Start playing it slower and
slower and slower until it's almost stopping. Make this
last for several minutes.
While you're doing this focus extremely hard on exactly
what the left and right hand are doing together at the
same time. Each little mechanical movement your fingers
make, you want to try and register in your brain. The
flow, and sensation of what it feels like to
mechanically work both hands together.
Do this for several minutes very slow. It will take some
getting use to when trying to concentrate that hard, but
you need to do it. It's critical.
This is where all the guitar
speed and guitar tone come from, the lick needs to be
embedded clearly in the brain, as to what the left and
right hand are doing EXACTLY.
Once you feel you have
control over that, at a slow speed, start playing a
little faster and then a little faster until you get
back to the original (max out) number you started with
on the metronome.
Continue playing the lick
for 2 full minutes, going up one increment at a time on
the metronome. Do Not Cheat! Again, this is crucial. 2
full minutes per increment. No less.
As you continue to climb, be
sure to stop when you know your getting over your head.
It needs to be in perfect sync or just stop on that
number. That is the number you are going to try and beat
every day. You must practice the same exact way every
time, for this to work properly.
If done correctly, you'll
see amazing results in days!! If you want to achieve
guitar star/rock star status, this is the path you'll be
There are several other
points of interest that should be addressed that will
also help increase your speed picking, such as...
" Alternate picking only
" Picking on the very tip of the pick
" Having a pivot point to work from
" Equal picking attack on up and down strokes
" Where to actually place the pick on the string for
" What type of picks to use
If you're interested in seeing speed picking techniques
demonstrated, you'll be very pleased with the "Speed
Picking Instructional DVD" from Top Fuel Guitar, Titled:
"Speed Picking Techniques".
This DVD explains many of the crucial elements involved
in accurate speed picking. Though it's used to develop
amazing speed, keep in mind it will clean up your guitar
picking overall, not just fast playing.
I hope this helps take your playing to the next level.
Until Next time,