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post Aug 26 2009, 09:40 AM
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Hi GMCers! Just asking for some help here. biggrin.gif See, I've been playing guitar for about six months now, and I've been having lessons for pretty much the whole time. So far this is pretty much what I've learnt:-

-Basic Chords, and Barre Chords
-Blues Scales, and G sliding Pentatonic, as well as G Major scale up the board
-Using the scales for a bit of improvising
-12 Bar Blues
-Using Backing tracks for soloing, (not too good at that yet, it pretty much sounds like random notes)
-Learnt a few songs (Wonderwall by Oasis, I'm Yours by Jason Mraz etc. etc.)

And I just signed up to GMC because I love playing the guitar and it looks like an awesome site! tongue.gif

It would be great you could just give me a few tips or pointers, (I'm pretty much overloaded by all the info here).
Thank you very much!

Dan from Australia
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Pedja Simovic
post Aug 26 2009, 09:49 AM
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Dan I would love to hear you improvise over some backing tracks. You should record yourself (do a video if possible) soloing over 12 bar blues or any backing track you feel comfortable with. I could then recommend you some specific lessons that could improve your technique, songwriting and overall musicality.

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post Aug 26 2009, 10:30 AM
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Hi Dan,
you can also use the search engine in the home page, looking for some simple lessons which fit your tastes.
Then you can ask the specific instructor (or openly in the forums) if you have some troubles learning the lesson.
As Pedja said, starting also with some improvisation over 12-bar blues is always a good choice because it's quite simple and funny!


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post Aug 26 2009, 04:04 PM
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The way you wrote what you know already gives me the impression you are not familiar with all basic diatonic theory concepts yet, or have not connected them together. It is good however that you are familiar with all these components, this will make the job of connecting them together easier.

The first thing that you must learn about are intervals, chords and diatonic scale modes. This will enable you to fully structure the whole theory knowledge a bit.
Check out Andrew's theory lessons:
and site for some theory info.

Perhaps you can send us a clip of you playing, so we can comment on what things could be addressed first?

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