For Intermediate and Advanced Guitar Players
FAST Learning with Play-along Multimedia Software
Guitar Speed Trainer
The GST Method For Developing
Superior Speed And Technique
This image shows one of the "secrets" of developing high guitar speed. Can you guess what it is?
OK, that was a difficult one... Let's start from the beginning:
Imagine playing a musical phrase, starting slowly, and then gradually going faster and faster.
Naturally, at a slow speed you will play better, and as you keep going faster, the quality of your playing will gradually decrease.
So imagine describing the quality of your playing on the following scale:
The Five Quality Levels
1. Effortless -- you can play it in your sleep.
2. Easy -- you can play it well, but you must be careful and pay attention.
3. Tiring -- you can play it for a while, but you soon get physically tired and start making mistakes.
4. Broken -- you can only play fragments of the phrase, here and there.
5. Impossible -- you just can't play it at all at this speed.
The quality of your playing could then be displayed in a graphic, like this:
The Speed Profile
This is a Speed Profile. It shows the quality of your playing performance at various speeds.
Knowing your own speed profile is the first step, the first "secret" of developing serious speed and technique.
And the next step is...
The Seven Classes Of Phrasing
Now, obviously, some musical phrases are easier to play than others.
For example, it's much easier to play a linear series of notes on the same string than a complex phrase where you must continuously jump from one string to another.
In fact there are seven classes of musical phrases that should be measured and exercised separately. They are:
Class 1. "Single" -- This is when you play the same note repeatedly, using only downstrokes or only upstrokes. This is your basic picking motion speed, your "bottom line" speed.
Class 2. "Double" -- This is when you play the same note with alternating down- and up-strokes. In theory this speed should be twice the previous one, but in practice it's less than that. (And one of the goals of training is to bring as near as possible to that point).
Class 3. "Chromatic" -- This is when you play adjacent notes one after the other. This is more difficult (and therefore slower) than the previous one because now the left hand has to move, although in a simple way, in sync with the right hand.
Class 4. "Scale" -- This is when you play a scale or a simple phrase on successive strings. This is one notch more difficult than a chromatic run on the same string as in the previous class.
Class 5. "Pattern" -- This is when you play a lick or a scale pattern, or some repetitive phrase. Again, this is one notch more difficult than the previous, "linear" scale phrases.
Class 6. "Random" -- This is when you play a non-repetitive and unfamiliar phrase. While scales and patterns use well-practiced finger movements, a generic, "random" phrase, has to be created and controlled on the spot, and that makes it the most difficult of all phrases.
Class 7. "Burst" -- This is when you play a short run, passage, or trill, at the highest possible speed. While all other classes of phrasing ultimately derive from class 1 (single), the speed burst is on a class of its own and requires specific training and attention.
The Complete Profile
Every class has different characteristics and difficulties, and therefore a different speed profile.
In other words, your complete speed profile will be the combination of your speed profiles in the different class:
Now, if you want to achieve fast progress, using your time well, using your energy well, and making sure you have no hidden weaknesses, there are a few "little secrets" you should understand and use in practice:
"Little secret" #1: KNOW your own speed profile
If you don't know your speed profile you probably waste 70% of the time and effort you spend practicing.
If you don't know your speed profile you end up practicing ineffective exercises, at the wrong speed, and make little progress.
This is a major cause of people getting frustrated and giving up.
That's why the very first thing you do with the Guitar Speed Trainer is to measure your complete speed profile.
It only takes a few minutes, but it's an essential part of the practice strategy.
Then, from time to time, as the days pass and you improve your speed, you should measure your profile again.
Keeping your speed profile up to date will ensure that you will always be practicing "in the zone", that is, you will always be working with the most beneficial degree of difficulty, in each of the seven classes of exercise.
And that leads to...
"Little secret" #2: Level 3 is where you gain the most
Level 3 is the "tiring" level -- it's that range of speeds where you can play well for a while, but soon get tired or start making mistakes.
The Guitar Speed Trainer is designed to make you spend most of your training time around Level 3, because here is where you really make progress.
You see, some guitarist seem to believe that "if you practice with the metronome, start slow and then go faster and faster, you will become a fast player"...
But what happens in reality is that people try that a few times, and then, unhappy, give up.
