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EXACTLY How To Double Your Guitar Speed While Literally
Cutting Your Guitar Practice Time In Half!

So you want to DOUBLE your guitar speed, huh?

No problem...
All you have to do is improve 5 different elements of your guitar
technique by a mere 15%.
What?!?! I said I want to DOUBLE my guitar speed, not simply
become 15% faster!!!
Yes, I understand you want to double your guitar speed and Im
going to show you how right now. When you improve 5 areas of
your guitar technique by a mere 15%, the total result is 101.13%
MORE guitar speed! Each improvement compounds (multiplies)
the result of the next improvement. Ill explain in just a moment
How Improving 5 Areas Of Your Guitar Technique By Only
How can a 15% improvement in 5 areas equal a 100%
improvement? Remember, we are not adding 15% 5 times. We
are multiplying our 15% progress 5 times (like compound
interest). When you improve 5 areas of your guitar technique by
a mere 15%, the total result is 101.13% MORE guitar speed!
Each improvement compounds (multiplies) the result of the next
15% x 15% x 15% x 15% x 15% = 101.13%
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Heres how the math actually works: imagine you are able to play
something at 100 beats per minute and you then improve 5
guitar speed elements by 15%, your speed will grow like this:
Your starting point is 100 beats per minute.
You improve speed element #1 by 15%, then your new speed is
115 beats per minute (100 x 1.15 = 115).
Next, you improve speed element #2 by 15%, now your new
speed is 132.25 beats per minute (115 x 1.15 = 132.25).
Next, you improve speed element #3 by 15%, now your new
speed is 152.09 beats per minute (132.25 x 1.15 = 152.09).
Next, you improve speed element #4 by 15%, now your new
speed is 174.90 beats per minute (152.09 x 1.15 = 174.90).
Finally, you improve speed element #5 by 15%, now your new
speed is 201.13 beats per minute (174.90 x 1.15 = 201.13).
So, what ARE those 5 guitar speed areas that you need
to improve on by 15%?
1. One-Hand Dexterity - Developing your one-hand dexterity
simply means you practice one hand at a time (fretting hand only
or picking hand only). Strangely, most guitar players completely
overlook this and dont practice it.
Lets talk about the fretting hand first: Practicing your fretting
hand only does NOT mean you only practice your legato playing
(although practicing your legato playing will help improve your
fretting hands dexterity, power and speed).
There are many ways you can (and should) practice your fretting
hand dexterity. One of those ways is to practice playing your
normal (non legato) licks, phrases, techniques, etc. without the
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pick (but also without using legato) in order to focus on the raw
speed and coordination development of the fretting hand when it
is isolated from the picking hand.
For example, play a scale or a scale sequence without using the
picking hand and without using hammer ons and pull offs either.
Yes the notes will be heard only at a very soft volume. This is
perfectly ok and normal when practicing this way.
You only need to focus on 3 things when developing your picking
hand dexterity:
1. Playing as fast as you can
2. Moving your fingers as efficiently as you can
3. Avoiding excessive tension in your hand, arm, etc.
To develop the picking hand dexterity you use the same idea. You
simply play whatever you would normally play but without the left
hand. This means that to develop your picking hand dexterity,
you are going to do a lot more than simply playing tremolo
picking. You can practice scales for example with the fretting
hand only to focus again on:
1. Playing as fast as you can
2. Moving your pick as efficiently as you can
3. Avoiding excessive tension in your hand, arm, elbow etc.
Your goal is to improve your one-hand dexterity (speed) by 15%.
2. Two-Hand Coordination This is the main area that most
guitar players think they are working on simply by practicing in
general. It is true that normal practicing will help you develop
better Two-Hand Coordination. However, much of what we
practice helps our coordination in only an indirect way.
Just like anything else you want to improve, to make faster
progress with your Two-Hand Coordination, you need to isolate
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the specific coordination problems and challenges you have.

A good way to do this is to identify the most challenging part of a
lick and double it. For example, lets say you are trying to
improve your string skipping coordination and you have a lick
that contains 8 notes in it, but only 2 of those notes are involved
in the string skipping. Its better to repeat the string skipping part
of the lick 2 or 3 times within the lick itself.
Here is a typical string skipping lick.

