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Henkka
post Jan 18 2008, 06:02 PM
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Hello!

My name is Henri and I'm from Finland. That's right, the land where polar bears stroll.

I Work in the field of IT/web dev., and at the moment I pretty much don't have any other hobbies besides playing guitar. smile.gif

Actually It's a funny thing, when I was younger I played a lot for few years. I was in my school's "music class", and we performed in our school's events and concerts etc. It was fun and playing with friends for a hour in the middle of a long school day was a superb stress reliever. Though I hated the performing part, propably because I wasn't that good after all. We played Stairway to heaven as our last song in our "graduation" concert. I'll never forget that glorious day... it was the day I laid down my guitar. My performance on the stage was horrible, and because of this the stress reliever had become the biggest source if the stress itself... so I decided never to touch the guitar again.

~6 years later, a bit wiser, not a bit smarter (definately lazier...), I picked up my old guitar for some recollection (this was few months ago)... and I've been on that road ever since. And I've had so much fun. smile.gif

I even bought a new guitar, black Ibanez rg321, and I just love it... but gear doesn't make me any better player so I signed up! wink.gif

Top bands at the moment: Dream theater, Between the buried and me, Symphony X, Devin Townsend, Sonata Arctica ... but when it comes to playing, everything goes.

So here's my humble introduction thread, I hope you can help me become a better player and I can help you become better ... in something. smile.gif

Cheers!



-Henkka

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OH I totally forgot something! I have this huge issue while playing ... when I'm playing, I tend to bite my teeth together really hard! It hurts! Any tips for fixing this?? biggrin.gif

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post Jan 18 2008, 06:04 PM
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post Jan 18 2008, 06:07 PM
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post Jan 18 2008, 06:12 PM
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QUOTE (Muris @ Jan 18 2008, 06:07 PM) *
Welcome Henri,feel free to ask if you need anything! smile.gif



hi muris laugh.gif laugh.gif

i was just wondering if you could make a new " in style of" lesson with mark knopflers song money for nothing... i checked the other lesson you made and it was amazing!! smile.gif laugh.gif
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post Jan 18 2008, 06:22 PM
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post Jan 18 2008, 06:25 PM
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Hi Henri,

Good to see you've gone back to your guitar. You'll love it here at GMC plenty to learn and the instructors are superb. You will improve. smile.gif


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post Jan 18 2008, 06:48 PM
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HI mate..

The biting thing..how about a mouth guard mate? wink.gif


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post Jan 18 2008, 06:54 PM
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post Jan 18 2008, 07:23 PM
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Welcome Henri ! Nice guitar you have there, soon you will have the skills to give it a real work out wink.gif


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Hi Henri and welcome!

The mouth thing - that is down to tension and is the enemy of us all - it means you are not 100% comfortable with what you are laying so you tense up which makes it a little harder so you play worse and it goes around.

One way to combat this is to practice relaxation, and playing very slowly. When you can play something very slowly and perfectly relaxed then speed up a little, all the time playing cleanly, easily and in a relaxed way - eventually you will be playing at super speed and still relaxed - and the key is repetition.

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post Jan 18 2008, 08:46 PM
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QUOTE (Henkka @ Jan 18 2008, 06:02 PM) *
OH I totally forgot something! I have this huge issue while playing ... when I'm playing, I tend to bite my teeth together really hard! It hurts! Any tips for fixing this?? biggrin.gif

Welcome. smile.gif Painkillers? unsure.gif

The only thing I can think of is to convince yourself NOT to bite, obviously you can't control it when playing. So try sticking your tounge out, I bet your mind will tell you not to bite so hard while you're too busy playing the guitar unable to think to control it.
Won't look so nice maybe but perhaps a good start, next thing, before you go on stage would be to get used keeping your tounge in. laugh.gif
...might not look that way but this was a serious suggestion. huh.gif


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post Jan 18 2008, 09:59 PM
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post Jan 18 2008, 11:13 PM
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post Jan 18 2008, 11:14 PM
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post Jan 19 2008, 01:24 AM
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Very nice introduction , welcome to GMC man !! wink.gif

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post Jan 19 2008, 03:45 PM
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Actually I was really thinking about this...Because its an obvious stress related thing.

So my real suggestion is this:

SING!

I'm not talking about learning words etc...But maybe take a lesson from George Benson, and humm or sort of sing along with your playing.

I have done this on the piano for jazz stuff when playing free jazz. Its cool and also helps you in learning about pitch and note selection.

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