Guitar Exercises for Speed and Accuracy

Practicing chromatic guitar exercises can be an effective way to increase, improve and develop your playing speed, accuracy, and timing. These exercises will also help strengthen your fingers and give you better endurance and stamina, allowing you to play for longer periods of time without getting tired.  If you practice these drills regularly as part of your practice session you can start to see positive results in just a few weeks.

You don’t have spend many hours a day practicing these exercises, as that can get a little boring and it can be hard to stay focused for that long.   Ten to twenty minutes a day of  focused exercise is much more effective than many hours of unfocused practice.

After you have gotten an exercise memorized, start practicing it with a metronome, start slow, and slowly build up speed.  If you need to play it a 60 beats per minute to play it cleanly, play it at 60 beats per minute.  Try to resist the temptation to speed up the metronome before you are ready.

Keep your fretting hand fingers close to the strings and concentrate on using  small, economical movements in both hands.  Make sure that your technique is perfect, the way you play something slow is the way you will play it fast.and practice as slowly as you need to, in order to   On the exercises below, try to make the first note on each string land directly on the beat.  Use alternate picking.

Exercise 1

Exercise 2

If you are consistent and spend 15 or 20 minutes practicing these finger exercises every day, in a few weeks you will see your speed and accuracy increase.  Remember Rome wasn’t built in a day, neither are great guitar players.

Part 2