Best way to speed pick?

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Best way to speed pick?

Post by MisterLutherMan » September 1st, 2018, 6:32 am

Hi there,

I am a primary fingerstyle player, and am looking into the world of faster playing. I was on Reddit and saw this video on speed picking: ...

I've crossed referenced this video with some others on YouTube and the points the instructor makes seem legit, i.e. slanting the pick slightly, alternate picking (obviously), and practising the string skipping quite a lot.

I want to know what your experiences are with speed picking, and if you have any other tips on doing it?
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Re: Best way to speed pick?

Post by timtheshredder » February 7th, 2019, 10:00 pm

Speed picking is all about economy of motion. Trying to conserve every small movement, so you can attack the strings faster. I think the video has some pretty good tips. One more thing that I would add is to practice with a metronome. Make sure you are practicing the technique right before you try to speed it up. Remember, practice doesn't make perfect. Practice makes permanent. You do something wrong enough times, it will be cemented in your playing.
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