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ben
post Oct 25 2006, 06:09 PM
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OK Here's 2 more questions.
Sorry I have so many, but Im sure they'll taper off as I keep going.

OK FIRST... When you are playing some crazy fast lick, are you looking at your fingering hand, or your picking hand, and if you're not looking at your licking hand, is there some kind of guide to help you find the right string everytime?

OK ONE MORE... Just watched the metronome video, when I'm doing 16th note triplets, what is the strumming pattern (ie: is it just up, down, up,down, etc?)

thanks again guys,
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Red Tie
post Oct 25 2006, 06:29 PM
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No, you need to get that feel, so you know exactly what strings next.
It's like chord analysing, you can't play a completely new song, looking at the paper, while struggeling finding the right chord-shapes.
It's something you need to learn to master, tough as it is.
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post Oct 25 2006, 07:56 PM
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I think most guitarist watch their fretting hand in the beginning, as it is doing more intricate work. As you get better, you can start practicing looking away from your guitar as you play. Start by first looking elsewhere when practicing chords. I think practicing looking elsewhere is important and often overlooked, as it develop a kind of spatial awareness between your hand and the fretboard that you usually rely on your eyes to achieve.

I use alternate picking (up, down, up, down), exclusively, except when sweeping arpeggios or legato scale sweeping. I tried fancy methods but found it better for me to just stay with strict alternate picking. I would definately advocate the same approach for someone just starting out.

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