Below you see I have taken the 2 notes involved in the string
skipping part and repeated them when practicing the lick in order
to improve the Two-Hand Coordination faster.

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In the next example you will see I have now repeated the string
skipping movement an additional time in order to focus on
improving the coordination even further.

Your goal is to improve your Two-Hand Coordination by 15%.

3. Two-Hand Synchronization Coordination and
Synchronization are closely related, but are not the same thing.
Coordination is the ability to play something. Synchronization is
larger than coordination alone and includes the precise accuracy
of playing something perfectly and controlling the rest of the
guitar through muting so that there are no excess string noises
sounding while you are playing.
Many guitar players can play cool licks, but keeping those licks
accurate and clean is the greater challenge.
This video and this article will help you get a very clear
understanding of how to avoid the excess string noises through
important muting so that you can play faster and faster while
keeping everything precise and clean!
Your goal is to improve your two-hand synchronization (speed) by

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4. Consistency Well talk about consistency below. Your goal is

improve your general consistency by 15%.
5. Integration Well talk about integrating your skills together
below. Your goal is improve your ability to integrate your skills by
Wait a minute Tom, if I improve each of these areas by
15%, then isnt my overall speed progress improved by
only 15%?
Ive been asked that question many times by students over the
years before we start online guitar lessons together. Their logic
goes like this:
If I can play at 100 beats per minute and I improve my one-hand
dexterity by 15%, then my speed increases to 115... but my twohand coordination speed is still stuck at 100 so if I improve that
by 15%, then my overall speed increases to 115. But because I
have not yet improved my 2 hand synchronization, consistency
and integration, then my overall speed is still stuck back at 100
beats per minute therefore I have not increased my speed at all
until and unless I improve in all areas. And if I improve in all
areas by 15% then my overall speed has still only moved from
100 to 115.
Here is why that logic above is wrong and how things really are
for you:
Imagine you want to play the following guitar lick at 200 beats
per minute:

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Now lets look at your REAL guitar speed on each of the 5 levels
for this example:
1. One-Hand Dexterity
2. Two-Hand Coordination
3. Two-Hand Synchronization
4. Consistency
5. Integration
One-Hand Dexterity: imagine that you can play the lick using one
hand only (without picking and without legato, just playing the
notes with your left hand as described in the section above on
one-hand dexterity) at 175 beats per minute.
Two-Hand Coordination: Now imagine playing the lick with both
hands. You certainly will not be able to play the lick as fast as you
could when using only one hand. So maybe your guitar speed on
this level (using both hands) is at the lower speed of 150 beats
per minute.
Two-Hand Synchronization: Now imagine playing the same lick
above but this time you are playing it PERFECTLY and CLEANLY
with perfect synchronization between the two hands, perfect
string muting so that we hear no excess string noise, buzzing and
all the notes are articulated correctly. This is obviously harder to
play fast than the previous two levels, so you are able to play the
lick at a slower speed maybe 135 beats per minute.

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Consistency: The next level is to play the lick perfectly and

cleanly not just once, but 9 times out of 10 perfectly! Your
guitar speed on this level will be lower for sure - maybe as low as
115 beats per minute.
Integration: The final level of skill is to be able to not only play
the lick perfectly, cleanly and consistently, but now you need to
be able to fluently, smoothly and creatively integrate this lick with
all the other licks, techniques and ideas you may ever use in a
real song. Your speed for this level is again slower than higher
levels. (Maybe 100 beats per minute for example).
The final level is the only level that matters because this is your
REAL maximum guitar speed (100 beats per minute in this
So to double your real maximum guitar speed, you need to get
double your speed at the integration level. Wait a minute Tom,
you said I only have to improve integration by 15%, not 100%.
No, I said you need to improve by 15% in EACH area, not only
15% on the integration level.
The critical point you need to understand is this: As you improve
in any of the higher levels, you naturally increase the potential to
play faster at the lower levels. Think about it this way. You
probably have never specifically practiced Integration in your
entire life, yet you are much better at integration than you were
1 year ago, 2 years ago, or on the day you started playing guitar,
right? This is because some of the progress you have made thus
far has translated into increased potential (and increased skills) in
the lower levels.
And the same thing happens in reverse. When you improve your
consistency, you are also indirectly improving your one-hand
dexterity, 2-hand coordination and 2-hand synchronization.
If your one-hand dexterity speed is currently at 175 beats per
minute and you practice to improve that speed to 200+ beats per
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minute, you are increasing the potential and indirectly increasing

