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post Apr 15 2009, 09:58 PM
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I`ve not been able to practise properly for weeks now...I`m just doing so many other things at once...like now, sitting on the forum tongue.gif

And I`ve done some testing today, and I`ve found out that thing`s was worse than I feared. Before, I could maintain a steady AP-exercise with 1/16 notes while playing at 180 bpm, and for a short while at 190 bpm (which corresponds to 1/16 triplets in 120 which I find quite fast). Now, I have to rest after a minute going in 160 bpm unsure.gif
I knew I`d lost some speed, but not that much!

Are there any AP-exercises which are more effective than others (since lack of time is one of the reasons for my bad practising, or so I say at least)?

And also, considering this loss of speed, I`ve decided to focus mainly on AP the next weeks. I need practise on all techniques, but I find this the most important one "shredwise" to manage since almost any song has more AP than sweep, tap etc. The problem is that so much AP-practise might be boring. Does anyone have some recommandations about good and fun lessons on AP? I know there are a lot here on GMC, but would like some opinions on which ones you guys likes best since I`ve just tried a fraction of them.

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post Apr 15 2009, 10:06 PM
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I have never stopped practicing for that long, but i suppose that the speed will come back after a few days if you play a lot.


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post Apr 15 2009, 10:08 PM
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QUOTE (Red @ Apr 15 2009, 11:06 PM) *
I have never stopped practicing for that long, but i suppose that the speed will come back after a few days if you play a lot.


I may have explained a little bad. I have not stopped practising. There is rarely many days in a row without picking up my guitar (except last week). I`ve just not practised properly and have not had any techniqual progress


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post Apr 15 2009, 10:15 PM
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QUOTE (mhskeide @ Apr 15 2009, 11:08 PM) *
I may have explained a little bad. I have not stopped practising. There is rarely many days in a row without picking up my guitar (except last week). I`ve just not practised properly and have not had any techniqual progress


Did you loose speed or didn't you have any technical progress?

If it's the progress then i suppose you just should practice when you are practicing and not just fool around if that's what you do smile.gif

And i don't have any lesson to recommend atm, but maybe you can check the guitar lessons thing in the left corner of the site?


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post Apr 15 2009, 10:18 PM
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Mayby you could try this lesson :

https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/solo-guit...rnate-picking1/

I've been practicing this thing for a while now (although not at full speed, I'm not that fast yet) and it could be just the excercise you need.

Could it be that you're just out of shape ? And that when you start excercising regularly it will come back soon ?

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post Apr 15 2009, 10:20 PM
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QUOTE (Red @ Apr 15 2009, 11:15 PM) *
Did you loose speed or didn't you have any technical progress?

If it's the progress then i suppose you just should practice when you are practicing and not just fool around if that's what you do smile.gif

And i don't have any lesson to recommend atm, but maybe you can check the guitar lessons thing in the left corner of the site?


Both, I have not had any techniqual progress + I`ve lost my speed sad.gif
The only thing I`ve progressed slightly in is my phrasing I feel. Which is a good thing since thats the most important thing when improvising.

I`ve tried it, but there are so many tongue.gif

After I`m done with my exams and drivers license, I`m going to practise my ass off!...until summers here and I`m going to work 9 hours a day huh.gif


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post Apr 15 2009, 10:27 PM
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QUOTE (mhskeide @ Apr 15 2009, 11:20 PM) *
Both, I have not had any techniqual progress + I`ve lost my speed sad.gif
The only thing I`ve progressed slightly in is my phrasing I feel. Which is a good thing since thats the most important thing when improvising.

I`ve tried it, but there are so many tongue.gif

After I`m done with my exams and drivers license, I`m going to practise my ass off!...until summers here and I`m going to work 9 hours a day huh.gif


Just take one that you think sounds good and try it, i will try to find one for you.

What skill level are you at, what number on the lessons? tongue.gif

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post Apr 15 2009, 10:43 PM
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Don't worry mate, you will quickly get back on track.

Here are some fun lessons with AP:

https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/video-les...-picking_0.html


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post Apr 15 2009, 10:46 PM
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QUOTE (djohnneay @ Apr 15 2009, 11:18 PM) *
Could it be that you're just out of shape ? And that when you start excercising regularly it will come back soon ?


That is very likely, we`ll see how fast I recover when I`ll start practising for real! smile.gif

QUOTE (Red @ Apr 15 2009, 11:27 PM) *
Just take one that you think sounds good and try it, i will try to find one for you.

What skill level are you at, what number on the lessons? tongue.gif


Bah, I find those numbers very different from lessons to lessons. Muris` 9-10 are usually impossible and. 5-1 are usually easy (some exeptions at 5 and 4). Still, I managed Pavel`s c-box alternate something at feel speed which was classified 9 (I combined both EP/AP though it was meant to be an ap exercise) and There are 6`er lessons which I can struggle with.

I think I am somewhere between 5-6.5 al in general.


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post Apr 15 2009, 10:50 PM
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QUOTE (mhskeide @ Apr 15 2009, 11:20 PM) *
The only thing I`ve progressed slightly in is my phrasing I feel. Which is a good thing since thats the most important thing when improvising.


Cudos to phrasing, it IS one of the most important things in playing,
and believe me, it's much easier to get back to same technique wise
instead of pushing phrasing abilities!
All you have to do is to stick more with some
random AP exercises etc, you'll be back on track in no time. smile.gif


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post Apr 15 2009, 10:52 PM
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I agree with Muris here, great job on improving phrasing. It is much easier to get back your technique then to play notes with strong meaning wink.gif


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post Apr 15 2009, 11:11 PM
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Its very good that you made progress in phrasing!! I'm sure you haven't LOST any speed, its like with sports - you just need few days for harder practicing to get back into shape...If you were able to play 180bpm in few weeks back , you will be able to recover fast and replicate that.Its much easier to get back to previous level of technique which you mastered then to learn something new , like in your case enhance phrasing!

here are some useful 16h note alternate picking exercises : https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/solo-guit...note-exercises/

Report us back when you achieve your previous state - 180bpm smile.gif


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post Apr 15 2009, 11:27 PM
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I actually sat down today to practice seriously for the first time in weeks, and it was bad...

my entire practice session consisted of me warming up to the speed that I am used to playing at.


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Speed is like running, you can work your way back to it, phrasing and musical taste on the other hand is hard to teach, 1/16th notes at 180bpm is still pretty fast, just some practice will bring your speed back up.




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post Apr 16 2009, 04:28 AM
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Its ok man.

Speed is important but with proper practice you can only get faster and back to where you were, If not even better.



Always remember though,

Speed is great, but Phrasing is what people remember.
Phrasing is telling someone a story, your own story.
Ever guitarist writes there story differently, and there are times when we are playing the same sequence of notes,
but how we convey the message to the audience,
Is what really counts.

I used to want to be a shred guitarist, and I still do !
But hell, If I could be like BB. King or Jeff Beck, and play one lick and people know instantly that its me,
thats what realy counts.


Work on the Alternate Picking but never ever forget the Phrasing,
Its the meat of your musical sandwhich laugh.gif



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