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Himansu C Kerkar
post Feb 13 2014, 08:47 PM
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Hi Guys

Just felt to ask friends here at GMC......
Got any cool easy ideas to spend an other wise Boring Lunch break??? Anything idea to do with guitaring would be reallycool
I thought I could transform those 90 minutes in some form of guitar studies but dont know how.....

So please let me know some ideas which I could work on

Thanks

P.S. I hate my Job by da way wink.gif wink.gif wink.gif
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post Feb 13 2014, 08:56 PM
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Pick a song that you like and play it on repeat.
Listen closely, and figure out rhythm and chords (just relative chords if determining the tonic is not an option).
Figure out how all individual instruments are mixed - is the rhythm guitar double-tracked and panned sideways? Do they put heaps of reverb on the snare drum or is the bass compressed like there's no tomorrow? Where do lead vocals sound like they come from? Backing vocals? Did they scoop out some ranges for some instruments in order to not make them clash with others?

Next day, pick a different song from a different band/artist and do the same.

Either that or simply enjoy eating your lunch. cool.gif

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post Feb 13 2014, 09:59 PM
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Seriously never sit down in front of the computer eating your lunch...

Get outside, take a walk/run, socialise with people or play with the pet, watch a crazy eel climbing up an entire small waterfall in the creek to get a tiny piece of bread your holding at the top and even eat it out of your hand, go to the gym, etc. Lunchtime is a time to get away from it all, you'll be surprised what taking a break can do and switch off that brain. I'm personally easily amused but a bit ADHD, can't be do nothing.

If you want to play the guitar, I suggest actually practicing/warming up lightly, then just have a fun jam - standing up while doing it. Whatever you do, just don't turn it into something you consider as work - it will kill your entire day over time.

Plus if you hate your job, then consider why you stay there doing it? Be proactive, looking for your passion, another job or mindset if that's the case, screw the money. Keep it all good with the original job and boss, but if you find something better jump on it. I'll rather work for less pay and enjoy my work with a good boss. You find you do a better job at something you like to do, work less hours, less stress and get way more done (rather than just mucking around to kill hours or sitting there raking your brain), then get bonuses, etc, for what doesn't even seem like work anymore.

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post Feb 13 2014, 10:14 PM
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Some great answers here! I'm with Azzaboi on this one. If you hate your work, and it occupies most of your diary time, there is something to fix mate that I consider urgent. Cosmin recommended me a great book called "the 4-hour workweek" that gives lots of great suggestions and ideas that will definitely help you. I haven't finished it yet, but if C-man recommends it, it must be great until the end. smile.gif



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post Feb 13 2014, 11:43 PM
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QUOTE (Himansu C Kerkar @ Feb 13 2014, 11:47 AM) *
Hi Guys

Just felt to ask friends here at GMC......
Got any cool easy ideas to spend an other wise Boring Lunch break??? Anything idea to do with guitaring would be reallycool
I thought I could transform those 90 minutes in some form of guitar studies but dont know how.....

So please let me know some ideas which I could work on

Thanks

P.S. I hate my Job by da way wink.gif wink.gif wink.gif

I love the 4 hour work week. It was my original inspiration to visit Buenos Aires. Tim Ferris actually lives here in the San Francisco area; but back to lunch. The best thing to do for the guitar is get inspired. Listen to some great guitar playing. Ñico Rojas the famous Cuban guitarist did just that. Guitar never became anything more than just a hobby. Years later I play his music, and marvel at his contribution. Getting inspired is an important part of your guitar journey. It's what motivates you to practice and play. Listen to guitar as much as you play.
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post Feb 13 2014, 11:51 PM
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this is the perfect time to mix /eq/learn ( unless you have your guitar with you ) but if not, record and take your stuff to work .
There is plenty of time to read thru recording /mixing threads , developing your ears and understanding of this easily overlooked aspect of the tools we guitar players now have
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post Feb 14 2014, 10:03 AM
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Gabi and Palcios biggrin.gif That makes 3 fans of Tim Ferris here on GMC smile.gif I hope that that book will inspire you to become better and better and live more fulfilling lives smile.gif

Himansu - I would use that time to understand the theoretical parts of what I will practice in the moment when I have the guitar in my hands. I know how it goes - we pick up the axe and we don't take time to think, we just shoot straight to playing.