the speed for everything on the lower level.
So now your 2-hand coordination will no longer stay at 150 beats
per minute (as in the example above), it will have naturally
increased too as an indirect result of your improvements in onehand dexterity speeds.
So now, your 2-hand coordination speed is ALREADY somewhat
higher and the potential to increase this speed goes way up too
(and it becomes easier to improve your speed at this level now).
As you work to improve your 2-hand coordination speed an
additional 15%, you are getting three simultaneous benefits:
1. You are increasing your guitar speed on this level.
2. You are indirectly increasing your guitar speed on the
higher level (one-hand Dexterity).
3. You are indirectly increasing your guitar speed on all the
lower levels (two-hand synchronization, consistency and
Obviously, all of this applies to all the other levels you are
working to improve by 15%. The final result is you will DOUBLE
your guitar speed by making 15% improvements in all 5 levels
because in reality, the lower levels will increase a lot more than
15% in actual speed.
This is how you get your REAL guitar speed (at the Integration
level) from 100 beats per minute to 201 beats per minute.
Yes, its badass and it really works.

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How To Go From Understanding The Process For

Doubling Your Guitar Speed, To MAKING IT HAPPEN In
Your Playing
So now you know WHAT to do to double your guitar speedbut
thats NOT enough. To actually make it happen, you need to
avoid the crippling mistakes that stop guitarists from reaching
their speed goals and learn how to practice guitar to get massive
results FAST. I'm going to teach you how to do this right now
But first, let me ask you a very important question

What Do You REALLY Want?

Do you want to play guitar fast but only:

when you are alone in your home where nobody will ever
really see or hear you, and
when you are practicing the same lick over and over again,
but cannot freely use that speed in real songs, and
when you are able to play a lick 50 times in a row and hope
that finally ONE of those times you will play it perfectly,
when you dont have to play the lick in combination with
other licks, techniques and phrases, and
when its acceptable for you to play kind of fast, but your
playing is also kind of sloppy ???

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No! That sucks! This is not what you want at all!

Sure, playing guitar fast is very fun, but what you really want is
to be able to:
Play guitar fast, and
Play guitar cleanly (without buzzing, string noise, etc.),
Play guitar flawlessly at high speeds without mistakes... the
FIRST TIME you play something! And
Play guitar fast among all of the various guitar techniques
(not just play some things fast, but other things slow),
Integrate your guitar speed fluently from one lick or
technique to another seamlessly and effortlessly, and
Play guitar fast in real music so you can actually USE all of
your new guitar speed in real music not just exercises,
Play guitar fast with total confidence, accuracy and
conviction when playing in front of an audience of listeners,
Good! Now that we are both on the same page, lets get started
doubling your guitar speed

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The very first thing you need to do in order to play guitar very
fast is to learn what kills guitar speed. The next step is to
transform all of the speed killing problems into speed building
super strengths! The good news is, its not hard to do this.
The main speed development killers:
o Not setting unique, clear and specific micro goals for
each practice session.
The vast majority of guitar players never set unique, clear
and specific micro goals for each practice session. Instead,
they just pick up the guitar and say, Now I will practice my
3 string arpeggios, or Now I practice this string skipping
The Solution: Always make very unique, clear and specific
micro goals during each practice session. Here are some
good examples:
Example 1: For the next 30 minutes, I will practice all
arpeggios that have a finger roll (2 notes on the same fret,
but on adjacent strings that are played with the same
finger). I will make sure that there is no fret buzzing, no
excess string noise and that the 2 notes of the finger roll
never are sounding together. My goal is to increase my
speed today by 1 beat per minute on the metronome
compared to what I achieved the last time I practiced this.
Example 2: For the next 15 minutes, I will practice a series
of string skipping licks, but I will focus on keeping the
accuracy and articulation consistent and clean by repeating
the two notes at the point of the string skipping so that the
hardest part of the lick (the actual string skipping) gets
practiced more and I become faster and cleaner. My goal is
to not only keep everything clean and consistent but to
focus on staying as relaxed as I can while I practice building
my speed.
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Example 3: For the next 22 minutes, I will practice my

