Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Leveraging Other Instruments to Build Guitar Speed

After hearing violin virtuosos tear through Paganini caprices, I knew violin music would be fun to play on the guitar. Around this same time, the movie Crossroads came out, featuring Steve Vai and incorporating a section from Paganini's 5th caprice in a guitar duel.

I've continued to transcribe violin music over the years, and believe it to be interesting and helpful in inspiring new ideas and practice material (sequences, arpeggios, etc.) plus building up right hand speed (picking).

Here's a line from Kreutzer's 42 studies for the Violin at 180 bpm - Download the PDF. Enjoy.

Video explanation and illustration of the lick.

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