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holoshreder
post Jan 16 2008, 06:26 PM
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Hey Gmcers



i have been playing for a month and something now , still very noobish (cant even bend properly)
got into GMC 2 weeks ago (loving it)

i want to become one of the great guitarists of the world in a good progressive metal band
i am devoting all my spare time to my dream
im 16 now and maybe when im 18 i expect to be ina band playing in small gigs
(i know that its a very dificult goal but im gonna work for it)

i was hoping that you guys could give me some tips VERY VERY basic tips

so that one day when im a famous guitarist i might say GMC helped me at the time when i couldnt even bend a string properly cool.gif

PS an also sujest some lessons ROCK ON GMC!!


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post Jan 16 2008, 06:42 PM
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These are some tips based on when i was starting out and stuff, i've got a LOT to learn but these might help a beginner:
  • Practice slow and accuratly
  • Use a metronome
  • Bending: your palm should never leave the fretboard
  • Bending: Try bending with your wrist
  • Vibrato: When practicing vibrato, apply the vibrato slowly until you get a feel for the motion, then gradually speed up
  • Your fingers will naturally stretch, give them time and don't over do it
  • Speed: "Speed is a byproduct of accuracy"
  • Don't just practice lead techniques, a good guitarist will be able to play both lead and rhythm
  • If you practice at a speed that is too high for you, you will get nowhere, practice a speed that is comfortable for you
  • Introduce alternate or economy picking early on in your playing
  • practicing scales and improvising is equally important
  • Jam with other players
  • Record yourself and play it back to you, what needs improving the most?

That's all i can think of at the moment, hope it helps smile.gif
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post Jan 16 2008, 06:43 PM
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QUOTE (holoshreder @ Jan 16 2008, 07:26 PM) *
Hey Gmcers
i have been playing for a month and something now , still very noobish (cant even bend properly)
got into GMC 2 weeks ago (loving it)

i want to become one of the great guitarists of the world in a good progressive metal band
i am devoting all my spare time to my dream
im 16 now and maybe when im 18 i expect to be ina band playing in small gigs
(i know that its a very dificult goal but im gonna work for it)

i was hoping that you guys could give me some tips VERY VERY basic tips

so that one day when im a famous guitarist i might say GMC helped me at the time when i couldnt even bend a string properly cool.gif

PS an also sujest some lessons ROCK ON GMC!!


Hey man!

Most important tip I can give you is to have fun, you got a great goal but in order to reach it you need to accomplish many smaller goals first, making small achievable goals will motivate you to keep going!

My other tip would be to not rush yourself, you should allways practice at a speed you'r comfortable with, playing at a speed you'r not comfortable with might hurt you, it will defintly slow down you'r progress, and most importantly it will sound BAD! and you want to sound GOOD right???


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post Jan 16 2008, 06:46 PM
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you bet i do biggrin.gif


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post Jan 16 2008, 06:47 PM
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Yep, Steve nailed it.


One more important thing, I've been playing for like 5 years and sometimes (before GMC) I got the feeling that I wasn't progressing or getting any better and I should just give up. DON'T give up, infact practice more. Nothing is more gratifiying than advancing in guitar I believe. I find alot of musicians feel this way from time to time and some actually give up.

"Sometimes you want to give up the guitar, you'll hate the guitar. But if you stick with it, you're gonna be rewarded."
-Jimi Hendrix

Lucky for us Jimi didn't...
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post Jan 16 2008, 07:13 PM
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like fatb0t said, never give up. The first year is the toughest i think, just push yourself hard and you will prevail.

Plus, you got the entire GMC Community at your back, any questions, feel free to ask! smile.gif
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post Jan 16 2008, 07:34 PM
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thx guys i realy apriciate your help

looks like im gonna stay here for a very loooooooooooong time

BTW what happen to kris? havent seen him arround yet O.o


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post Jan 16 2008, 07:35 PM
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I've found that when you dont learn new things and take in other peoples ideas then the tendancy is for enjoyment to slump.

My advice, aside agreeing with the others, is to ALWAYS learn new things, no matter how difficult!

Persistance will pay off! smile.gif


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post Jan 16 2008, 07:53 PM
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I've only been playing for a bit more than a year, but I might have some advice since the very begining was very recently.

My first advice would be to not focus on speed, you won't have any use for speed untill you have mastered the more basic parts of the guitar

I've only been playing for a bit more than a year, but I might have some advice since the very begining was very recently.

My first advice would be to not focus on speed, you won't have any use for speed untill you have mastered the more basic parts of the guitar such as bending and vibrato. And try to dedicate a lot time to just goofing around, even if you want progress really fast.

Other than that, just look for faults in your technique all the time, it might get you really mad somethimes (at least that's how it is for me), but it pays off in the end.

A third thing would be to play a lot, try to play the guitar every day, except if you feel strained or something.

But most of all, just have fun.

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post Jan 16 2008, 08:13 PM
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yeah over the days i have noticed that the guitar is very teperemental

one day its very happy one day its very mad

its almost like being married LOL


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post Jan 16 2008, 08:14 PM
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Haha, indeed, I've thought the same, but I suppose that's what makes it so much more than just a hobby or whatever.


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post Jan 16 2008, 08:25 PM
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Totally

i think its closer to what a friend is more than a hobby

i often talk to her O.o


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post Jan 16 2008, 09:02 PM
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Just play your guitar man, and the rest will come in time smile.gif have fun


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post Jan 17 2008, 12:23 AM
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QUOTE (Milenkovic Ivan @ Jan 16 2008, 03:02 PM) *
Just play your guitar man, and the rest will come in time smile.gif have fun


I agree! Just play. Pick it up EVERYDAY. Even if your just foolin around on it cause you just can't stand to hear ,what ever you've been practicing for the last week, again. The begginers course here is an excellent place to start. It's all here, man! There's no reason you won't be jammin on stage somewhere by the time your 18. Work hard at it and it could be alot sooner!Like anything you'll ever do. You get out of what you put into it.
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