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post Oct 8 2008, 06:04 PM
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what are the main things that you think a guitarist should practice? in general not neccasarily specific.
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post Oct 8 2008, 06:05 PM
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Alternate picking and improvising are a must for any guitarist no matter what style, imo smile.gif
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post Oct 8 2008, 06:14 PM
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Playing complete songs.

Not just exercises.



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post Oct 8 2008, 08:51 PM
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Well in general anything really. I think guitar player should practice whatever he loves to play, and practice as wider range of techniques possible. To really stand out, guitar player should invent some new moves and techniques and practice that too, so in general, anything that makes this player a better player and connect him better with the music, this is what he shoudl practice.


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post Oct 8 2008, 09:02 PM
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QUOTE (Ivan Milenkovic @ Oct 8 2008, 03:51 PM) *
Well in general anything really. I think guitar player should practice whatever he loves to play, and practice as wider range of techniques possible. To really stand out, guitar player should invent some new moves and techniques and practice that too, so in general, anything that makes this player a better player and connect him better with the music, this is what he shoudl practice.

Great advice here Ivan, anything that makes you feel good, if you are a beginner then you might not know what you want to learn, I believe every guitarist should know basic theory, how chords are constructed, scales. But as far as technique it is whatever you like.


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post Oct 8 2008, 09:06 PM
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QUOTE (jer @ Oct 8 2008, 07:14 PM) *
Playing complete songs.

Not just exercises.

Yeah, I fully agree. What's the use of knowing the intro to Sanatarium, Enter Sandman or Smoke but not the rest?

Put the scales, modes, riffs and tricks to practise!

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post Oct 8 2008, 09:08 PM
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I say, all guitarists should know scales, but practice so that you can also have
fun. I would say something like this...

--First, try to practice and memorize scales, a few at a time.

--Next, work on excersizes for techniques. Alternate picking, Sweep picking, tapping...

--Finally, you can play what you like to play. biggrin.gif

And never overwork yourself, or try to hard on something you can't do; you can work your
way to it. Don't expect to become amazing in one day... Practice every day, and you'll be good
before you know it. wink.gif


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post Oct 8 2008, 09:13 PM
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I would like to emphasize improvising, on any BT. This way you really get forced to know the fretboard and harmonizing is the main issue. You can launch your techniques live... and have a peep into composing...


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post Oct 8 2008, 09:26 PM
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You're on a good way to the best practice method already - You're a member of GMC! biggrin.gif
I think how you should practice has a bit to do with how long you've been playing - for example, I don't think I would have been motivated if I had to play scales up and down when I had been playing for 2 weeks!


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post Oct 8 2008, 11:37 PM
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QUOTE (Capt.Z @ Oct 8 2008, 10:08 PM) *
I say, all guitarists should know scales


Well I have to disagree, you don't really have to know scales(Jimi Hendrix for example didn't really know any theory).

But this just shows how there isn't a "best" practice method, and like others have said, if you like it, practice it!

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post Oct 9 2008, 03:01 PM
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i would have to say that you should learn the things you want to learn


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QUOTE (Iluha @ Oct 9 2008, 12:37 AM) *
Well I have to disagree, you don't really have to know scales(Jimi Hendrix for example didn't really know any theory).


I am of different opinion, because all the great players, like Jimi, and other players who didn't know the formal theory well, they actually knew their theory very well, but it was more of a practical theory, where they, through their great talent simply intuited those theory rules and accepted them through practical use. So they maybe didn't know some formal names, but I think they were quite aware of the theory and connecting the notes with those rules. It is just not formal theory.


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QUOTE (Ivan Milenkovic @ Oct 9 2008, 07:40 PM) *
I am of different opinion, because all the great players, like Jimi, and other players who didn't know the formal theory well, they actually knew their theory very well, but it was more of a practical theory, where they, through their great talent simply intuited those theory rules and accepted them through practical use. So they maybe didn't know some formal names, but I think they were quite aware of the theory and connecting the notes with those rules. It is just not formal theory.


Yeah, I didn't mean you shouldn't know any scales, but you shouldn't also think that you have to learn diffrent modes and such in order to make music, like you said, Hendrix did practiclly know the blues scale, but that's preety much the only scale he knew..

In short, scales are just like any other technique, their a tool that can help you write music, nothing more, nothing less.


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