Tip Of The Day #4, Dejan
Andrew Cockburn
Apr 25 2008, 12:34 PM
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Whenever possible, practice in front of a mirror. It may help you to have good posture and easily spot any tension you may have, but are unaware of while concentrated on practicing.


Posture is very important - its something I am still working on after ignoring it for a long time and getting into some bad habits. Its also just as important for electric as for classical guitar - you need to make sure you practice in a similar position to how you will play live or it will all feel wrong when you get on stage!

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I can definetly agree with this. I never used to pracrice in front of a mirror, but i've learned alot recently by watching my own videos.

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Vinod Saranga
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Classical guitar player has lot to do with posture. smile.gif

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Bogdan Radovic
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This is very important tip! I don't have any mirrors suitable for this though sad.gif But I was told this one by one instructor long time ago..With a mirror you can definitly get a new perspective on things you are doing - how you are placing your hands and everything and that knowledge can help you a lot! Also as Andrew said , you need to make sure you hold the guitar on the same height when you practice sitting , and when you play it standing on stage..I would recommend practicing standing - thats the best way for me..Otherwise you can get in trouble when you go on stage and can't play something that you practiced so much..

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Watching yourself playing can fur sure help to track down problems, just as recording yourself is very important.

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Another nice tip, playing in front of a mirror can also motivate you.

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Nemanja Filipovi...
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I started to do that after I so my self for the first time on tv.So it helped me a lot.
Great tip Dejan.

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Bogdan Radovic
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QUOTE (Nemanja Filipovic @ Apr 26 2008, 10:08 AM) *
I started to do that after I so my self for the first time on tv.So it helped me a lot.
Great tip Dejan.


I undestand why guitarsts do it (hand positions etc) , why singers do it ?? Breath controlling ? Or for stage performance , charisma practicing ? smile.gif

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Breath control - when I was having singing lessons, my teacher had a big mirror in the room to help people to understand their breating.

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Excellent advice! Also improving not only practicing posture but on stage posture can be very handy! smile.gif

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QUOTE (Ivan Milenkovic @ Apr 26 2008, 02:54 PM) *
Excellent advice! Also improving not only practicing posture but on stage posture can be very handy! smile.gif

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QUOTE (Bogdan Radovic @ Apr 26 2008, 05:00 PM) *
I undestand why guitarsts do it (hand positions etc) , why singers do it ?? Breath controlling ? Or for stage performance , charisma practicing ? smile.gif

Ha,I dont know how to practice charisma,I thinks that is some thing you have or you don't.:)But you are wright I practice for stage performance...I had a lot "flying guitars",so I get rid of that hand gesture and started to dance a bit,but not to much.smile.gif

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QUOTE (Bogdan Radovic @ Apr 26 2008, 05:00 PM) *
I undestand why guitarsts do it (hand positions etc) , why singers do it ?? Breath controlling ? Or for stage performance , charisma practicing ? smile.gif

I also think it is very important for a frontmen/singer to practice gestures and posture in front of a mirror. It looks much more professional then random jumping and dancing on stage. It is a rare gift to have such talent and charisma to be able to stand on the stage and without any practice look good and appealing. It all comes down to hard work in front of the mirror eventually, especially for the singers.

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QUOTE (Ivan Milenkovic @ Apr 27 2008, 02:38 PM) *
I also think it is very important for a frontmen/singer to practice gestures and posture in front of a mirror. It looks much more professional then random jumping and dancing on stage. It is a rare gift to have such talent and charisma to be able to stand on the stage and without any practice look good and appealing. It all comes down to hard work in front of the mirror eventually, especially for the singers.

I agree 100 %

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I am glad you like the tip biggrin.gif

Playing in front of mirror helped me the most to get rid of some tension I had in my left hand, but did not notice while watching "from above". Also trying to get rid of my pinky flying around and to keep him still while not playing with him, but it's a tough job smile.gif

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Excellent tip - which I haven't really thought of as a tip, but now that you say it, the mirror in my room has probably helped me more than I realise! (I use it mostly to check my haircut!! laugh.gif )

The mirror is of course a great way of comparing your own posture to the ones you see in the videos at GMC!

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