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Learn to Develop Speed and Play Faster | Guitar | Lesson | Beginner | Tim Miller | Berklee Online

November 14, 2019

(instrumental music) – One thing that a lot of guitar players do to develop speed is
to use a combination of hammer-ons and pull-offs
along with picking. Some players use alternate
picking and economy picking and hybrid picking as
a way to achieve speed, and some players like to add hammer-ons and pull-offs to this. So one example of this is just
instead of picking the notes to use hammer-ons and pull-offs like this. (guitar strumming) So (guitar strumming) Can obviously (guitar strumming) play a lot quicker when you
use hammer-ons and pull-offs. So I encourage you to
experiment playing scales with hammer-on and pull-off technique to help increase your speed. Using the metronome is very
helpful to increase speed. I think that it’s a great
tool to keep you on track with your practicing. So each day you can make the metronome go a little bit higher in
order to increase your speed. So if there’s a passage in a
group that I’m playing with that is a technical passage
that I’m trying to master in order to get it up to
speed to play in a rehearsal or performance, there are
certain things that I will do with this passage in
order to make that happen. So the first thing is, let me
show you what the passage is. It’s this. (guitar strumming) Now this is a melodic phrase in G major. Now the first thing I will
do is just try to play it with alternate picking to see if that’s going to work for me. (guitar strumming) So I may not be able to
play this entire phrase with alternate picking at the tempo that we’re trying to play it. I might have to look at
some other techniques to see if this is going to help me. So what I do is I check to
see if there are any places that I can play hammer-ons and pull-offs. Well there are in this phrase. (guitar strumming) There you go, instead
of (guitar strumming) I can play pick, hammer, hammer. (guitar strumming) Now what I can do is add
some hybrid picking in there to help with the skip
across the strings here. So I can go like this. Pick, finger. (guitar strumming) So what I did there was pick,
hammer, hammer, pick, finger. (guitar strumming) Now in the next section, I
can use hammer-ons as well. And then for the next two notes, pick and finger, hybrid picking. (guitar strumming) Now I can also use a hammer-on at the top and pick at the top as well. (guitar strumming) What I’ve done with this phrase is I’ve transformed it from
a difficult phrase to play with alternate picking
to a much easier phrase to play by incorporating
hammer-ons and pull-offs and hybrid picking. Now the next step is to
try to increase the speed, and this is where the metronome comes in. So I start with the slow tempo
and then I gradually move up the tempo until I
feel like it’s perfect for the performance. (guitar strumming) Now I’m going to increase
the tempo by 10 BPM. (guitar strumming) I will keep increasing the tempo until I get to the desired
tempo of the performance. (guitar strumming) Now here’s the tempo
that I’m trying to get to for the performance. (guitar strumming) So when you’re working on a passage, the first thing you want to do is find the proper technique for the passage, and work with a metronome step by step until you get it to the
tempo of the performance. (instrumental music)


  • Reply Drew Drums March 24, 2017 at 11:19 pm

    Blew my mind.

  • Reply P00TANARA April 26, 2017 at 1:06 pm

    Was it just me that liked the intro and outro music??? (Mixolydian I guess?)

  • Reply Opiekun Dps May 12, 2017 at 9:19 am

    A guitar with shape of spewed mustard

  • Reply TheCompleteGuitarist June 29, 2017 at 1:08 pm

    The way he holds the pick limits his alternate picking speed. His index finger stops the pick from pivoting uniformly between his fingers making upstrokes more challenging.

  • Reply Sandy Grungerson July 27, 2017 at 1:46 am

    how does this practice work for improvised playing? where the melodic line is not known beforehand?

  • Reply Roland Lemus August 18, 2017 at 3:27 pm

    What kind of pickups are in your guitar? love your vids, just curious, and thank you for sharing your knowledge and technique, much appreciated!

  • Reply James Carter April 15, 2018 at 1:19 am

    No pull offs demonstrated.

  • Reply jakemf1 April 15, 2018 at 7:16 pm

    He mentions hammer and pulls yet not a single pull off-Interesting

  • Reply TheLochs January 6, 2019 at 11:51 pm

    is that a pizza board?

  • Reply Better than telly April 12, 2019 at 9:49 pm


  • Reply HomesickAlien June 9, 2019 at 3:50 pm

    Final Fantasy theme?

  • Reply Furryz July 9, 2019 at 1:39 am

    The body reminds me of the 70s ovation Deacon played by David Cassidy of partridge family fame

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