How To Make Your Fingers Faster For Guitar

If you want to know how to make your fingers faster for guitar, you already know that doing so will involve lots of practice. Still, there are some steps you can take that will help you develop the ability to play with greater speed. If you're dedicated, discovering how to make your fingers faster for guitar is sure to be a liberating achievement.

  1. Memorize your major and minor scales. Memorizing as many scales as possible, particularly the major and minor scales, will give you the ability to play melodies and guitar solos over many progressions. Knowing every note in the scale without having to think about it will allow you to intuitively place your fingers in the correct positions when soloing over a chord progression so that the harmony falls naturally into place. If you can remember all the notes in those scales you will be able to perform solos with greater fluidity and quickness. Be sure to practice these scales every day so you don't forget them, and you'll be well on your way to figuring out how to make your fingers faster for guitar.
  2. Practice hammer-ons and pull-offs. Now that you know the major and minor scales, practice playing them by hammering-on while moving up the scale and pulling-off while moving down the scale. When you're learning how to make your fingers faster for guitar, you will find that these techniques give you greater fluidity and speed. A hammer-on occurs when you pluck one note and bring your finger down on the next note in the scale without plucking the string a second time. Similarly, a pull-off occurs when you pluck one note and bring one finger off of the guitar so that the note behind it (when playing a scale, the next note in the scale) rings out without being plucked. After practicing these techniques, use them while playing a guitar solo you already know. Since you're figuring out how to make your fingers faster for guitar, compare your speed playing the song previously with what you're able to achieve by hammering-on and pulling-off.
  3. Set some speed goals. One of the best things to do with your knowledge of scales, hammer-ons, and pull-offs is to pick some of your favorite songs—preferably songs with fast guitar solos—and make it your goal to play them just as fast as they sound on the recordings. Now that you know how to make your fingers faster for guitar, apply that knowledge to your own playing so that you see improvement in your speed.

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Hammer-On, Pull-Off Drill

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