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post Jul 2 2007, 09:42 PM
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Hello Ladies...and Gents,

Was just wondering where everone is at...playing wise I mean.

I've been playing for the last 2 yrs but really seriously for only the last 5 or 6 months, and more so now that I'm on GMC. I've finished with the beginner lessons and have moved on to some of the exercises and 101 lessons. (Although I do venture back to the beginner stuff every now and then)I'm not really sure where I plan to go with my guitar playing but for right now I'm just happy jamming in the house and learning all I can.

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post Jul 2 2007, 10:20 PM
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QUOTE (rokchik @ Jul 2 2007, 04:42 PM) *
Hello ladies,

Was just wondering where everone is at...playing wise I mean.

I've been playing for the last 2 yrs but really seriously for only the last 5 or 6 months, and more so now that I'm on GMC. I've finished with the beginner lessons and have moved on to some of the exercises and 101 lessons. (Although I do venture back to the beginner stuff every now and then)I'm not really sure where I plan to go with my guitar playing but for right now I'm just happy jamming in the house and learning all I can.


I just got back in to playing after a 25 year hiatus. This time I think I'm doing it for all the right reasons (previously, I wanted to be a rock star laugh.gif ). I have been practicing for at least two hours a day for about three months now. My entire exercise routine consists of playing Pavel's Alternate Picking exercises 1 - 3. A few day back he released # 4, and I have been doing nothing but practicing that. My primary guitar is an Ibanez seven string Universe. Last night I extended the ending to # 4 to all seven strings. I'm absolutely floored by my progress over the last three months. Whats nice about that is, the better I get, the more I wanna play. So while I'm not quite up to Pavel's speed (and technique) yet, I'm making steady progress. Of-course after I get the alternate picking technique down, there are others that will require attention. I'm slowly incorporating the Legato exercises. Its a lot tougher technique then it first seems. I figured 3 - 6 months on that, and I'll feel good about moving on to sweeps. To be totally honest, sweeps scare me. I tried them before, and I'm all thumbs. They will require uber practice and time.

Other then that, the new Vibrato lessons from Marcus look (and sound) great. I think I'll give them a go in a bit. The Phrygian Dominant lesson from Dave is awesome sounding too. Muris' Pentatonic lesson is also a winner. Not to forget about Gabriel' blues and Yngwie lessons. I feel like a kid in a candy shop, too many to chose from. Thats actually why I've been sticking with strictly technique lessons first. I figured I'll get the chops, the rest should follow.

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post Jul 2 2007, 10:28 PM
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QUOTE (ch00ch00man @ Jul 2 2007, 06:20 PM) *
I just got back in to playing after a 25 year hiatus. This time I think I'm doing it for all the right reasons (previously, I wanted to be a rock star laugh.gif ). I have been practicing for at least two hours a day for about three months now. My entire exercise routine consists of playing Pavel's Alternate Picking exercises 1 - 3. A few day back he released # 4, and I have been doing nothing but practicing that. My primary guitar is an Ibanez seven string Universe. Last night I extended the ending to # 4 to all seven strings. I'm absolutely floored by my progress over the last three months. Whats nice about that is, the better I get, the more I wanna play. So while I'm not quite up to Pavel's speed (and technique) yet, I'm making steady progress. Of-course after I get the alternate picking technique down, there are others that will require attention. I'm slowly incorporating the Legato exercises. Its a lot tougher technique then it first seems. I figured 3 - 6 months on that, and I'll feel good about moving on to sweeps. To be totally honest, sweeps scare me. I tried them before, and I'm all thumbs. They will require uber practice and time.

Other then that, the new Vibrato lessons from Marcus look (and sound) great. I think I'll give them a go in a bit. The Phrygian Dominant lesson from Dave is awesome sounding too. Muris' Pentatonic lesson is also a winner. Not to forget about Gabriel' blues and Yngwie lessons. I feel like a kid in a candy shop, too many to chose from. Thats actually why I've been sticking with strictly technique lessons first. I figured I'll get the chops, the rest should follow.

Boris


Hey man that's awesome that you've got back into guitar after soooo long. I just wish I had started playing 25 yrs ago. I just turned 30 and only started playing at 28. I find now I'm more dedicated that I probably would have been earlier but I also have more stuff that gets in the way.
I've tried the legato lesson....scares me a bit I must say but I don't think I'm at the right stage to practice that. I'm going to start with the alt picking I think over the next day or so. Sweeps scare me too. biggrin.gif But I have to agree...it's like a candy shop here at GMC...so many goodies to try.
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post Jul 3 2007, 02:06 AM
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I played Acoustic Guitar since September for 3 months. Then in December, i recieved my first and still only electric guitar. Ive been playing real seriously then. I try to practice 5 hours a day minium. Im currently practcing:

- Pavel's Hand Control Lesson
- Pavel Denisjuk lesson
- Sweet Child O Mine song
- Kris's 101 Two-handed Tapping

im trying to master those string skips from the first lesson i mentioned. And well thats basically it. Now that its summer vacations i get to practice 12 hours sometimes, and its great. So i really hope that by the end of summer i really get to improve alot.


