i stumbled upon two great exercises for building speed.
the first is to help speed up economy picking.
utilize it to wind up before crossing strings doing the 3nps economy picked scale runs. got to thank joe stump for helping me find this one. found it trying to play one of his exercises from his metal chop shop book.
you know the drill ala petrucci’s burst method. play it slow with the metronome then after some time play it double speed. you will be pleasantly suprised how fast youll be shredding with this one.
the second is to buy the pro version of this app metronome beats. there might be a free app i dont know i just like this metronome.
you need the paid for version to unlock the up to 900 bpm tempo.
you will set to increase tempo every 8 seconds or whatever you choose dial it back a few bpm below your max notes per second.
this method works well because say you are doing sextuplets at 100 and trying to work up to 120.
so as you see you get a smoother increase in speed so you really pinpoint where it is the tension is creeping in or where your weakness lies.
so you know where to work at when dealing with speed issues.
so instead of working at 100bpm playing 6 notes per beat start at 600 bpm and play one note with the click and let it accelerate. you wont even notice the increase and i bet you will increase your speed by at least .6 nps from your current max if not more.
you can utilize this metronome method with anything your trying to speed up. let it click nonstop and accelerate over time while youre working on your material. but remember if its something new that confuses your hands start much slower at around 200 or 300 bpm for a day or two.
Furthermore I have this suspicion that to really get faster that Konnakol might help. Especially with odd note groupings, 5s 7s 9s. Not sure yet, but my spidey senses are tingling that this might be a key factor in really cementing higher nps numbers.
So as you see there are no shortcuts you better get crackin and attack your weaknesses head on.
bonus video! pay attention to the very first exercise she shows you. but also watch it until the end.