legato technique by focusing specifically on the clarity and
articulation of pull offs I do with my 4th finger. My goal is to
make sure the articulation is just as strong when pulling off
with my fourth finger as it is with all other fingers.
In each example the micro goal is unique, clear and specific.
When you practice with these types of micro goals for every
session, you will get a greater result and you will get it in
less time. Doing this one thing can make a big difference in
how fast you improve your guitar playing.
To establish your own micro goals, follow this formula:
1. Choose ONE specific lick, technique, or phrase, etc. to
practice next.
2. Identify all the specific things that make whatever you
are practicing hard to play fast and accurate. For
a. a difficult string-skipping move for your picking
b. an awkward fingering
c. a large stretch for the fretting hand
d. a challenging position shift
e. muting the strings you are not playing to eliminate
excess string noise
f. keeping the notes from sounding together when
shouldnt be sounding together
g. keeping your picking articulation consistent
h. keeping your fretting hand legato parts consistent,
i. etc.
Then write down any and all specific things, problems
or challenges that you have to deal with for the specific
thing you are going to practice.
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3. Choose just ONE thing (from the list you create in step
2) at a time to focus on, practice and improve.
4. Do not worry about the other items on your list (from
step 2) for this practice session. You will focus on those
other things in another practice session.
5. Once you are done practicing your one specific
challenge for item number 1, begin the process over
again by going back to step 1 (choose a new lick,
phrase or technique, etc. to practice).
(Note: we will talk about how you will know how long to
practice each item when we talk about your practice
schedule below.)
Setting and focusing on specific micro goals for each practice
item and practice session is one of the important things I do
with my online guitar lesson students and one of the reasons
why my students improve their guitar playing much more
rapidly than other guitar players and students do.
o Taking too long to fully warm up before practicing
your guitar speed or worse, working on speed
building techniques before you are fully warmed up.
There are two guitar speed killing problems here that plague
most (almost all) guitar players.
The first problem is you probably are never FULLY warmed
up before you begin working on your guitar speed. Not only
is this dangerous (you can permanently injure your hands!),
but you are wasting much of your practice time since you
have NO CHANCE to improve your guitar speed until and
unless you are FULLY warmed up (and that takes a lot
longer than 10-minutes).

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Your second problem (if you are like 99.9% of all other
guitar players) is that it takes you way too long to fully
warm up. For most people it takes 30 minutes to fully warm
up in summer months and up to an hour or more in winter
months! If you practice for an hour every day in winter
months, it is possible that you may practice every day for an
hour and NEVER see any improvements in your guitar
speed!!! UNLESS, you do what Im going to show you
The Solution: In order to solve both problems at the same
time, I have developed a simple but extremely effective 5step solution for you.
Step 1: Warm up your hands BEFORE your guitar practice
time begins. If you know you will practice guitar from 6:007:30 PM, begin moving your fingers, stretching and
generally warm up your hands and fingers before 6:00. You
can do this virtually anywhere away from the guitar.
Step 2: Soak your fingers, hands, wrists and arms in VERY
warm (but not hot) water for 3-5 minutes right before your
6:00 PM practice session. However, do NOT put your
fingertips into the water - they need to stay dry at all
times so that the fingertips are not soft when you begin
practicing. Be sure to completely dry your fingers, hands,
wrists and arms, otherwise the wet skin will cool you down
Step 3: Get into a peak state of mind. Dont just pick up
your guitar and start practicing. Do what top athletes, public
speakers, chess masters and professional musicians do.
Psych yourself up!! Your mental state of mind is critical to
the productivity of your practice sessions. This does not
mean you should not practice if you are not feeling excited
or motivated today it means you need to practice putting
your emotions into a highly motivated state of mind!

