How to Play Guitar Scales Fast
So how do you play guitar scales fast?
There is no short, easy answer. Or is there?
The short and easy answer is: practice with a metronome.
The longer answer is: to be able to play guitar scales fast, you must know your guitar scales in and out without thinking.
Only then will you be able to play fast up and down the fretboard. You can take all the guitar lessons you want but if you don’t do the work on your own, meaning in between guitar lessons, it will take you light years to learn to play guitar scales at the speed that you desire.
If 100 bpm is your goal its not too far away. If 200 bpm is your goal however, you got some work to do!
In the following article I will show you how to get and maintain your guitar speed. The maintaining part is easier. The getting there is the long, hard.. haul.
Prepare for the long haul and you won’t get any frustrated days. At least not too much frustration.
From my experience this frustration comes from a mindset of haste.
Trying to get somewhere, someplace…too quickly.
Here’s a tip:
To get any kind of guitar speed… Composure is key.
Use 2-4 notes to start with. Nothing more than 2 or 4. For those 2-4 notes speed them up as fast as you can… then forget about them.
Now go to the next 4 notes and learn those and speed those up as much as you can.
You can then come back and combine everything.
Use a metronome…
After you can get these 4 notes down at a good speed you should then and only then combine them.
Finally you can add the final note with some vibrato or whatever you like…you can continue without stopping as a loop.
Your ability to get faster at playing guitar scales will highly depend on your discipline and your ability to maintain your composure without going haywire with excitement.
This ONLY leads to bad habits. Go Slow. Getting guitar speed is going slow…first…then fast. Not the other way around.
Walk before you run.
Notice that sometimes I pause before I start again. This is crucial in the beginning as it gives you time to compose yourself.
Composure is key.
You need to be relaxed. If your body is not relaxed you will have trouble playing fast. Also remember that you do not have to use this lick at all. I just really liked this lick and thought it would make for a good video.
Take whatever lick you have and use the steps shown here and you will master every lick quick.
You might not be that fast at first but dont worry you’ll get there with
…hard work and perseverance.
Hard work and perseverance will serve you in any part of your life. Write those words down and look them up. Then write about a paragraph or so about what it means to you. This will help solidify these terms in your mind and will help you to remember them when the time comes and is needed…such as…learning to play guitar scales fast.