The Fastest Way to Guitar Accuracy

Here’s a guitar accuracy workout that will make you feel as if you’ve been training for a live show. The key to accuracy is effectiveness, perfection and intensity. You can practice hard, or you can practice long, but either way it has to be accurate.  

In this post, I’m going to show you a workout that will give you an incredible workout on accuracy conditioning...


I’m going to help you with how to get your guitar playing accuracy level to start going up a lot faster. And, it doesn’t involve a lot of exercises.

I realize that you guys all know that I like the idea of having technique exercises as a part of a daily practice routine, and that is one element of it. 

But, there are other ways to work on gaining rapid results with accuracy and you’re going to want to trade up from exercises to focusing on the perfection of small segments of songs and solos to gain those benefits quickly.

What I’d suggest for you to do is to select two small sections from two unrelated songs (in unrelated styles of music). One song will be focused on rhythm guitar, and the other will be for your focus on lead guitar.

For example; (for rhythm guitar), you choose, “I Shot The Sheriff.” By Bob Marley. And, for soloing try, “Smoke on the Water” by Deep Purple.

But, keep in mind we’re only concentrating on small sections of each piece. And, our goal will be perfection for our practice and performance. 

Rhythm guitar from the song “I Shot the Sheriff,” is an interesting study, because if we isolate either one of the primary rhythm riffs in that song, they both pose unique syncopated 16th-note grooves...

This type of groove can often give a guitarist quite a bit of a challenge when it comes to perfecting the; strumming, timing and overall dynamics for each attack across the rhythm.

First what you’ll want to do is isolate the part down to a single measure on just one chord. Then, perfect the count and the meter, even if that means clapping the count in the beginning rather than strumming it.

When the groove starts feeling fairly decent, play the section on its own to make sure your strumming is 100% on the mark. 

Then, once you fully comprehend that feel, play the original recorded track on software that can slow the speed down, and work toward total perfection of the part as you speed up the recording back to the songs original tempo.

For the solo from, “Smoke on the Water,” start by isolating the first phrase of the solo, and take notice of how that part connects into the next part of the solo.

But, remember to keep what you’re studying isolated into very small segments. I would suggest to pay more attention to how each of the solos’ statements are phrased and work at isolating each one. Then, try joining them together...

Once you have all the notes, the rhythm, and the accuracy of all of the; bends and hammer-on’s, pull-off’s and slides. 

Next, turn on the original recording in your favorite slow-down software - so that you can start practicing each part perfectly along with the recording. 

One thing I need to mention is that this process only works if the practice is being done with an end goal of absolute perfection of how you’re playing back those parts.

This is why it is probably a really good idea to play what you’re practicing for a musician friend that you know and get their critique. Or perhaps, if you’re taking weekly lessons with a teacher, play what you’re practicing for them and ask for their feedback.

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The lessons are all well planned they’re easy to follow – and they all work in a very organized way so that in the end, you’ll increase your knowledge of guitar, and you’ll be able to start incorporating higher end guitar skills for the music that you enjoy … Well, as always, I’d like to end off by saying thanks for joining me.

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