How to play Metal Guitar with speed and power
Are you planning to buy heavy metal guitar and you don’t know how to be good at it? Well, don’t sweat it. All you need is to learn the techniques and practices that will help you gain speed and power. I bet you know that the sound also depends on how good your guitar is.
Try purchasing a good brand to ensure your effort and dedication is matched with the machine you’re using. You don’t want to get frustrated within the first trial. Metal guitars have active pickups. Make sure to check that before you go home with a machine. Now let’s get onto these techniques and make you a good metal guitar player.
This is a repetition of the up-down movement of the plectrum over the guitar strings. It will help you build up speed and rhythm as you play your guitar. When using this technique, you’ll use the lower tones of the guitar.
How do you hold the plectrum? For you to alternate pick correctly, you need to know how to hold the plectrum. You should ensure that it’s not flat against the strings. Cutting across the strings a little would be preferable to reduce obstruction as much as possible.
Fast alternate picking is what we refer to as tremolo picking. Always start at the lowest strings. You can use a metronome to alternate pick the E string at a tempo that’s constant. Trust your gut to help you gauge the speed as you reach up to it gradually. Do you struggle not to hit adjacent strings when picking up speed? Keep your picking window tight.
How do you pick up speed?
Switch off the distortion. You sure want to focus on your progress and doing this will help you hear clearly. Another trick is to ensure your picking hand is stable. You could place the edge on the bridge or the fourth finger on the body. Whatever you decide on, ensure the hand is stable. This will help you speed up with ease.
Tips to maintain speed and strength
- Practice regularly. Have a daily practice routine where you perfect your skills and gauge your progress. Practice sure makes perfect.
- Massage your fingers. You should stretch out your hand and fingers before playing to avoid injuries and achieve flexible fingers on the strings.
- Play with friends. As much as playing alone could look fulfilling, you need people to help play other positions as playing metal could be exhausting. It’s also good for feedback.
- Plan your sessions ahead of time and focus more on skipping the string and faster movement of the fingers.
Gaining speed and strength in metal playing is not hard. It’s also not a walk in the park and so it needs a dedicated soul to achieve it over time. The secret is to always start out slow and gain speed in a gradual process. If you push yourself too hard you might just end up with injuries and not much of progress.
With the above guidance, I believe you’ll choose what works for you and make that badass guitarist. Once you master the technique, speed and strength will follow naturally. Grab your metal guitar now and go make some music.