Tom Serb

Tom Serb is a Chicago area guitarist who has been making music professionally since 1978. Over the course of the past twenty-five years he has managed to amuse himself by teaching, writing, performing, producing and composing. He is the author of Music Theory for Guitarists (NoteBoat, Inc., 2003), and a frequent contributor to the Guitar Noise forums.

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  1. Carlos
    June 14th, 2011 @ 8:46 am

    Really good advice. Thanks for sharing. Playing fast really is a problem, but playing fast on stage is a completely different story. On top of some standard physical issues there’s the mindset and additional stage-fright.

  2. Essien Emmanuel
    June 15th, 2011 @ 9:54 pm

    I still want to understand more on speed lessons

  3. teodoro juan
    June 18th, 2011 @ 7:40 am

    you are right.
    maybe most of the people, me included, are thinking in a different way—trying her/his best to move the fingers as fast as possible, even forcefully. less people, i guess, will start the process of fingers as the author described. so, the outcome is different—more haste, less speed.
    it’s understandable that 1 inch finger lift is 8-time slower than 1/8, but slow-motion-to-2nd- nature-would-increase-speed needs to be proven, because strong muscle memory might lead one into her’/his fixed habit built up in a long run.

  4. Corbind
    June 18th, 2011 @ 11:25 am

    That is very interesting (and informative) about using a stiffer pick. It seems counterintuitive but makes sense now that you’ve explained it.

  5. bob
    August 28th, 2011 @ 6:17 pm

    speed secrets…ive been playing for 5 or 10 years off and on and cant seem tp get faster on my own,ill try these speed secrets and anything else because im starting to think its hopeless for me-will let you know how i do

  6. Maxwell
    September 7th, 2011 @ 5:12 am

    Please put more links between your articles. Speed Secrets part 1 should link to Speed Secrets part 2. Part 2 should link to part 3, and back to part 1. Any subsequent parts should link back to all the previous parts at the start or end of the text. I’m tired of using the search function for everything on this site.

  7. Guitar Noise Staff
    September 8th, 2011 @ 5:44 pm

    Part five of this series was just posted. And we now link to all the other Speed Secrets articles. Hope this makes things easier to find and follow.

    – Paul

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