PostHeaderIcon Using Guitar Speed Goals


Do you ever have the feeling that you’re not advancing at the fastest possible rate? How about the sensation that you’re really not 100% positive if you are improving or not?

I have been using speed goals for many years. They are one of the most effective weapons within my guitar training arsenal. Let’s take a look now at what they are, and exactly what benefits you are going to gain through setting speed goals.

What Are Speed Goals?

A speed goal is a target that you determine to achieve a specific metronome setting. As an example, you may say that your speed goal for the particular sweep picking exercise will be sixteenth notes at 160bpm (beats-per-minute). You would practice that exercise daily until the actual target speed has been achieved.

A powerful speed goal possesses these types of elements…

1. No Deadline. Unlike traditional goal setting techniques, there are no due dates with speed goals. This is because you must allow your technique to develop in a relaxed and natural way. In the event you set a deadline, you may be tempted to boost the metronome speeds at too fast a rate so that you can meet the deadline. Result? You’ll fundamentally program tension into your muscles and most likely get discouraged.

2. Challenging. Your speed goal must be challenging. It ought to be fast enough to make you grow as a player. For example, if you’re able to currently play an exercise at 120bpm then something like 144bpm might make a good goal. When you reach 144bpm, then you might set a further speed goal of around 160bpm. Observe how this works?

3. Realistic. Do not set your speed goal too high. If you’re able to at present only play an exercise at 120bpm, then 240bpm would probably be too high. I normally set speed goals we believe I can achieve inside a month or two.

Benefits of Speed Goals

1. They give you something to work towards. This enables you to remain motivated and enthusiastic about your guitar practice.

2. They give you a feeling of progress. You will feel great every time you achieve a speed goal. These small wins enable you to feel like you’re progressing steadily towards your larger goals you have set for your guitar playing.

3. They tell you when you can STOP practicing an exercise. When you have achieved your goal you will be able to move onto something else. The speed goal prevents you from mindlessly practicing an exercise that you have already mastered.

4. They provide you with measurable results. If your speeds are increasing then you have quantitative proof that you are improving. You KNOW for sure that you are improving. This helps you become more confident about your guitar playing.

5. Developing Listening Skills. Using the Metronomes really enable you to develop listening skill. When you practice you will also have to be listening to the click of your metronome. If you don’t, you will quickly be playing out of time with it! Obviously, you would develop this listening skill a great deal more by playing with other musicians, but playing with a metronome will definitely help as well. It’s a great place to start and can often can help you build your confidence to play with other people.

I really encourage you to set a few speed goals today. If you set them regularly, I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised about how quickly you’ll progress.

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