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post Jan 2 2008, 05:03 AM
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What's up guys. Just wanted to know what you are stuck on and how you are practicing to overcome it.
Me, well I'm still considered a beginner and of course, going through the scales, but alternate picking is kicking my arse.

Muris put a new beginner lesson out recently and i love it. Lots of techniques involved and I got them all at 50bpm except for the dang AP part. I'm working on it though. Just wanted to see what you guys were going through in your quest for guitar greatness! wink.gif


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post Jan 2 2008, 05:06 AM
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QUOTE (skennington @ Jan 2 2008, 05:03 AM) *
What's up guys. Just wanted to know what you are stuck on and how you are practicing to overcome it.
Me, well I'm still considered a beginner and of course, going through the scales, but alternate picking is kicking my arse.

Muris put a new beginner lesson out recently and i love it. Lots of techniques involved and I got them all at 50bpm except for the dang AP part. I'm working on it though. Just wanted to see what you guys were going through in your quest for guitar greatness! wink.gif


Speed, idk. I practice it so much guitar is starting to seem like a job now...thats why I've been trying to just learn cover songs lately get my motivation back up.


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post Jan 2 2008, 05:47 AM
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sweeps and AP + speed and endurance


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post Jan 2 2008, 10:44 AM
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My pinky finger is not strong enough!!! sad.gif It's really short too. It runs in the family dry.gif

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post Jan 2 2008, 10:47 AM
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Keep up practicing with the AP, soon it will be second nature. I'm trying to work on playing with the metronome and taping my foot to the beat while playing to stay in time.


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post Jan 2 2008, 12:52 PM
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Speed - it's so hard to play faster than I can think - i think reeeel slow rolleyes.gif


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post Jan 2 2008, 01:02 PM
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My problem is that I can sweeppick smooth right up the the 23rd fret and than it sounds bad tongue.gif smile.gif smile.gif


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post Jan 2 2008, 01:06 PM
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QUOTE (shellshock1911 @ Jan 1 2008, 11:06 PM) *
Speed, idk. I practice it so much guitar is starting to seem like a job now...thats why I've been trying to just learn cover songs lately get my motivation back up.


Me, too. I have managed to create a very organized routine that takes about 5 hours per day to do. Even though I spread it out, I think I just have too much technique stuff in there.....scales, chord scales, scale patterns, sight reading exercises, endurance and picking exercises.....and so on. When I look at it overall, I barely have any time for songs or improvisation.....so naturally I stink at both. But I can play some really nice Eb Major scale pattern studies for you, woo hoo!

So I've decided to pare down the technique stuff and increase the more funner stuff...try to use songs as some of the technique practice/ speed practice.........start slow and increase BPM on a song. I'm going to use GP5 for that, too.

And, I'm going to STOP BUYING TONS OF INSTRUCTIONAL STUFF, at least for a while.

Hmmmmmm....maybe it's time to just practice the stuff that I DO have.


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post Jan 2 2008, 01:09 PM
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QUOTE (Freddie Fourfingers @ Jan 2 2008, 09:06 PM) *
So I've decided to pare down the technique stuff and increase the more funner stuff...try to use songs as some of the technique practice/ speed practice.........start slow and increase BPM on a song. I'm going to use GP5 for that, too.

And, I'm going to STOP BUYING TONS OF INSTRUCTIONAL STUFF, at least for a while.

Hmmmmmm....maybe it's time to just practice the stuff that I DO have.


Hallelujah brother - on all these points smile.gif


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post Jan 2 2008, 01:14 PM
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It is tempting to buy lots of instructional stuff for sure. I just tell myself GMC is all I need and that im far better of practicing than buying laugh.gif


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post Jan 2 2008, 05:29 PM
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QUOTE (mattacuk @ Jan 2 2008, 01:14 PM) *
It is tempting to buy lots of instructional stuff for sure. I just tell myself GMC is all I need and that im far better of practicing than buying laugh.gif

I second that! laugh.gif

I will not admit just how much I've spent on "instructional stuff"! huh.gif

Working on speed and timing.
And it's slow going, since I haven't really used a metronome before.. mellow.gif

But, the Pandora really is a Godsend here! ((Metronome/Rythm)) smile.gif


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post Jan 2 2008, 05:38 PM
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GMC is all the instructional stuff i need biggrin.gif.. but i also bought guitar pro.. my problem right now is time sad.gif I havn't the time to practice as much as i should sad.gif im only getting in about an hour aday right now + doodling


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post Jan 2 2008, 05:44 PM
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QUOTE (Smikey2006 @ Jan 2 2008, 05:38 PM) *
GMC is all the instructional stuff i need biggrin.gif.. but i also bought guitar pro.. my problem right now is time sad.gif I havn't the time to practice as much as i should sad.gif im only getting in about an hour aday right now + doodling

Me too.
Real Life is a bitch.

But I firmly believe that you can get very far if you quality doodle for and hour each day. smile.gif

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The key word there is quality doodle tongue.gif


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post Jan 2 2008, 06:09 PM
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Weak pinky!

However, I've been practising this obsessively for about a week now and it's helping massively, I'd definatly recommend it to anyone else with the same issue.


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QUOTE (Moon Boots @ Jan 2 2008, 12:09 PM) *
Weak pinky!

However, I've been practising this obsessively for about a week now and it's helping massively, I'd definatly recommend it to anyone else with the same issue.


yup thats an awsome lession for a pinky workout.. i learned alot of it and i doodle around withit alot smile.gif


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My biggest problem is songwriting, at least that's what I want to get better at more than anything. But I also wouldn't mind being able to play a bit faster, even though I don't see speed as the ultimate goal. So yeah, songwriting, and just alternate picking and legato fast. (I don't really care that much about fancy stuff like sweep picking)


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post Jan 2 2008, 07:40 PM
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QUOTE (Moon Boots @ Jan 3 2008, 06:09 AM) *
Weak pinky!

However, I've been practising this obsessively for about a week now and it's helping massively, I'd definatly recommend it to anyone else with the same issue.


Wow, thanks! smile.gif

And I forgot to mention that I can't speed pick or sweep pick.


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post Jan 2 2008, 07:47 PM
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QUOTE (jacmoe @ Jan 2 2008, 04:29 PM) *
I second that! laugh.gif

I will not admit just how much I've spent on "instructional stuff"! huh.gif

Working on speed and timing.
And it's slow going, since I haven't really used a metronome before.. mellow.gif

But, the Pandora really is a Godsend here! ((Metronome/Rythm)) smile.gif


The Pandora is such a powerful tool !! I havent touched my Korg Standalone metronome in weeks!! true prefer its beep to the pandoras tick..... but with drums rythms and such at your fingertips its too good to miss wink.gif

With regards to instructionals I just had to tell myself no, dont buy anymore its a waste of money!! I would like to work through all of paul gilberts DVDs but i just say "no matt, do your fabulous GMC exercises" and I do... and it pays of !! smile.gif

QUOTE (Tomy Jeon @ Jan 2 2008, 06:40 PM) *
thanks! smile.gif And I forgot to mention that I can't speed pick or sweep pick.


......YET wink.gif smile.gif


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QUOTE (mattacuk @ Jan 3 2008, 07:47 AM) *
i just say "no matt, do your fabulous GMC exercises"


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