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QUOTE (FretDancer69 @ Jul 2 2007, 09:06 PM) *
I played Acoustic Guitar since September for 3 months. Then in December, i recieved my first and still only electric guitar. Ive been playing real seriously then. I try to practice 5 hours a day minium. Im currently practcing:

- Pavel's Hand Control Lesson
- Pavel Denisjuk lesson
- Sweet Child O Mine song
- Kris's 101 Two-handed Tapping

im trying to master those string skips from the first lesson i mentioned. And well thats basically it. Now that its summer vacations i get to practice 12 hours sometimes, and its great. So i really hope that by the end of summer i really get to improve alot.


12 Hours/day!!!!!!!!!!! Man am I envious. Being the sole bread winner of a family of five (wife and three kids), I'm thrilled to get my two hours in (usually 10 - 12pm). I would kill to have that kind of time. Still with my limited schedule, as I said before, I'm absolutely amazed at the progress in the last three months (I just reached 80bpm on Pavel's Alternate Picking 4 lesson biggrin.gif). I now know exactly why this is happening. Its all due to really focused practicing. When I played 25 years ago, I made a mistake of trading control for speed. I was so stuck in a rut, I never got better, and I never learned anything. This time around, I do everything I can to practice the right way, and its paying off big. I'm loving it. My only weak point is that I don't use the metronome enough (have to force myself). If I can give you one small piece of advice, it would be, stay focused, don't rush, and you can't help but get better, fast. 12 hours/day, at the end of the summer you'll be a shreding machine smile.gif.

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QUOTE (ch00ch00man @ Jul 2 2007, 08:21 PM) *
12 Hours/day!!!!!!!!!!! Man am I envious. Being the sole bread winner of a family of five (wife and three kids), I'm thrilled to get my two hours in (usually 10 - 12pm). I would kill to have that kind of time. Still with my limited schedule, as I said before, I'm absolutely amazed at the progress in the last three months (I just reached 80bpm on Pavel's Alternate Picking 4 lesson biggrin.gif). I now know exactly why this is happening. Its all due to really focused practicing. When I played 25 years ago, I made a mistake of trading control for speed. I was so stuck in a rut, I never got better, and I never learned anything. This time around, I do everything I can to practice the right way, and its paying off big. I'm loving it. My only weak point is that I don't use the metronome enough (have to force myself). If I can give you one small piece of advice, it would be, stay focused, don't rush, and you can't help but get better, fast. 12 hours/day, at the end of the summer you'll be a shreding machine smile.gif.

Boris


yea its great to have this amount of time everyday tongue.gif biggrin.gif , but still, practicing 2 hours a day is great, so keep it up. I dont use the metronome much either, i wish i could use it more but the truth is i dont know how to work with it that much, so i tend to avoid it. And yeah, by the end of the summer i hope i can make great Tapping/Two-handed Tapping patterns and i also hope i can make my Upstroke sweeps perfectly.


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Hey, I'm sorry if guys aren't supposed to post here but I figured this might be of some help to you ladies! There's a program that has a free trial (the trial sucks) it's called Guitar Speed Trainer but there are ways to get the full version for free... I'm not sure on the rules of the forum so I don't think I'll say anymore, but if you're familiar with the internet you know what I'm talking about. And I wasn't quite sure how to incorporate the metronome into my workouts either, but this thing is quite amazing smile.gif


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Oh Reaver please don't tell people how to get that program for free - I know the guy who created it and he deserves every penny of the small fee he charges. It is an awesome program and I think it's great that you have brought it up, smile.gif but ethically I really don't think it's OK to encourage people to nick it! dry.gif


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QUOTE (Reaver @ Jan 11 2008, 05:02 PM) *
Hey, I'm sorry if guys aren't supposed to post here but I figured this might be of some help to you ladies! There's a program that has a free trial (the trial sucks) it's called Guitar Speed Trainer but there are ways to get the full version for free... I'm not sure on the rules of the forum so I don't think I'll say anymore, but if you're familiar with the internet you know what I'm talking about. And I wasn't quite sure how to incorporate the metronome into my workouts either, but this thing is quite amazing smile.gif


Hey Reaver - the rules are that we don't talk about this kind of stuff (software piracy) at all ...


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Hey Reaver - the rules are that we don't talk about this kind of stuff (software piracy) at all ...


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My bad guys, I didn't want to give any instructions or anything just imply that it's a possibility so, sorry for doing that. And I didn't do it as any discredit towards the software engineer, but I'm sure that as a software engineer he realizes how poor we college students are being one him or herself at some time.


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