Supercharge your playing with Grammy-winning artist Justus West.
Struggling to play licks as fast as you hear them in your head? This class will get your hands up to speed.
Justus will guide you through 7 days of step-by-step instruction with interactive tab and daily exercises.
Play effortlessly fast
You'll leave this class with a framework for fast playing that will enable you to double your speed on guitar.
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Join Justus as he guides you through 10 of his favorite musical exercises to hone your speed and dexterity.
Build a framework for speed, develop your improvisational vocabulary, and create a conscious practice routine in 10 days.
To play faster, you have to start by mastering the basics.
Ease into the class with an exercise that will help you connect your fretboard by linking major and minor chord shapes.
The Tongue Twister
The best practice exercises often impose restrictions to develop one aspect of your playing without getting distracted.
This one-string exercise will help you hone your fretting-hand dexterity and “string comfortability”.
Work on synchronizing your picking and fretting hands with this arpeggio-based exercise that features R&B and jazz chord voicings.
Learn how to start approaching chord shapes with a guitar-solo mentality by breaking up chords through staccato arpeggiation.
Get comfortable traversing up one string in a musically-interesting way and increase your fretting-hand speed.
Work on maxing out your alternate-picking speed while maintaining steady tempo and dynamics.
Develop the muscles in your picking hand with this beautiful fingerstyle exercise.
Learn how to smoothly transition between strings while playing complex fretting-hand patterns fast.
Turn up the heat with a climbing reverse-arpeggio pattern to develop fretting-hand dexterity.
Disrupt your normal playing habits with an exercise designed to build fretting-hand strength for legato playing.
Stay focused with this step-by-step learning program designed by our expert team of music educators.
Before you dive into the class, Justus will walk you through four standalone lessons and guiding principles to keep in mind as you progress through each exercise.
How to Develop Effective Practice Habits
Establishing effective practice habits is crucial to increasing your playing speed. In this lesson, Justus breaks down guiding practice principles to achieve growth on guitar.
How to Stay Motivated (and Break Out of Playing Plateaus)
Playing plateaus are an annoying and common aspect of any guitarist’s musical journey. In this quick video, Justus breaks down how he finds fresh inspiration when things get stagnant.
How Does Gear Impact Speed?
There are a dizzying amount of factors that can affect how easy it is to play your guitar at high speeds. In this lesson, Justus gives an overview of how to find your ideal gear setup.
Technique, Touch, and Posture
It’s important to take an inventory of how you hold and play the guitar to address anything that could potentially hold you back from playing fast. When it comes to developing speed, even an adjustment that saves you milliseconds can make a big difference. This lesson features Justus’ thoughts on technique, touch, & posture.
We'll ease into building our speed using arpeggios and a one-string exercise.
Day 1. Simplicity
We’ll start off nice and easy with Simplicity – an arpeggio-based exercise in the key of D Major. In addition to developing your speed and accuracy, this exercise will help you link major and minor chord shapes, create more interesting melodic phrases while soloing, and connect your fretboard.
Day 2. The Tongue Twister
The best practice exercises often impose restrictions to develop one aspect of your playing without getting distracted. This one-string exercise will help you develop your fretting-hand dexterity and “string comfortability”. Isolating your fretboard like this will force you to explore how much melodic information you can get out of one string.
Day 3. The Staircase
This arpeggio-based exercise incorporates two chords that are common in R&B and jazz. On a technical level, this exercise will help you build speed, hone your alternate picking skills, and synchronize your picking and fretting hands. On a musical level, this exercise will help you navigate transitions between arpeggios and chord formations while adding color to your chordal playing.
Day 4. Baby Steps
Today, you'll learn how to start approaching chord shapes with a guitar-solo mentality by breaking up chords through staccato arpeggiation. In his experience as a professional touring guitarist, Justus has found that most artists just want to hear simple stuff that sounds great. This exercise is an effective way to develop a wider melodic vocabulary without having to learn ultra-advanced theory.
Focus on two different picking techniques and a second one-string exercise.
Day 5. The Crab
Get comfortable traversing up one string in a musically-interesting way and increase your fretting-hand speed. This exercise is simple on the surface but gets difficult as you change starting positions.
Day 6. Twinkle
Work on maxing out your alternate-picking speed while maintaining steady tempo and dynamics. As a side accomplishment, you’ll be well on your way to playing AC/DC’s Thunderstruck after mastering this exercise!
Day 7. The Butterfly
Develop the muscles in your picking hand with this beautiful fingerstyle exercise. The Butterfly exercise is inherently musical. In fact, you could create a whole song using it as a launching point!
These last three lessons will focus on transitioning smoothly between strings and improving your fretting hand's dexterity and strength.
Day 8. The Waterfall
Learn how to smoothly transition between strings while playing complex fretting-hand patterns fast. This exercise, which is based around a Dmaj9 arpeggio, will help you increase your fretting-hand accuracy and dexterity.
Day 9. The Maze
Turn up the heat with a climbing reverse-arpeggio pattern to develop fretting-hand dexterity. This complex exercise will help you develop fretting-hand dexterity and picking-hand accuracy by challenging you to break out of habitual patterns with unfamiliar movements.
Day 10. Guitar Math
Disrupt your normal playing habits with an exercise designed to build fretting-hand strength for legato playing. Guitar Math is another example of taking the simple and making it complex. We’re not using anything more than the major scale here – it’s the number of notes and legato style that makes this exercise difficult.
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