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The World's Fastest Guitar Player

Updated on November 30, 2014

Who Is The Fastest Guitar Player In The World

So you want to know who is the fastest guitar player in the world? It's a fact that guitarists are very often obsessed with speed. They are very competitive and speed on the guitar is easy to measure! Why is it important to be the world's fastest guitar player? The fastest guitar player is hotly disputed, but there are two main contenders for fastest guitar player in the world - Tiago Della Vega and Randall Padilla - and lots of excellent guitarists who can run them a close second, third or fourth. These players are athletes as much as musicians.

Have a listen to the music of the fastest guitar players in the world....

Intro Photograph is my own and is featured on Zazzle, please do not copy.

How Do I Become The Fastest Guitar Player In The World?

Or why Dragonforce sucks...

Just who is the best guitar player in the world? Who is the fastest guitar player in the world? Are they the same thing? How do I get to be the world's best guitar shredder? Can you tell me how to play REALLY fast?

Whether you take acoustic guitar lessons or electric guitar lessons you have probably asked your teacher who is the fastest guitar player. Perhaps you would like to know how to play guitar really fast and a more important question if you got here deliberately might be "How Do I Become The Fastest Guitar Player In The World...."

You made the first step when you decided to learn guitar, not everyone who wants to learn how to play guitar necessarily wants to be the fastest guitar shredder but perhaps your dream is to be the best guitar player you can be. Your first step might be to buy one of those cheap Beginner guitars

And why does Dragonforce suck? The simple answer is, they DON'T but the whole Guitar Hero thing does. Guitar Hero is a game, not a musical learning tool and if you only set your goals to be able to play THAT solo (which is so easy on Guitar Hero) you are cheating yourself of the musical study that will make you as good or even better than Dragonforce. It is NOT all about speed, but it IS about the musical USE of speed....

Becoming the fastest guitarist is not about playing Dragonforce on Guitar Hero, or daydreaming about stardom, it is about dedicating yourself to that goal in a safe and sensible way. Here I will give you a few tips but you should be just as interested in sound quality and songwriting.

Just who is the worlds fastest guitar player?

The Fastest Guitarists In The World - From Jazz and Fusion, Through Metal, To Flamenco....

There are many established guitarists who claim to be the world's fastest guitar player, or whose fans claim they are. These lists are often more skewed by fame and popularity than actual technical wizardry on the guitar, but I will let you judge for yourselves. Read the wisdom, listen and watch the videos I have linked for you here, but above all have fun and enjoy the fastest guitar playing in the world!

Jennifer Batten - Flight of the Bumblebee - amazing tapfest!

Michael Angelo Batio - Full Force

Paco de Lucia - Fastest Fingerstyle player?

Albert Lee - Country Boy

Uli Jon Roth - Sails of Charon - Scorpions sting!

Al Di Meola - Fastest Jazz Picker on the Planet?

Randy Rhoades - Crazy Train solo - live

Timo Tolkii - Speed of Light - live

Joe Satriani - Satch Boogie - live

Joe Satriani - Joe Satriani - Professor Satchafunkilus and the Musterion of Rock - Music Book

Frank Gambale - Yang

Trey Azagthoth - Morbid Angel

Steve Vai - Building The Church

Jason Becker - Perpetual Burn - the story of his fight against ALS

Jason Becker Albums

Mick Barr - avant garde guitarist - Information

The Great Kat - Metal Messiah

Bloody Vivaldi by The Great Kat

Marty Friedman plays Elixir

Is Tiago Della Vega the fastest guitar player in the world? - Tiago Della Vega The Official Record Holder

The fastest guitar players have one thing in common, their fingers hardly move at all! When the fastest guitarists play it looks effortless. This video shows amazing Brazilian guitar player Tiago Della Vega who is currently the record holder. Here you see him play The Flight of the Bumblebee at increasingly fast pace. He makes it look a lot easier than it actually is! Personally I would have been happy with 170bpm for musical results, but I am not a guitarthlete!

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Could Randall Padilla just be the fastest guitar player in the world? - Randall Padilla - A Monster Contender For World's Fastest Guitar Player

The best guitar players in the world have one thing in common - their technique is easy and flawless. If you want to know the best hand position for shredding (allowing there will always be variation due to hand size) watch these guys! The answer is positional playing, a "cello" thumb position, and minimal movement.

Heavy metal "wannabees" will often use extended stretches, three note per string scales, and avoid using the pinky - that sort of technique risks injury and slows the player down! Tiago Della Vega has a great left hand technique.

