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Ivan Zecic
Posted on: May 6 2010, 08:18 PM


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QUOTE (SirJamsalot @ May 5 2010, 10:01 PM) *
Cool-downs are good for physical sports because your muscles build up acid from all the physical exersion faster than your system can get rid of it. That's one cause of sore muscles after a hard workout. The idea is to keep the circulation going without exerting the kind of rigor that builds up the acid in the first place. I would ask your doctor for actual "advice" on methods for guitar. As a volleyball player, part of the cool down process was a light jog for 15 minutes, and if our practice spanned a day (day off), the day off was a 15 minute walk just to break a light sweat.

Another thing to consider would be making sure your warm-up exercises don't involve string bends, and actually doing swift and light chromatic scales (1/2 step) so you're not spanning frets and stretching your hand prior to being warmed up. Warm up for 5 or so minutes doing very light work, then step away for 5 minutes before starting up again - that gives your hand a chance to relax while the chemicals sent thru your circulatory system telling your heart and muscles to gear up for a workout have a chance to respond. My father had a heart transplant so I learned a bit how the heart gets its signals to speed up or slow down from the chemicals in the blood since there are no nerve attachments to the heart anylonger.

But disclaimer as always: consult your physician and take his/her advice so I don't sued for malpractice wink.gif

-- edit -- oh, and eat a banana a day-they're potassium rich muscle food! ask any monkey, he'll agree.


Great post!

You can also check Petrucci's warm-up exercises from Rock Discipline where he stretches his hands and does little massages wink.gif
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Ivan Zecic
Posted on: Apr 6 2010, 03:17 PM


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Welcome Marius! Looking forward to your lessons!
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Ivan Zecic
Posted on: Mar 21 2010, 04:25 PM


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You can just cut a couple of grooves over your pick (like eddie van halen stripes pattern - in all directions) with a sharp knife and it will never get slippery again...
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Ivan Zecic
Posted on: Feb 14 2010, 12:10 PM


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QUOTE (Christophe @ Feb 13 2010, 09:59 PM) *
Thanks Zakk laugh.gif

But as you saw, sometimes I don't find the right place to pick and it's very borring.. mad.gif
I can't make vibrato well yet because I feel strained when I make vibrato dry.gif

you can even practice vibrato like some other techniques, start slower (in this case really slow, and narrow, don't go too wide) and then go faster. the key is in getting your fingers/hands memorise the motion...

sometimes even bad pickups can actually ruin your pinched harmonics, but only to a certain extent... it's all in your fingers and a matter of practice.
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Ivan Zecic
Posted on: Feb 10 2010, 09:01 PM


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QUOTE (Emir Hot @ Feb 10 2010, 01:00 PM) *
Nice explanation but I prefer thinking of all this in a modal way. The terms he uses are more classical music terms even though it's all correct and it's the same thing. When going from C to F I think of Lydian rather than sub-dominant but anyway thanks for sharing smile.gif

+1!
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Ivan Zecic
Posted on: Feb 9 2010, 12:49 PM


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A long time ago I remember I wanted that guitar, but had no money... biggrin.gif
Congratulations!
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Ivan Zecic
Posted on: Feb 9 2010, 12:48 PM


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Yes, that's because of the noise, but you can also cover that with your right hand!
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Ivan Zecic
Posted on: Feb 3 2010, 03:21 PM


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Hi Damir! Welcome!
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Ivan Zecic
Posted on: Jan 26 2010, 02:36 PM


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QUOTE (Ivan Milenkovic @ Jan 22 2010, 11:28 PM) *
Sure, the hands are in constant movement. It's important to be efficient with movements as well, so bare that in mind too.

Absolutely!
As long as you feel relaxed, and as long as you get what you want from your hands, it's perfectly ok!
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Ivan Zecic
Posted on: Jan 22 2010, 07:02 PM


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I always learn by ear, but sometimes the video can be helpful if you want to see where something was played (talking about guitar music of course biggrin.gif )
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Ivan Zecic
Posted on: Jan 22 2010, 07:01 PM


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Cool stuff! I used to play the second piece (Bach) on a piano...
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Posted on: Jan 10 2010, 11:01 PM


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you can even use your ear, especially if you have a hardtail. tune it to your 4th string, which is also D. you can play the natural harmonic above the 12th fret on the 6th string (E), and then tune it down till it sounds exactly the same as your 4th string.
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Posted on: Jan 10 2010, 02:44 PM


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Play around with angles, but I think the problem is in your amp/effect processor...
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Ivan Zecic
Posted on: Jan 8 2010, 01:49 PM


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And another thing I'd like to mention, which is extremely helpful, is to relax your hands! Don't force yourself to make smaller movements, loosen your arms and it will come much easier!
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Ivan Zecic
Posted on: Jan 8 2010, 01:46 PM


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You can also play along gmc backintracks, there's plenty of them here!
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Ivan Zecic
Posted on: Jan 6 2010, 03:06 PM


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That's completely normal, you can even hear that on fixed bridges if you have an excellent ear. Real guitar masters deal with it by bending the flattened string just a bit, so it stays PRETTY MUCH in tune, but if you don't want to mess around with that, just get a tremol-no, or simply block your tremolo. (the first option is way better)
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Posted on: Jan 6 2010, 03:02 PM


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Well, there are many tips and tricks that can help you a lot with restringing and changing gauges in only a few minutes. I am pretty good at understanding the mechanics, so I never had any probems with a floyd, but there are people who are complete noobs at that field, or haven't ever dealed with floyd, so I think it would be useful to make a lesson on that.
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Ivan Zecic
Posted on: Dec 29 2009, 01:34 PM


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I wish I had the same Santa... Congratz!
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Ivan Zecic
Posted on: Dec 29 2009, 01:32 PM


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You have to be able to hear something in advance. In other words, you have to imagine an interesting phrase or lick before you play it and then execute it without sounding sloppy or ending at the "wrong" note, these are the most common mistakes begginers make.
The best way to practice phrasing is: just sit down, create or hear a cool sounding lick in your head and then figure out how to play it on guitar. You have to imagine slides, bends, small decorative bends, pull offs and hammer ons; in other words EVERYTHING exactly as if you heard that lick being played by somebody else...
With some time and practice you'll be able to apply it while improvising!
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Posted on: Dec 6 2009, 12:58 PM


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Now I might want to try that pedal biggrin.gif
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Posted on: Dec 6 2009, 12:56 PM


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That was a great review!
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Ivan Zecic
Posted on: Oct 30 2009, 01:53 PM


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Welcome! You are an amazing guitarist, it's great to have you here!
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Ivan Zecic
Posted on: Oct 30 2009, 01:45 PM


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You were one of my favourite instructors, sorry to hear that... You are a good musician and I wish you all the best in your musical career!
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Ivan Zecic
Posted on: Oct 23 2009, 11:26 PM


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You just have to hire a guy for a full time job (8 hours a day) to change those strings and to tune them every day.
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Posted on: Sep 17 2009, 03:56 PM


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Rhythm placement 4.5
Cleanness 4.3
Feel 4.8
Posture 4.7
Sound 4.7

This was a pretty good take considering the difficulty of this piece. You just have to work more on rhythm and timing, I guess that was the weakest point in this video... Other than that, you did an impressive job!
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