4 Super Fast Songs on Guitar You Must Learn
Playing really tough songs that might be a little bit out of your skill level can teach you valuable techniques on speed picking, fingering, and more. Not only does Guitartricks have a large catalog of Made Easy lessons - simplified versions of songs aimed towards beginners - we have an even larger library of song lessons for the intermediate and advanced guitar player.
This blog post is for those of you that want a challenge, a speed challenge that is! Do you think you can do it? If you were to search for the following song lessons on Guitartricks.com, the results would show five guitars in the difficulty rating. That doesn’t mean it takes five guitars to play the song, instead, these lessons might just leave you with some blisters on ye fingers. Go ahead and tackle these lessons, if you so dare.
Blue Mountain Rag by Doc Watson
It just keeps going and going and going and going. When most people think of shredding on guitar, most people think of Stevie Ray Vaughan or Buckethead, etc. But guitarists can definitely go a little nuts on acoustic as well, even if it is a different type of shredding. “Blue Mountain Rag” by Doc Watson features an extremely quick lead and rhythm section that just never seems to stop and if you want to build some finger and hand endurance, this is the one to study. After practicing this one a few times, you’ll be happy to know that your picking speed has improved. Learn how to play the full song here.
Give Me All Your Love by Whitesnake
If you want to learn how to hammer-on and pull-off at lightning speed, this is the song to learn from. Dave will show you how to play the entire song from the arena rock riffs in the verse and chorus to the incredible solo that takes it all the way up to 11. If you can make it all the way to the bridge, then pat yourself on the back because that’s when the song actually slows down a bit so you can give your digits a moment to breathe. All in all, this is a super fast song if you want to work on speeding up your hammer-ons and pull-offs. Learn how to play the full song here.
Modern Day Cowboy by Tesla
The guitar solo is where you want to be if you’re hungry for some speed practice. It features out-of-this-world bends, scale runs and other licks. It jumps all over the neck and requires absolutely every finger, including your pinky! There’s a section of the solo that features a string of hammer-ons you’ll probably want to use your pinky for, and it’s a great workout. Learn how to play the full song here.
Crossroads by Eric Clapton and Cream
When people think of “Crossroads” they probably don’t think of the Robert Johnson version, they probably think of Eric Clapton and Cream. Clapton’s guitar playing on the track was a string of blues riffs and lead work that stands up there as some of the best blues rock the world has ever seen. For any student wanting to follow in the footsteps of “Slowhand,” this song has to be on their list of must-learns. It’s full of classic blues forms as well as a plethora of solo techniques played at an incredibly quick pace. Challenge yourself with this one if you’re a fan of Clapton, or just wanting to add a few more tools to the repertoire. Learn how to play the full song here.
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