Here we see the most likely contender to knock him off the Guinness pedestal.... Watch that left hand for some very valuable guitar instruction. I have taught so many beginner guitar lessons in my life and they all have one thing in common - the left hand makes big clumsy moves. These guys are almost motionless! Effort is minimal when you look at the fastest guitar shredders!

Randal Padilla Plays 1522 - Randal Padilla's Style Is Reminiscent of Gary Moore's Style

This is gorgeous guitar playing. Randall is aiming for 26 notes per second and the World Record, but this video shows an altogether different side to his playing. Yes, there are parts of this that show blistering speed, but this is a stunning blues instrumental.... Thank you Randall for your visit, your email and letting me know about this incredible guitar music!

John Petrucci - Great guitar player - Rock Discipline from John Petrucci

John Petrucci is one of the fastest guitar shredders of today and a great role model for young musicians aspiring to become the best guitar player in the world.

How To Play This Fast....

How To Shred Effectively.

So do you want to learn to play guitar in this elegant style and become the fastest guitar player in the world? This is the important part of my lens. If you choose to go for speed as your goal, you need to do so safely. It is no good being the second fastest ex-guitarist and faulty technique might cause severe and permanent injury. If you are trying this without a teacher, then please read these tips CAREFULLY.

Firstly, never attempt to play fast without warming up your hands. Some players recommend soaking them in warm water first. This could lead to softening the skin and cuts, so warm up by playing in a warm room. Play easy things, relax, don't go immediately into advanced exercises. Start simple, get in the groove.

Secondly, you will see that BOTH players started slowly (for them!) they didn't leap straight in to maximum speed. Randall Padilla started each speed burst with a short single note lead in. This helped him find his way into the beat before playing his six string speed lick.

Thirdly, if you watched carefully you will see that the pick hand position of each player was near perfect, they played a mixture of down and up strokes alternately in a tremolo picked style. Tremolo picking is the first skill you will need to master for speed playing. To make this easier, use a heavy gauge plectrum, hold it lightly very close to the tip to avoid it catching between strings and to avoid "leverage" making you grip too tightly . Gripping too tightly will lock your wrist and lead to pain and injury.

Fourthly, pick lightly, small and light helps speed. Most beginners pick too hard when they try for speed. It is like running a marathon in diving boots. Small and light is the rule for picking.

Fifthly, small and light also applies to the left hand. If you want to shred you must learn to keep your hand IN POSITION, each fret has it's own finger, there are NO stretches in either example here. The players move their left hand fingers up and down the neck maintaining PERFECT positional playing. Try this sort of thing with macho metal fingerings and you will cripple yourself. Speed and large movements are NOT compatible. You hardly see any movement in Della Vega's left hand. Cultivate playing like this, and you will make an excellent player in any style, whether or not you ever join the ranks of guitarthletes!

Relax, let your left arm be totally flexible and follow where your hand leads, don't force a thing. Breathe regularly and with the flow of the music, but don't hold your breath - you will get tense and lose oxygen. To play this fast, your brain needs to be engaged too!

Finally, if it hurts STOP. It is too hard, you are doing something wrong, or you are simply not ready. These guys have practised many hours each day for years to get here. It is not beginners territory and the only gain you make from pain is disability!

Good luck!

Speed Versus Musicality - A Question of Taste?

Many young players rate guitarists by speed and tricks, older players say there is more to being a musician than playing fast. What do you believe?

Is speed the most important thing for a guitar player to develop?

Yes, speed is everything, if you can't shred forget it man!

Yes, speed is everything, if you can't shred forget it man!

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    • Glenn619 6 years ago

      In today's generation people just dig speed.

    • Rhonda Albom 6 years ago from New Zealand

      Looks like speed is it for these two amazing musicians. (I hate seeing one sided debates)

    Speed is only important some of the time. Playing expressively means more.

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      • TanoCalvenoa 3 years ago

        Making each note sound authoritative and intense.

      • CyrusWorley 4 years ago

        Speed when used creatively is awesome to listen to - speed in itself is pointless and boring. Take Michaelangelo for example - amazing technique but personally i think his songwriting ability is absolutely abysmal. John Petrucci on the other hand uses it creatively, combining various techniques and interesting phrasing to keep you engaged. The difference is i would call michaelangelo a guitar player and Petrucci a musician. At the end of the day it all depends what your ears want to listen to and are inspired by .. it's all good

      • Lori Green 4 years ago from Las Vegas

        I like speed but expression is much more important

      • irubucom 4 years ago

        accuracy over speed any day

      • GuitarForLife LM 4 years ago

        you have to build up to the fast parts with slower parts

      • brando87 5 years ago

        I play blues, so shredding is somewhat foreign to me. I think it's more about the phrasing of your notes. Listen to B.B. King, he could say more with one note than most with an entire refrain. While I'll always be impressed with the abilities of folk like Yngwie Malmsteen, I think expressivity is more important.

