Welcome to the Guitar Speed Picking Workshop
The Speed Picking Workshop is for any Guitarist looking to vastly improve their Speed, Accuracy and Coordination using an alternate picking technique. The online workshop allows you to develop this technique using a measured and methodical approach. This method promises fast, solid and measurable results for the guitarist that demands real progress and has the determination and patience to achieve their goals.
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The Speed Picking Workshop is very easy to use all you need is your guitar, amp, browser and computer speakers. You can get started using the fully featured demo on this page right now, but before you do make sure you understand the 6 Steps below. Read it over at least 3 times! Do not cut corners, follow the method exactly and you will get excellent results!
Step 1: Philosophy
The path to playing fast is the art of mastering playing to a beat, slowly, accurately and with minimal muscle tension.
You may of heard of the term "Practice Makes Perfect". This term is incorrect. The new term you need to adopt is "Perfect Practice Makes Perfect". Make this your mantra.
Step 2: Method
The Speed Picking Workshop method works in two modes, Foundation Practice Mode and Advanced Practice Mode
Foundation Practice Mode
The first thing you need is create a solid foundation for you're playing with no errors. No Errors means just that. Foundation mode runs between 20BPM to 130 BPM. Anytime you play in Foundation Mode you are not allowed to make any errors.
Advanced Practice Mode
Once you reach Target Speeds of 150BPM and over the method changes a bit. At this point you have developed a solid technique to build on. This is where we add an "Error Margin" to the exercise. The Error Margin tells you how many mistakes you can make while the exercise is playing at its fastest point or "Peak". This can be seen visually where the progress bar is behind the yellow triangle. The Error Margin works out to be 2% of the notes you play during this Peak. The example below tells you you can make up to 6 errors during the Peak of the exercise, the rest of the exercise however must be played perfectly.
Step 3: The Right Hand (Picking)
Everyone has a slightly different way when it comes to the picking hand. The good thing about this is that this is where you can create your own personal tone. You have probably already developed a natural style of your own which you are comfortable with. If your happy with it and its not holding you back then stick with it.
Many fast players hold the pick at a sharp angle so that the pick easily rolls across the string this is called Angle Picking or "Slicing". Although this creates a thinner sound than Parallel Picking I recommend using Angle Picking if you are using a distorted tone .
NB: Using a lighter pick with Parallel Picking is a bad combination as it will bend the pick too much.
Step 4: The Left Hand (Fretting)
Make sure your left hand is relaxed while you play. The tension in your muscles
will slow you down and course you to make mistakes especially when shifting positions. The goal is to develop a relaxed and dexterous left hand that flows.
Ensure the hand is relaxed. For this exercises use the thumb position on the back of the middle of the neck. This method will give you longer reach and will make for faster position changes.
Make sure your fingers are relaxed. Curl them towards the fret board and play on your finger tips. Lift each finger as the next finger comes down so only 1 finger is ever on the fret board at any one time. Keep all other fingers not on the fret board hovering less than half an inch of the fret board but curled towards the fret board. Distance Equals Time so the closer you hover over the strings the faster and easier it will be to play. Economy of motion is key.
Step 5: Demo Chromatic Exercise
Familiarize yourself with the tablature, this simple Chromatic exercise is an excellent all round exercise for developing synchronization between both hands. All exercises use Alternate picking (Down/Up/Down/Up). This is a 16th note exercise, you play 4 notes per beat. Play through this a few times then go to Step 6.
Step 6: Start
Ok you're good to start your practice session.