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Landara
post Jul 23 2008, 05:32 PM
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Ok, I have signed up for the paid subscription to this site, and it's time to start practicing! But my problem is that there are so many videos and lessons here, I am having a hard time determining what I should start with. A little background on my playing ability(or lack thereof).

I do understand powerchords. That's probably the only thing i really understand very well.

I have been dabbling with the guitar for many years, off and on, and while I can't honestly say I have learned very much, I have become fairly comfortable with the act of playing itself. So, while I may not know much in the way of techniques, I am fairly decent when it comes to picking the correct strings for my finger placement, and general fretting ability.

I eventually want to play Metal, as this is what music I listen to the most. However, I know the metal is perhaps the hardest type of music to play, so it's not like I want to be Randy Rhodes or Dave Mustane by tomorrow =p I'm just not sure what I should be doing with my practice time right now. Should I be working on scales? If so, which ones, and what is the best way to work on them? Or should I be working on chords? Or speed picking? Or something else entirely?

Sorry to bother you guys, but I'd rather ask now then guess wrong and waste hours of practicing trying to learn something without first learning that which I will need to actually pull it off tongue.gif
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post Jul 23 2008, 05:45 PM
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Well its ok to start metal because they ease u in gradually. And if you want to learn scales, you can go to Andrew's Theory Forum to learn about scales. He gives you a list of what to start with. And if you want chords, you can start with the chords in the of C, or A video and such. But if you want to play metal, just pick a low level video.


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post Jul 23 2008, 06:05 PM
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Hi Landara,

Glad you could join us here at GMC. This has to be one of our most asked questions on the forum, and I know it can be frustrating not knowing where to start !! smile.gif

Here is a thread on "What to practice" started by another member. Why not look through some of our members replys ?

Any questions just ask!

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post Jul 23 2008, 06:06 PM
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I suggest you start with the kickoff that Kris has provided. KICKOFF
There are 6 lessons to this. Once you feel comfortable, then move on to some of the 101 lessons.


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post Jul 23 2008, 07:11 PM
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QUOTE (Landara @ Jul 23 2008, 06:32 PM) *
Ok, I have signed up for the paid subscription to this site, and it's time to start practicing! But my problem is that there are so many videos and lessons here, I am having a hard time determining what I should start with. A little background on my playing ability(or lack thereof).

I do understand powerchords. That's probably the only thing i really understand very well.

I have been dabbling with the guitar for many years, off and on, and while I can't honestly say I have learned very much, I have become fairly comfortable with the act of playing itself. So, while I may not know much in the way of techniques, I am fairly decent when it comes to picking the correct strings for my finger placement, and general fretting ability.

I eventually want to play Metal, as this is what music I listen to the most. However, I know the metal is perhaps the hardest type of music to play, so it's not like I want to be Randy Rhodes or Dave Mustane by tomorrow =p I'm just not sure what I should be doing with my practice time right now. Should I be working on scales? If so, which ones, and what is the best way to work on them? Or should I be working on chords? Or speed picking? Or something else entirely?

Sorry to bother you guys, but I'd rather ask now then guess wrong and waste hours of practicing trying to learn something without first learning that which I will need to actually pull it off tongue.gif


Most important thing to do, is learning to JAM!

That's right, jamming is what will make your ear nice, and make playing guitar ALOT more fun.
Start learning the major scale, and the major scale chords. Then you can for example, jam to Joe Satriani's Love thing, in E major.
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post Jul 23 2008, 07:55 PM
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Well, it is always good to start with some theory to backup what you have learned so far in practice. After you do some theory reading, you will have a more broader idea on what to practice.


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