      • one step2heaven 5 years ago

        Fabulous, great collection.

      • Silvercool 5 years ago

        be fast, fast and furious I like the lens :)

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        Speed is definitely an important thing for a guitarist, but it should be interlaced with sweet melodic phrases. Joe Satch is the best example of that.

      • SamNos 5 years ago

        It all depends what kind of music you are playing......Yes you must be good to play fast but you need all skills!

      • whoisbid lm 5 years ago

        This was so difficult to answer. I think you need both skills

      • KimGiancaterino 5 years ago

        Any musician who is passionate is a joy to watch. Fast players do take it to a new level.

      • MusicHeroes 5 years ago

        Speed is unimportant to me, usually I even hate speed because this way I cannot hear clearly the notes the guitarist is playing ( usually ) nor feel them. In my opinion guitar playing, creating music, is about expressing feelings and not about being the fastest.

      • jc91583 5 years ago

        Speed is great but only one tool out of many for making great music.I'm under the impression that practicing to become well-rounded is better than practicing to be fast.

      • cwkerns lm 5 years ago

        Being an older player I tend to believe that speed is one of the last things that should be developed. I think technique and theory are probably more important. I must say I was impressed when both of the fast players started playing and absolutely blown away by the time they finished. Amazing!

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        Only some of the time.

      • JimDuke 5 years ago

        I like a musical player first and foremost-who has great technique and virtuosity-speed by itself is boring!

      • akumar46 lm 5 years ago

        Both are in someway attached to each other in some conditions.

      • SlightlyGrumpy LM 5 years ago

        speed is not all - has it's place but must be accompanied by feeling to appeal to a listener - without feeling it is only flash for the sake ofr it

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        B.B. King Has said more with one note than all these guys combined , Live at the Regal 1964 , Proof Positive. I do think it is impressive and I am extremely jealous, But these guys many times lack that certain something. Soul ! I have always thought Al Di Meola Combined the 2 masterfully.

      Dela Vega goes for broke with the Flight of the Bumblebee

      A Comparison Between Della Vega and Padilla

      A Personal View

      One of the reasons I have more interest in expressiveness than speed can be shown by watching the two videos here.

      Della Vega chooses to play a very well known tune, Padilla chooses a technical exercise. For me, speed is something best expressed in a musical context, but more easily achieved in a technical one. To be meaningful, an official contest must stipulate a set piece or lick which is musical and which is sustained. Limiting it to notes per second is an unmusical goal. Here we see Randall Padilla practising what is basically a speed burst. It has little musical content and cannot be compared with an actual piece which is not optimized for speed playing and which shows sustained concentration. I would like to see both players execute similar speed burst and similar pieces of music for fair comparison.

      Randall Padilla - Fastest in the World shredding guitar

      Guitar Hero Gear On Sale - The Fastest Air Guitar Going :)

      With guitar hero anyone can be a make believe shredder. You may not have the ability to shred like Della Vega or Padilla, but at least you can have some fun!

      A Final Word....

      Music is the most important criteria

      There is one word I want to finish with, because all roads lead back to it and that one word is MUSIC. It is much harder to be musical than fast, it is supremely difficult to be both. Some achieve it, examples might be Malmsteen, Steve Vai, Jason Becker, Joe Satriani, Michael Angelo, Jennifer Batten.... There are many others. There are also superb players like B.B.King, Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Dave Gilmour who took the line that speed wasn't their goal. Ultimately it is up to you, but live, have fun, practise SAFELY, and make MUSIC....

      How To Play Like Really Fast - Play Really Fast Guitar

      If you have read this article carefully, you will see some good advice, but you might want to check out one or two other pages. These basically will tell you much the same thing (but it is nice to feel reinforced by others) Feel free to check the links out and I will add to them over time too. After all, we all want to know how to play like REALLY fast ;)

      Becoming the best you can be....

      How you can improve your guitar playing!

      This page has been about becoming the best guitarist you can be. Not necessarily the fastest guitar player in the world, but one with competent skills. I hope it has been helpful to beginner guitar players and experienced guitarists alike. thank you for listening!

