How to Increase Picking Speed – 8 Tips

Speed and Accuracy For Lead Guitar

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This 30-day program for precision covers drills and exercises for developing alternate picking speed and coordination. Doug Marks created this program to improve his own technique and found it so effective that he made it available to our students.

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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.

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Reviews (5)

5 reviews for Speed and Accuracy For Lead Guitar

  1. Rated 5 out of 5


    Great course. Going through the lessons daily really helped my playing and speed. These lessons deliver. This is a great course for helping you develop as a player.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jason Sioco

    I have been playing guitar for 13 years since 2003. I was 15 when I started guitar. From the beginning, I wanted to shred and play guitar fast. However, I had trouble playing guitar fast. For years, I was stuck at 90-96 bpm. It wasn’t because I was lazy at practicing, it was because my technique was poor. I also had bad guitar teachers giving me bad advice. One day I discovered Speed and Accuracy for Lead Guitar and I tried their 30 day program. I learned the proper techniques for guitar speed and I was able to exceed 90bpm and go as far as 160. The end result: I was blazin’ on the guitar as if I was possessed. After 18 days of practicing the exercises, I can finally say, “I can shred and play guitar fast!” I haven’t finished the 30 days yet, but I am already learning rocks songs with fast guitar solos! One of my new year’s resolution was to play guitar fast. After several fail projects later…I finally ringed the bell! Thank you very much Doug Marks!

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Steve Duckett

    This is one of my Favorite Metal Method DVDs. This course will definitely improve your picking speed no mater what level your at. You will definitely be glad you ordered this one from Doug. I give this one a five star rating for sure!! Keep the Awesome lessons coming Doug.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Paul Wolfe

    Back in 2015 I gave this program a shot and it did wonders for me. In 30 days I more than doubled my playing speed and gained the confidence to go from being a rhythm player to a lead player. If you follow Doug’s system and put in the work, you WILL gain speed in your playing.

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Curt Kingston

    This program is absolutely addictive, I can’t get enough of it. I’m a veteran player and my speed has increased dramatically since I started using this program. Most importantly, my accuracy has improved. My playing is much tighter and cleaner than ever before. The fret hand and picking hand are more in sync than ever before. Doug’s program works.

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