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Step 4: Slightly elevate your heart rate. One of the big

reasons why warm up is necessary is because in order to
play faster, your blood needs to carry the lactic acid (waste)
away from your fingers as fast as possible (this is why we
want your hands to be very, very warm so that your blood is
very thin in your hands and the lactic acid (waste) can be
removed and new fresh oxygen can get into your muscles
faster! In addition to staying warm, you want your heart
rate to be slightly elevated (as it would be if you were slowly
walking), so stand up, walk a few steps and then sit back
down again every minute or two.
Step 5: Keep heat near you by using a space heater or a
heating pad (especially in winter months) so that you can
quickly apply heat to your fingers, hands and arms when
necessary to keep them very warm at all times.
o Not focusing on EXACTLY the right things during your
practice time.
Most guitar players waste much of their practice time by not
focusing on the exact things that are right for them to be
practicing right now. If you want to become a great player,
build massive amounts of guitar speed (and many other
musical skills) then you need to focus your practice time on
exactly the right things and not waste time on other things
this is absolutely critical to your success.
There are two categories of right things that you need to
learn about, understand and focus on.
The first category is made up of general things that apply to
The second category contains very personal and unique
things that are very specific to you, your individual goals,
your current guitar playing level, your problems, challenges
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and frustrations.
While I will share the details about the first category in a
moment, it's impossible to do the same for the second
category here and now without getting to know more about
you. This is something I will do if and when you and I work
together via online guitar lessons.
Here are the things (from the first category only) you
absolutely must focus on and use during your practice
sessions in order to maximize, optimize and revolutionize
the results you are getting from the time you are investing
into practicing your guitar:
1. Every guitar player has strengths and weaknesses.
However, some guitar players waste their limited practice
time on things that are not really relevant to their goals.
What you need to do is practice to eliminate ONLY your
guitar playing weaknesses that are truly relevant to your
specific musical goals. If you are not sure what types of
things are relevant and what things are not, here is a
good (and free) tool to get you started.
2. Guitar players typically most enjoy practicing the things
that they are already good at. While it is a smart idea to
improve your existing strengths, the problem is many
guitar players confuse playing their strengths on the
guitar with truly practicing in order to improve and
advance those strengths... They often dont even realize
that they are not truly practicing to advance these skills
do you?
3. On days when you have less than 40 minutes to practice
your guitar, your approach to practicing needs to change.
On these days, you should not simply do the first 30 or 40
minutes of your normal guitar practice routine, instead
your focus should be to practice items that have a high
level of transferability. Watch this (free) video about
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guitar practice transferability.

4. The order in which you practice things on your guitar
practice routine can make a significant difference in how
much more speed (and other skills) you will develop
during your practice sessions. Heres the exact general
formula to use when you practice: Practice the most
mentally demanding items FIRST. Practice the most
physically demanding items LAST. (see the section about
warming up above for more on this.)
5. The vast majority of guitar players (99% or more) allow
their minds to wander when practicing. You will improve
your guitar speed (and every other musical skill) much
faster when your brain is fully engaged and focused like a
laser on what you are doing at all times. This can be
very challenging to do because it requires a lot of mental
effort and discipline to always stay focused mentally at all
times. However, this is another BIG secret to improving
your guitar playing faster. Fact: playing guitar fast has
more to do with your brain than it does with your fingers!
Practice with a timer that will make a beeping sound
every 90 seconds. When you hear the beeping sound, this
is your reminder to focus your mind completely, totally
and only on what you are practicing!
6. Much of what you are practicing on the guitar, can be
practiced away from the guitar this includes some of the
physical guitar playing you are currently practicing! This
means you are wasting your guitar practice time when
you are focusing on all of the things that can and should
be practiced away from the guitar. Click here to learn how
to practice away from your guitar.