      What do you think? Does speed matter to you as a player? As a listener? Where do you draw the line between music and athleticism? Should there be one? You tell me....

      Does speed matter in music?

      How important is speed in relation to other skills?

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      Guitarist Feedback - Does Speed Matter?

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          kimmanleyort 7 years ago

          This is a fascinating lens. I had no idea that anyone could play that fast. Your presentation is really good!

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          Lisa Marie Gabriel 7 years ago from United Kingdom

          @kimmanleyort: Thank you Kim. People actually take speed extremely seriously in guitar playing circles. For me, I like to play slowly and bend the notes about :)

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          Addy Bell 7 years ago

          I play classical piano and harpsichord, not guitar, and speed has always been my weakness. (I was one of those musicians who played with bad technique and hurt myself). That being said, musicality has always, always been my primary goal. In some of the clips above, the guitar players were going so fast I could barely even hear them. At that point it becomes an amazing parlor-trick, but little else.

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          Treasures By Brenda 7 years ago from Canada

          Interesting lens, I had no idea that being super fast was of interest.

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          justholidays 7 years ago

          As I can see you put a lot of work in this lens. Didn't know that you would have been interested in fastest guitar players :D


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          Jeanette 6 years ago from Australia

          A very interesting read and beautifully presented. Time to get out the guitar again ....

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          Lisa Marie Gabriel 6 years ago from United Kingdom

          Thank you for visiting - never too late to get practising though these guys are going to leave us standing every time! LOL! :D :D

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          burgessvillian 6 years ago

          Very awesome lens.Thought I would repay the visit.I'll check out some of your other lenses too.

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          Lisa Marie Gabriel 6 years ago from United Kingdom

          Thank you Ron! I am very grateful to you. Going to watch out for that Jimmy Page one too! :)

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          Mandy 6 years ago from Montana

          I love all the HTML in your lens. Teaching myself to do that is next on my Squidoo list of things to learn. I really love your lens though! I come from a family of musicians! Very interesting lens.

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          greenguitar 6 years ago

          Thanks for posting such interesting points.

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          Lisa Marie Gabriel 6 years ago from United Kingdom

          @sulcatamandy: Actually I learned all that on Squidoo. It has to be the number one online university for learning all things html and SEO! Good luck and thank you for visiting :)

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          Kathy McGraw 6 years ago from California

          Hi Lisa- this just taught me how little I know about music, and guitars :) Very interesting indeed :)

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          Lisa Marie Gabriel 6 years ago from United Kingdom

          @greenguitar: Hope you found it useful too :) Thanks for visiting!

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          Lisa Marie Gabriel 6 years ago from United Kingdom

          @RhondaAlbom: I know - you can hardly see any movement at all - which is how they get so fast! Thanks for visiting :D

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          Lisa Marie Gabriel 6 years ago from United Kingdom

          @RhondaAlbom: I know - you can hardly see any movement at all - which is how they get so fast! Thanks for visiting :D

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          justholidays 6 years ago

          Hey Lisa :)

          Congratulations on your Nail that Niche Award! It's well deserved!


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          Lisa Marie Gabriel 6 years ago from United Kingdom

          @justholidays: Thank you Dom! Thank you also to Kathy! :D Hope your weekend is going well! :D

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          Yvonne L. B. 6 years ago from Covington, LA

          Great job! Congrats on your Nail That Niche Challenge award.

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          norma-holt 6 years ago

          Great subject and nicely written lens. *-*Blessed*-* and featured on Sprinkled with Stardust and also on How to Make Good Music.

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          Robin S 6 years ago from USA

          I don't think speed matters but it is a cool accomplishment for a player. :)

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          sheriangell 6 years ago

          Nope - speed doesn't matter, but it is fascinating to watch and listen to. He lost me at 260bpm, just too much movement and not enough music. 160 and 230 bpm were pretty cool though.

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          Jerry_David 6 years ago

          beautiful lens, thanks for sharing!

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          GrowWear 6 years ago

          Not a player, but certainly impressed that people can take the guitar and make it a part of themselves to that extent. Awesome!

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          Twmarsh 6 years ago

          Great topic for a lens. The vids that you included are amazing, some impressive talent on display there!

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          AcousticBluesGuitar 6 years ago

          Petrucci is one of my favorite guitarists - recently i just saw the youtube video of Dream Theater playing Pink Floyd Covers - magic - great info!

