Exercises to Master the Fretboard
A 30 Day Program for Precision
Do you remember the catchphrase of the Hair Club for Men? It was, “I’m not only the president, I’m also a client.” That’s how I feel about my Speed and Accuracy program. Maybe you don’t want to be an out and out shredder but you would like more alternate picking speed and coordination. Well, this program was designed with you in mind. This lesson is for “the rest of us.” At the same time, if you would like to become a serious shredder start here and move on to Michael Angelo Batio’s videos and Dan Mumm’s programs. This will give you the start necessary to move into serious shred territory.
I’m basically a classic rock guitarist. My heroes were primarily hammer-pull legato players like Hendrix, Trower, Van Halen, Jimmy Page, et al. So, my alternate picking technique has always been lacking. For the Speed and Accuracy program I put together a series of simple exercises that I thought would work to increase my speed and accuracy. It started with three simple exercises. As I practiced those simple exercises I kept creating additional drills that have different functions. As I continued to practice the exercises I continued to create new exercises. They’re included in this updated version of Speed and Accuracy for Lead Guitar.
For the last five months I have set a timer for 30 minutes and run through the drills daily. I’ve increased my speed and accuracy by over 35%. If you’re a beginner or intermediate guitarist you can double your picking speed in 30 days.
This program was first released in early 2014. Much of this material is included in the 2017 version of The Complete Guitar Course.