it’s true. At least for me. One of my biggest weaknesses with playing the guitar has been my ability to play fast. I’m not a shredder by any means, and I don’t aspire to be. But there are some classic licks that I still fumble because my left hand doesn’t do what I want it to do. And sometimes my right hand doesn’t do what I want it to do either. I’ve been working on that since I started playing. I imagine most guitarists work on that.

I do it all - metronome, scale exercises, chromatic exercises, string skipping. You name it, I’ve probably tried it. I personally am not impressed by speed which is why I never focused on it. My teachers always listed it as a low priority (tone is often the highest. And time). I did too. Partly because of them, but mainly because I wasn’t very good at it. And I’m still not, but I’m working on it.

If you have any tips for quick hands, I would greatly appreciate them.