Playing fast can be a great tool when used tastefully. Heck, it can be a great tool when used totally distastefully! Sure, sometimes a restrained, elegant, subtle single note can say it all, but sometimes you can’t say what you have to say without unleashing a torrent of million-mile-per-hour notes. Now, there are many different ways to approach playing fast. Some ways are very specific, such as sweep picking or tapping. Others are more general – simply a matter of “just play really, really fast.” But there’s one technique which falls somewhere in between these two approaches, and it can spice up everything from gutbucket blues to twangy country to all-out shred metal assault: circular picking.