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o Wasting 75% of your practice time by repeatedly

practicing parts of licks, phrases or techniques that do
not need to be practiced right now (but will need to be
practiced eventually). Most guitar players practice like
this: They have a guitar lick they want to improve on and
they practice that same lick over and over again. This is
usually a bad way to practice.
Why? Because every lick has parts that are easier and parts
that are harder to play. Imagine that you can practice the
lick 500 times in a 30-minute practice session. This means
you have practiced the easy parts of the lick 500 times and
the hard part 500 times. You have just wasted about half of
your practice time!
The Solution: You dont need to practice the easy part right
now, you need to practice the hard part of the lick now. So
imagine that the hard part is only 25% of the whole lick. If
you mostly focus on the hard part, you will be able to
practice what you need to practice (the hard part) up to 4
times more in the same 30-minute period!
Think about how much less practice time you will need to
invest in order to massively improve your guitar speed on
this lick now just by making this small change!
You can clearly see now that when you change your approach to
practicing and avoid just ONE of the speed development killers
mentioned above, your guitar speed will improve and your
practice time can be reduced at the same time
Now imagine how much better things are going to be for you
when you do everything I suggest above. All of these things can
have a HUGE impact on your guitar speed (and many other music
skills you are working to improve) and youll be able to cut your
practice time down because you are now practicing in a very
efficient and effective way In other words, everything you do
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will work better and faster!

(More) Guitar Speed Building Secrets

o Focus Rotation:
When you practice to increase your guitar speed, there are
many things you obviously need to work on in order to play
something at faster speeds.
Once you have mastered your technique, your brain and
hands can do what you want them to do effortlessly and
The problem is, while you are still trying to master the
technique you are working on, your brain can only
consciously focus on a very small number of things at one
Here is one of the strategies I use to train my guitar
students to develop fast guitar speed in a short period of
time: Focus Rotation
As you play the specific lick, phrase or technique that you
are practicing, focus on only one small detail at a time for
one minute before shifting your focus to the next small
detail for one minute. You continue to rotate your focus from
one small detail to another every minute.
Here are a few typical examples of small details to focus on:
1. Your picking articulation:
- is it strong enough?
- is it consistent?
2. Your hammer ons, pull offs and slides (if applicable):
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- are they clean?

- is the articulation consistent?
- does it sound strong or weak?
3. Your fretting hand fingers:
- focus only on the notes your first finger plays:
Is each note played perfectly?
Is your finger moving efficiently or not?
Is that finger too tense?
- focus only on the notes your second finger plays:
Is each note played perfectly?
Is your finger moving efficiently or not?
Is that finger too tense?
- focus only on the notes your third finger plays:
Is each note played perfectly?
Is your finger moving efficiently or not?
Is that finger too tense?
- focus only on the notes your fourth finger plays:
Is each note played perfectly?
Is your finger moving efficiently or not?
Is that finger too tense?
4. Picking Efficiency:
- Are you using directional picking in order to play
faster? Or are you using alternate picking?
- Is your pick moving more than it needs to?
5. 2-Hand Synchronization:
- is your pick and your fretting hand in perfect sync so
that they both arrive on each note at the exact same
time in order to play it with 100% accuracy??

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o Consistency
How fast you play something perfectly once is unimportant.
In other words, if you are able to play something at 200
beats per minute one time out of 10, then your top speed is
not really 200 beats per minute.
Your REAL top speed is how fast you can play something
perfectly 9 times out of 10. So if you play something
perfectly only one time out of 10 at 200 beats per minute,
then you can probably only play that same thing perfectly 9
times out of 10 at 180 (or less) beats per minute. Therefore,
your REAL top speed is only 180 beats per minute.
The good news is, if you specifically focus just on improving
your consistency, then you will be able to increase your top
speed without actually playing any faster.
How do you practice to improve your consistency? Well, the
first thing you need to understand is WHY you are not able
to play something perfectly 9 times out of 10 when you can
already play something perfectly at least one time out of 10.
The main reason why you are not consistently accurate at
high speeds is simply because your brain (not your fingers!)
needs more training.
In other words, you dont need your fingers to move faster,
you need the neural pathways in your brain to improve. This
can (at least partly) be developed away from the guitar.
There are two main ways to improve the neural pathways in
your mind.
The first way is to use mental visualization away from the
guitar. The reason why mental visualization is so effective is
because your conscious mind is completely and totally
focused only on strengthening the neural pathways which
are required to play what you want to play at very high
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When this happens, not only will you be able to play faster,
but you will find that it also becomes much easier to play
fast because your brain and hands are playing the notes on
auto-pilot. Once you reach this point, all you really need to
think about is making that great big smile on your face when
you feel the thrill and excitement of shredding all over the
guitar with ease!
The second way to develop your neural pathways is to
practice at a variety of different speeds that are all lower
than your top speed. Typically like this:








