One of the guitar shred practice techniques that really works
, but involves some patience is practicing a lick or scale or riff at half speed. what you will be doing here is taking something that you are practicing and slow it down to roughly half the speed you can play it perfect. I know that many times you have been told to practice something at the speed you can play it perfect, but here I’m asking you to go even slower.
In this guitar shred practice technique, what you are doing is really focusing on each movement your fingers are making
. You don’t want stop and think “this is too slow” or “whats this doing for me”? Just go ahead and do it and i recommend doing it for about a week. It’s a great idea for practicing guitar and I have even heard about about drummer who had practiced at half speed for an entire year! I should also mention that this guy is a highly sought after studio drummer. So i think his testimonial is good enough evidence that you should be doing this.
Every time you hear about a great guitarist practicing they always mention practicing slow. So the proof is right there in those stories and interviews that practicing slow is a must for you. This is just taking it a step further. Ok many steps further and asking you to really slow down and to make sure that every movement you make is a good movement. You will see great results in your guitar shred ability.
This type of practice will also force you to focus on the sound. You will be hearing the notes of what you are playing and then when you speed it up you wont be just hearing a mash of notes, you will be hearing the lick that you have practiced all week slowed down. Again I must say that this will take some patience but try it for a week and then report your finding hear. I am certain that you will have good results.
So lets get an example. Supposed you have a really fast pentatonic lick that is driving you nuts.
Step one is to slow it down to the point where you can play it perfectly. Get in the groove with it at that speed and spend a little time playing it there. Then cut the metronome setting in half and practice the lick at the new speed. This is going to feel really slow but do it anyways. Really pay attention to what you are playing. Make sure that you have no wasted motions and all the notes are clean. Stay at this speed for an entire week. Believe me you will notice some results. At the start of the next week bring the metronome setting half way between your speed you play the lick perfect and this new speed that you were practicing at. spend the week practicing in the middle. By the end of this week you are going to see serious results.
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