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          Muxlow78 6 years ago

          wow nice lens the vids are amazing

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          NathanBrice 6 years ago

          As a player speed only matters if I feel it in the moment. I like to play fast for the thrill of it and I like to play slower for the expression. As a listener speed matters if I am listening to someone who specializes in speed. I've never thought of music and athleticism before until reading this page. I agree. They are athletes!

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          StevenBl 6 years ago

          great lens there - well-done!

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          Truly amazing what these guys can do with a guitar.

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          MatCauthon 6 years ago

          Speed is good to have. But I'd rather have my guitar express emotion.

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          Linda F Correa 6 years ago from Spring Hill Florida

          Great lens...thanks for sharing this amazing talent

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          Music has to be pleasing, if you get that with speed - that's fine with me.

          Absolutely stunning layout and facts, inspirations for serious guitarists and musicians.

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          doubleside lm 6 years ago

          I want to be like them! Playing guitar with fast movement..

          And to practice my finger, I play guitar hero every night..LOL

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          emmaklarkins 6 years ago

          Love the videos! Also, you're my 900th squidlike :)

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          GetSillyProduct 6 years ago

          Awesome lens, I love to hear good guitarists shred

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          mahimattphoto 6 years ago

          Awesome page so much info. Who is the worlds fastest drummer?

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          ChemKnitsBlog2 5 years ago

          I had to stop back to bless this lens :)

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          Philippians468 5 years ago

          i think one needs to enjoy the music! music is an expression of what we are feeling and thinking inside! cheers

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          JanezKranjski 5 years ago

          Speed can't be substitute for good melody. If you master speed and melody, then you are top notch guitar player.

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          sushilkin lm 5 years ago

          Nice Lens. Thanks for sharing on Squidoo!!!

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          GoofyGuitarist 5 years ago

          Interesting question. The music should dictate the speed - though if it is basically 'play as fast as you can' then yes speed matters and you should get as athletic as possible with it! :) The right audiences love that!

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          AlisonMeacham 5 years ago

          Musicality has to come first. Ability and speed second. Squid Angel Blessings to you for an excellent lens

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          GoodinDevelopme 5 years ago

          Yeesh. That's amazing.

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          CofCJenny LM 5 years ago

          I think that it COULD matter, but I don't think that speed determines a good guitarist. Still amazing to watch those that can actually play.

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          UKGhostwriter 5 years ago

          Great lens! well done!

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          chrispell017 5 years ago

          great lens!

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          mattseefood lm 5 years ago

          Amazing! This is INTENSE stuff :)

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          betsuzlap 5 years ago

          Excellent lens! I really enjoyed this one. My boyfriend and I are huge Shawn Layne fans! Glad to see he was on your list and Dimebag Darrell was on it too? I am definitely coming back to this lens many many times! :)

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          akumar46 lm 5 years ago

          Great lens with Speedy Guitarists.Thanks.

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          darciefrench lm 5 years ago

          Awesome lens, am excited to feature it on Virtual Guitar Games, many thanks -:)

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          JimDuke 5 years ago

          Great job-very entertaining lens. My favorite guitarist for speed and technical/musical skills with his own unique tone is Eric Johnson. Check out "Desert Rose" or "Cliffs of Dover" for some wickedly fast licks WITHOUT tapping! The intro "Elevator Sky Movie" which is the lead in to "Shape I'm In" has some incredible chickin-pickin also!

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          Johann The Dog 5 years ago from Northeast Georgia

          Wow, those dudes are fast!!!

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          Now that couldn't have been just one bumblebee, I sure it was a whole swarm moving as one. Phenomenal! When you mentioned that the fastest guitar players barely move their fingers, it made me think of the way Roy Orbison did it like no one else, barley moving his lips or showing any effort at all. There must be something to how these minimalists of movement get maximum results. This is gorgeous!

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          QuinnWolf LM 5 years ago

          Most metal guitarists are fast but in my opinion Bluegrass pickers are much faster and play more complicated material even though they make it sound easy.

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          Lisa Marie Gabriel 5 years ago from United Kingdom

          @QuinnWolf LM: There is some truth in that! If you are playing fingerstyle and doijng banjo rolls there is an element of skill there that makes tremolo picking and hammering seem like cheating! :) Thanks for the visit!

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          euphonicdissonance 5 years ago

          You're right QuinnWolf. Bluegrass pickers can tear it up. Who really cares who the fastest guitarist is - as long as they sound good that's really all that matters.