The best thing to do is to use BOTH methods in order to

build your consistency and speed much faster.
o Integrate All The Guitar Techniques You Know In
Order To Develop Super Speed:
Playing fast is great playing fast consistently is greater, but
being able to integrate your guitar techniques together
allows your true guitar speed to become even faster! Let me
Lets imagine that you have developed both very good
sweep picking and string skipping techniques. You have
developed good consistency with each of them. Sounds
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good, right?
Well, now imagine that when you try to smoothly and
seamlessly connect, change, integrate or combine these two
techniques, you struggle. Your playing becomes slower, less
accurate or downright sloppy.
Over the years of teaching hundreds of guitar players to
improve their guitar technique (as well as other musical
skills), I have found that most guitarists spend very little
time applying and integrating their musical skills and guitar
techniques in particular. This results in a lack of musical
freedom to express yourself completely and fully in any
musical context.
When it comes to increasing your guitar speed, most
guitarists typically focus on becoming faster with only one
technique at a time. For example, you may practice your
sweep picking for 15 minutes, then move on to 15 minutes
of legato, followed by 15 minutes of 2-hand tapping.
Although this approach will help you to improve at these
techniques in isolation, you also need to specifically practice
using all of these techniques 'together' in the same way that
you will find these techniques used in real guitar solos.
Neglecting to do this will make your guitar playing sound
unnatural and rather 'robotic' as you will struggle to play
consistently well with using a variety of guitar techniques at
o The Order Matters
Everyone knows that you need to learn the right things in
the right way to improve your guitar playing quickly. What
most people do not know is that the ORDER in which you
learn and practice things is also a big factor in how fast you
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will improve your guitar skills.

One of the main reasons why my online guitar students
progress so quickly is that the specific order of things they
learn and master enables them to improve faster than they
would have improved if they had learned and practiced
things in some other order.
This is something Ive proven thousands of times.
So what should you do to ensure that you are not only
learning, practicing and mastering the right things in the
right way, but also doing so in the right order that will put
you on the fastest track to improving your guitar playing?
The answer is: it depends completely on you, who you are,
what level your current guitar playing level is, what your
strengths and weaknesses are, what your goals are and
other factors. There is no cookie cutter or one-size fits all
The exact order you need to learn, practice and master
things must be customized specifically to you. In other
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How Long You Should Practice Each Item On Your Practice
Guitar players often ask me what the best practice routine is and
how to know how much time they should practice each item in
that routine.
There is only ONE person on Earth who is at the exact same place
as you are on the guitar, has the exact same combination of
goals, skills, challenges, strengths, weaknesses, potential and
interests as you do. No two guitar players are alike.
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The best guitar practice routines are the ones created specifically,
uniquely and only for you.
You can get your own customized, personalized and optimized
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There you will not only have the best guitar routines possible
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much should I practice X before moving onto the next item in my
practice schedule.
The Final Step To Ensuring Rapid Improvement:
The most overlooked, misunderstood and underappreciated
secret to making rapid progress in all aspects of your guitar
playing (and specifically with building your guitar speed) requires
zero practice time at all
You must measure, track and manage your progress not only for
each individual item you want to learn and master, but also for
how each of these items relate to your overall guitar playing
The absolute best way (and really the only true way) to do this is
by using the Guitar Playing Accelerator.
Heres What You Should Do Next:
Let me help you learn and master your guitar playing faster,
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