The key to playing fast is not about practicing fast. This can be hard to understand. But, speed comes from practice. My guitar teacher used to scold me whenever I played fast. Why? He told me that playing fast will not be beneficial. You will probably be thinking. But when you do running, you run as fast as you can so as to improve your stamina. However, this same principle does not apply to playing a guitar.
Constantly dedicated 15-30mins a day to do a speed exercise will help. The good thing about speed training is it helps train your fingers to be independent. Especially playing rock and roll etc, speed is what makes it nice. By practicing slowly, it allows you to be able to play fast and slow. Ever seen a guitarist who is able to play very fast, yet unable to play slowly?
That’s me last time! However, I have heeded the advice of my teacher. And now, I am able to play both fast and slow. Look up various websites for speed exercise. While speed exercise can be very tiring, it is very beneficial. In speed training, you need determination to do it. Doing the same exercise non-stop, not even a second, for 15-30mins is really no joke!
‘Speed comes naturally’ says my teacher. I did not believe it last time. But, either ways, I listened to him and did everything slowly. For god’s sake, I did not have much time to practice guitar daily. With the limited time, I wanted to maximize my practice by doing more scales and exercises. However, when I did slowly, it kind of made me feel unproductive. But now, thinking back, I feel that quality comes before quantity. So for all you guys looking to play fast, practice slowly, and consistently! Remember, slow and easy wins the race!