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          cwkerns lm 5 years ago

          I was impressed when Tiago Della Vega and Randall Padilla first started playing but as they increased their speed each time I thought how can they play any faster... but they did. Kudos to both of them for their talents and abilities.

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          Rankography 5 years ago

          wow amazing video, thanks for sharing.

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          Lisa Marie Gabriel 5 years ago from United Kingdom

          @Rankography: You're welcome :) It is pretty amazing isn't it? :)

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          Music moves the world! One man's speed is another ones ecstasy! This is an exotic lens! :)

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          jc91583 5 years ago

          Speed becomes dull over time. Without a variety of tempos and styles people would quickly tire of the onslaught of notes. I am a percussionist and speed matters to us as well. However, many fall under the weight of musicality and rhythm.

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          MusicHeroes 5 years ago

          I'm a guitarist and I think speed is highly overrated and I usually do not care about the speed in which a guitarist plays. It may even bother me sometimes when a guitarist only focuses on hitting notes as fast as possible, that's just not what music is about for me. Nice lens though.

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          KimGiancaterino 5 years ago

          I recognize the name Steve Vai ... he was with Frank Zappa for "Valley Girl." You've assembled a talented group!

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          Lisa Marie Gabriel 5 years ago from United Kingdom

          @KimGiancaterino: Indeed. I think Zappa was his first big gig! :) Thanks for the visit Kim :)

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          mysticquest 5 years ago

          A really interesting lens. To shred or not to shred is a never ending debate that will rage on for as long as there are guitar players.

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          whoisbid lm 5 years ago

          Keep playing those strings!

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          Clover13 5 years ago

          Speed definitely matters : ) Enjoyed the page... Great work!

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          deepakeapen lm 5 years ago

          Speed is definitely important but it is unmusical to stuff maximum number of notes per second. There should be perfect balance between speed and the melodic phrases, only then it can be called music. Speedy riffs should be binding the entire solo or connecting a slow phrases together and interlink them.

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          JoyfulPamela2 5 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

          Well, I'm pretty slow on guitar, but as a professional woodwind player, I love pushing the metronome faster on crazy passages for flute and sax! Love your tips on being able to play faster. DAILY I find myself telling students that in order to play fast accurately and well, they need to practice slowly with correct technique first - then to do it millions of times. Those who listen and do the work amaze me with what they can play, those who don't ... well, don't play so well. :)

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          Paul 5 years ago from Liverpool, England

          Great page on speed guitar - Blessed with interest and pleasure.

          If you want some playing fast in a live context, hunt down Alvin Lee (Ten Years After) from bygone days.

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          Edutopia 5 years ago

          You make a good point that if anyone is learning to shred a specific solo for the point of saying that they can play that solo is missing the entire point of learning the skillset required to play that solo in the first place.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          Enjoyed the page, well done

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          brando87 5 years ago

          good read.

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          etaerc lm 5 years ago

          I like the lens layout, anyway 23.5 notes per seconds is pretty amazing!

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          misterfuzzyhead 4 years ago

          I like speed as long as there is feeling behind it :)

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          GuitarForLife LM 4 years ago

          I think guitarists are more impressed by speed than non-guitarists, that being said I've devoted a lot of time learning to play fast :)

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          PieterW 4 years ago

          Another great guitar lens. Thanks for making these.

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          malena10 4 years ago

          Tiago Della Vega is really amazing, fast fingers, lol!

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          Dimebag is the man!!!!

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          HowAboutThis 4 years ago

          Della Vega is amazing.

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          SteveKaye 4 years ago

          This absolutely amazing. Wow!

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          davidtrust 4 years ago

          @anonymous: I like speed when coupled with style and soul.

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          TanoCalvenoa 3 years ago

          It has to fit the song, serve a necessary purpose or it sounds dumb.

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          oliverz330 3 years ago

          Great stuff man!

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          anonymous 3 years ago

          There's a point where you develop your natural speed,

          anything beyond that is self indulgent. If you play for

          an audience,you need to play from the heart,an

          connect with the crowd.

          Testosterone filled teenagers are drawn to hyperspeed

          guitar playing.If you play too fast,the musical content is lost.

          The Beatles are still popular today,and they weren't speed demons.

          There'a a difference between pure technical ability,and real music.


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          TanoCalvenoa 3 years ago

          For unbelievably fast single-note staccato picking, not sure if anyone can beat Dick Dale and his incredible instrumental surf guitar. See Hava Nagila (1994 version), Scalped, Nitrus, The Pit, and others.

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