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thijsmans
post Apr 11 2009, 01:59 PM
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hello,

i feel like im kinda stuck in my playing...
picking up my guitar is getting harder and harder, i dont feel like i have the motivation to really reach my goal:
playing improvised melodic solos over every chord scheme.
i want to play great solos with alternate picking, sweep picking, legato, tapping, enz.

i think i need someone to get me a lesson programm that will lead me to my goal, and to motivate me, keeping tracks of my progress...

is this possible? smile.gif

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post Apr 11 2009, 02:03 PM
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Play some blues wink.gif
seriously, theres nothing as a good bluesy background to build on.
i often just improvise by ear over various backings, and it really improves my melody lines.. u can also try singing ur solos over the backing and then "translate" it to guitar.
and if u are bored. then stop bother urself with exercises

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post Apr 11 2009, 07:44 PM
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How long are you practicing? What do you know from theory? Please answer this so we can have a general idea about your current level, so we can give some suggestions.


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post Apr 12 2009, 06:35 AM
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Motivation is really important for a good practice
I recommend two things here:

1- You can be a mad man about technique and get motivated about your own practice
2- You can learn the songs you love to hear or the lessons you love to hear

1- This kind of practice you achive through the emotion of reaching the top of your level and pass beyond it. Let's say you can play the C major scale in a pattern of 8th note triplets at quarter = 120 so you reach the top then you can pass it and play it at quarter=125 and add a little bit more every week. So the motivation comes from the technique itself and your own improvement

2- Learning the songs and solos you've always wanted to play it's a great motivation. For example, if you like the Master of Puppets solo, you can play it at a speed that it's confortable for you, let's say quarter=60 and then improve it to get it at the real speed.

I think if you take both of the recommendations you'll improve your practicing time really fast.

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post Apr 12 2009, 12:34 PM
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As for motivation,
I guess one of the tools MANy use is to watch
great and inspiring players,
Youtube is full of everything!

And for your soloing,
all you have to do is to get some
more focused practicing in areas you mentioned,
picking, legato, tapping etc.

GMC has AMAZING library of lessons covering all that,
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type topic you want and chose level that fits you,
happy practicing! smile.gif


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post Apr 12 2009, 06:57 PM
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I want to help you but I am afraid I will end in another GMC Comic laugh.gif


I suggest making detailed practice schedule, work on your strong and weak areas of playing, use timer, specific exercises, solos, lessons etc.
All that should motivate you and in a way make you become more determined.


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post Apr 12 2009, 07:32 PM
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thank you for your comments smile.gif

ramiro:
i think that all you say would help, but i need to know what to practise...
i know i will get motivated like crazy, but for that i need to have a detailed plan of wich i know will work to a specific goal.
i i have a practice routine, and seeing results, my motivation will get more and more!
so, can someone help me with a lesson plan?

ivan:
i am playing guitar for about 3 years now i think...
first years where alot of acoustic guitar, i can fingerpick alot songs, like dust in the wind, here without you, nothing else matters, and that sort of stuff, almost all acoustic songs i think...

at the electric, solo, guitar i 'master' (well not master, but i am comfortable with):
Alternate picking,
the pentatonic scale, (still having some problems getting out of my first box, and need to learn all the root notes better)
my vibrato is not great, but not terrible, wink.gif
legato, (hammer ons and pull offs are pretty good developed smile.gif
bending, large bends are somewhat hard to get the right pitch immedeatly,
i know how to use a metronome, laugh.gif
i have learned speedpicking tripleets stuff, but i am pretty slow at that,


what i want to achieve is:

techniques:
sweep picking,
legato,
tapping,
speed picking,

scales:
knowing what scales i should learn next,
i want to learn about modes, but it seems really complex to me.
should i learn the major scale?
i need some serious help at that point.

so the point: i want to play a sweet melodic solo over any chord scheme, inlcuding the techniques i mentioned above.


what i need is someone to help me making a practice routine that will make me do this!

thanks, you guys are amazing smile.gif
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post Apr 12 2009, 08:57 PM
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QUOTE (thijsmans @ Apr 12 2009, 02:32 PM) *
thank you for your comments smile.gif

ramiro:
i think that all you say would help, but i need to know what to practise...
i know i will get motivated like crazy, but for that i need to have a detailed plan of wich i know will work to a specific goal.
i i have a practice routine, and seeing results, my motivation will get more and more!
so, can someone help me with a lesson plan?

ivan:
i am playing guitar for about 3 years now i think...
first years where alot of acoustic guitar, i can fingerpick alot songs, like dust in the wind, here without you, nothing else matters, and that sort of stuff, almost all acoustic songs i think...

at the electric, solo, guitar i 'master' (well not master, but i am comfortable with):
Alternate picking,
the pentatonic scale, (still having some problems getting out of my first box, and need to learn all the root notes better)
my vibrato is not great, but not terrible, wink.gif
legato, (hammer ons and pull offs are pretty good developed smile.gif
bending, large bends are somewhat hard to get the right pitch immedeatly,
i know how to use a metronome, laugh.gif
i have learned speedpicking tripleets stuff, but i am pretty slow at that,


what i want to achieve is:

techniques:
sweep picking,
legato,
tapping,
speed picking,

scales:
knowing what scales i should learn next,
i want to learn about modes, but it seems really complex to me.
should i learn the major scale?
i need some serious help at that point.

so the point: i want to play a sweet melodic solo over any chord scheme, inlcuding the techniques i mentioned above.


what i need is someone to help me making a practice routine that will make me do this!

thanks, you guys are amazing smile.gif


How much do you know about chords? I would highly suggest learning the major scale and then tackling andrew's lesson on CAGED to begin with.


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post Apr 17 2009, 09:04 PM
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hi, thank you for your comments smile.gif

i am still wondering if anyone could like 'coach' me,
helping me to make a lesson plan, a practice routine?
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post Apr 17 2009, 09:19 PM
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QUOTE (thijsmans @ Apr 17 2009, 10:04 PM) *
hi, thank you for your comments smile.gif

i am still wondering if anyone could like 'coach' me,
helping me to make a lesson plan, a practice routine?


Sounds like the mtp program is what you're looking for smile.gif
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post Apr 17 2009, 09:35 PM
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QUOTE (thijsmans @ Apr 17 2009, 10:04 PM) *
hi, thank you for your comments smile.gif

i am still wondering if anyone could like 'coach' me,
helping me to make a lesson plan, a practice routine?


Sure mate, PM me, and I will help you. Cheers


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post Apr 17 2009, 09:48 PM
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QUOTE (Martin la guitarra @ Apr 17 2009, 10:19 PM) *
Sounds like the mtp program is what you're looking for smile.gif


mtp? whats that? smile.gif
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mentor'd training program. Check the seperate board in the communitie's board.


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post Apr 20 2009, 06:45 AM
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Why don't you join me on my quest to learn everything you need to know to pass the starters -exam for music university. I start pretty much from zero for the theoretical matter. My first step was to go the store and buy some paper and a pen. I plan on learning and understanding the theory in the first place, playing all those scales depends on how fast I can memorize them and how they sound of course.

I don't know how your theory knowledge is, but my guess is : not enough, because you say you are stuck and need help. If the difficulties are technical, I'm sure some people can help you with that...

musictheory.net and on masterclass forum: where to start (must really check it ot if you haven't already)
So you know where to start, you don't know where/if you'll end, the best kind of situations..


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