Playing faster is a goal that many musicians share. Not only is it fun to play fast, but it gives a certain pride to be able to watch your hard work flow from your fingers at 200bpm.
Playing fast isn’t easy if it is done properly. This is because there are a ton of things that go into fast guitar playing, not the least of which is accuracy.
In this article, we will go over some speed building guitar exercises that will allow you to build up your guitar speed properly.
The first thing you will need before you hop into any of these exercises is a metronome. All of the following lessons should be played 60bpm to start off with, and then built up from there when the need arises. Never rush your speed; it can cause injuries and sloppiness. Sloppiness will translate to your playing, and injuries will translate to you taking long breaks from the guitar. Be smart.
3 Guitar Soloing Tips to Sound Good
The guitar solo is considered the ultimate showcasing of your skills. After spending countless hours practicing different licks and different picking techniques, the guitar solo is the one place where you can show off all of your hard work.
However, it isn’t always that easy. While you do want to show what you’ve learned, you don’t want to show it all off at once and have nothing left to give your audience.
In this article, we’ll give you a few guitar soloing tips that will help you to write great solos and keep your listeners interested for future works.
Tip Two: Write a Solo for a Song, Not a Song for a Solo
Never, ever write your song to fit around a solo.
This is the best way to write a boring, unoriginal song. You’ll spend more time trying to highlight the solo, or just write something that happens to remotely work with it, than you will trying to construct a good song that flows and catches a listener’s attention.
Look at your riff, and write a solo that fits the riff accordingly. If you have trouble with this, it may mean that that specific song does not require a solo. Remember, not every song will need one; solos are great, but they are never necessary parts of a song. In fact, forcing a solo into a song will detract far more from the song than it will ever add.
Keep this in mind whenever writing; write to fit the song or style, not the solo.
Tip Three: Practice
Rome wasn’t built in one night, and your chops won’t be, either.
If you can’t find the time to practice, then you won’t be able to write a suitable solo. It’s that simple.
You should take a part of each practice session (you should have a regular practice schedule, and if you don’t, make one!) and devote it to working on different techniques that will benefit your lead guitar playing. Work on legato, tapping, alternate picking—anything that you think you might possibly use within a guitar solo, you want to be proficient with.
Well, those are our guitar soloing tips, one through three. Now that you know them, go practice!