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  in Arts and entertainment | Published 2018-09-03 11:36:40 | 539 Reads | Unrated

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It’s very difficult to become a faster guitar player by practicing based off of false myths about speed. This is what most guitarists do and why they are unable to get any faster. The following are three false myths about how to increase guitar speed and what makes them incorrect:

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It’s very difficult to become a faster guitar player by practicing based off of false myths about speed. This is what most guitarists do and why they are unable to get any faster.

The following are three false myths about how to increase guitar speed and what makes them incorrect:

Myth #1: “Becoming a faster guitarist requires using special exercises.”

You don’t need special exercises in order to get faster at guitar. Speed comes from the development of solid fundamental technique. You become

a faster guitar player when you eliminate the mistakes that occur in your technique. An effective way to do this is to isolate them and work on them before integrating your technique together again with other aspects of your playing.

Myth #2: “It takes 8 hours of practice over many years per day to build speed.”

Getting results from guitar practice is about quality over quantity. Many guitar players who practice excessive hours per day get poor results. This is because they often don’t know how to practice effectively. Doing this not only wastes your time, but reinforces poor playing habits that keep you from becoming a better guitarist. Additionally, practicing guitar for many hours in a row causes you to lose focus, leading to less efficient practicing.

To quickly become a faster guitar player, forget about practicing as many hours as possible. Focus on learning what you need to practice and how to practice it effectively.

Myth #3: “Building speed on guitar takes a long time.”

Building speed does not take long when you practice the right things, in the right order and in the right way. The “right things” refers to practicing things that help you improve the areas of your guitar playing that cause you problems. The “right order” refers to practicing these things by prioritizing them by what skills are more urgent to master than others. The “right way” means practicing with focus and attention to make sure you practice as effectively and efficiently as possible.

Now that you understand 3 big myths that hold you back from increasing your playing speed, learn how to identify the areas of your playing/technique that are holding you back.

Check out this column to learn how to spot mistakes that keep you from having the ability to play guitar with tons of speed.

 

About The Author:
Tom Hess is an electric guitar teacher, composer and musician mentor. As the leader in online guitar instruction, he has taught guitar players in many countries with his informative guitar articles, guitar video lessons, and professional guitar playing tips on his professional guitar lessons website.

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