So what's wrong with that approach? And most importantly, what's a better approach?
While a detailed explanation needs a few pages (you'll read in the GST course), the short answer is...
"Little secret" #3: The ideal speed curve
This image contains the secret for developing maximum speed AND enjoying every minute of it. Observe it carefully...
- The different colors indicate your speed profile.
- Each dot indicates a speed you should practice.
- You start at Level 2 ("Easy")
- Then you gradually increase the speed across Level 3 ("Tiring")...
- Then you push all the way up to Level 4 ("Broken")...
- Then you come back to Level 3...
- And finally you spend the final part of the exercise at Level 3.
This is the Ideal Speed Curve.
This is how you get maximum benefit from every minute you spend practicing.
This also shows you how important it is to know your speed profiles, and to use it as a training guideline.
And once you understand that, the next step is to...
"Little secret" #4: Push the envelope one piece at a time
Remember there are many different types of phrasing, with different difficulties and therefore different speed profiles.
To improve your technique quickly and thoroughly, you must do specific exercises in each type of phrasing, and on top of that, use the ideal speed curve to guide your training sessions.
That's why the Guitar Speed Trainer contains several play-along exercises for each of the seven classes of phrasing, each of them focused on a specific aspect of guitar technique, each of them using its own ideal speed curve.
Here are some of the elements of speed you practice individually in various drills:
- Finger strength
- Stamina on long passages
- Single picking
- Double picking
- Alternate picking
- Semi-alternate picking
- Inverted picking
- Sweep picking
- Chromatic passages
- Scale runs
- Random phrases
- Speed bursts
The thing is, the "secret" is, each of these elements is relatively easy to master -- alone.
So the first step is to focus on one element at a time, and develop your skill in that area. This is exactly how the GST exercises work.
Then, the final step of this "Divide and Conquer" stragegy is...
"Little secret" #5:
Combine the elements - after mastering them
After -- and only after -- mastering the various techniques individually, you are ready to fuse them together into a complete, superior guitar technique.
For this purpose the Guitar Speed Trainer includes a complete high-speed virtuoso guitar solo as the final step of the training process.
The play-along solo makes you use every area of the fretboard and all four fingers equally.
This solo is both a great piece and the ultimate exercise. This is the solo that says, "if you can play this, you can play anything!"
The trainer includes special functions that will make it easy to learn this long solo (100 bars) and then master it at ever increasing speed.
"Little secret" #6: Use the best possible training tools
This is the age of flight simulators... laser-guided training golf clubs... calories-counting gym machines... chess training software...
...and yet most musicians still have not gone beyond 19th century training technology -- the metronome!
But if you have a computer with a sound card Why then not take advantage of technology to improve your guitar skills....
And this is exactly what the Guitar Speed Trainer is: a modern, state of the art, highly effective training tool to help you get the best out of yourself, as easily and rapidly as possible.
Speed profiles, electronic metronomes, multimedia play-along training, speed curves, progress tracking -- using these tools makes a difference, and you'll experience it from day one.
Now, make no mistake: You will have to practice. You will have to make efforts. And it will take time...
...but an excellent training tool gives you a massive return on your investment of time and effort. You will improve dramatically. You will improve quickly. You will get concrete benefits from every minute of practice. You will soon play better and faster than you ever imagined possible. And last but not least, you will enjoy the process much more, which in turn will make progress easier and faster.
So... if you are serious about lead guitar playing... I sincerely invite you to personally experience the Guitar Speed Trainer learning method.
You can buy GST Professional online and download it immediately afterwards.
Within the next five minutes you can have GST installed on your computer and be well on your way to superior speed and technique.
If you have any question or suggestion, write us at any time, and if for any reason you are less than delighted with the program, we have a no-question-asked, 100% money-back guarantee.
Guitar Speed Trainer order information
There is one last important thing to know...
"Little secret" #7: ..... do it!
The final secret is... to actually do it!
Your guitar playing will not improve one bit by listening to others, reading books, or thinking about it.
You will only improve by actually playing.
You will only improve through intelligent, focused, effective practice.
You will only improve if you know exactly what to do, and then you do it.
That's the simple truth, and if you want to turn every minute of practice into significant, measurable progress, the Guitar Speed Trainer is a tool that will make a difference.
Guitar Speed Trainer order information