Scales don't work: How to build speed


Start with just one note:


Then try three notes on one string:

 Finally try string traverse with just two strings:

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Hey everyone!

Are you stuck in a rut, practicing scales endlessly but still struggling to play fast? Let me share a secret that could change your approach right now.  One of the biggest challenges I see among my students is the belief that scale practice alone leads to lightning-fast solos. But here's the truth: it's not about mindless scale runs; it's about strategic practice.

Instead of aimlessly running scales, let's break it down.

First, focus on mastering speed with one note. Start with simple patterns, then gradually add more notes on the same string. Once you've got control, move on to adjacent strings, expanding gradually as you gain confidence.

The key is to start small and build up. Focus on controlled movements and relaxation. Don't rush into practicing scales across all six strings if you haven't mastered the basics yet.

Remember, building speed takes time and patience, but with smart practice, you'll see results.

So, forget the myth that scales alone make you fast. It's all about strategic practice and targeted exercises!


P.S. If you are still struggling with the high speeds, see my Accelerated Speed Building Course

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