In that way, you will have a healthy practice regimen when you pick up the guitar. Just take the time to set it up wink.gif

And yes, I totally recommend you to read that book.


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post Feb 14 2014, 11:55 AM
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If you wanted to learn to read sheet music or something, just buy a load of sheet music for any instrument (I use a lot of piano because it forces me to read the bass clef) and go through with a pencil and annotate it - write down the note names under each note, figure out the key. Figure out the chords and write those above each bar. Half of it is just being able to quickly read whats on the page, before you bother to try playing it on an instrument. You'll find that after a couple months of that, you can read the notes off pretty fast and your brain starts to recognize patterns and stuff. Then when you come to start trying to sight read, you've got a good way towards it already.

Another variation on that is to take sheet music and convert it to tab - forces you to do a lot of the above but also you end up with something you can learn and play immediately, and still works towards sight reading and what not. Stuff with little rhythmic variation helps here (bach is what I use, especially the 48 preludes and fugues, where there's long sections of just 8ths or 16ths, so you only need worry about pitch and not rhythm).

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post Feb 14 2014, 12:14 PM
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work on theory

memorising scales, triads etc

use a fretboard template to plot the notes on the fretboard, overlaying triad on scales etc.

great time to really know your notes inside out.

Plus you'll run to the guitar once you get home to get it under your fingers


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post Feb 14 2014, 06:18 PM
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Thanks for the reply Friends,

Yeah it makes sense to me.... Of Course I will look for better work
Will read the book too

Reading theory in that time will be really nice ...... So Will read Professor's Threads during that period

also what I thought was ( Seems a lil outrageous here in India but still )

1) Buy a real Cheap Second Hand Car ( Easily available in India)
2) Buy a Vox Amplug
3) Carry Guitar along and play inside the Car on the amplug
what say??

Thanks you again
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post Feb 15 2014, 03:00 AM
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QUOTE (Cosmin Lupu @ Feb 14 2014, 01:03 AM) *
Gabi and Palcios biggrin.gif That makes 3 fans of Tim Ferris here on GMC smile.gif I hope that that book will inspire you to become better and better and live more fulfilling lives smile.gif

Himansu - I would use that time to understand the theoretical parts of what I will practice in the moment when I have the guitar in my hands. I know how it goes - we pick up the axe and we don't take time to think, we just shoot straight to playing.

In that way, you will have a healthy practice regimen when you pick up the guitar. Just take the time to set it up wink.gif

And yes, I totally recommend you to read that book.

I must have accidentally read his other book "The 90 Hour Work Week". laugh.gif I actually experimented with his geoarbritage concept last Summer when I went to Europe. I wanted to see If I left the US for 3 months if anyone would miss me. The cool thing was nobody did. I would have loved to stay and become an illegal immigrant, but my wife got homesick. I can't wait till I get laid off again.
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post Feb 15 2014, 02:04 PM
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QUOTE (Palacios @ Feb 15 2014, 02:00 AM) *
I must have accidentally read his other book "The 90 Hour Work Week". laugh.gif I actually experimented with his geoarbritage concept last Summer when I went to Europe. I wanted to see If I left the US for 3 months if anyone would miss me. The cool thing was nobody did. I would have loved to stay and become an illegal immigrant, but my wife got homesick. I can't wait till I get laid off again.


Ha! I had no clue that one actually existed smile.gif

Himansu - you can always train your ears smile.gif You know, sorting out song themes, solos and various phrases WITHOUT your guitar, but using your voice, will develop a tremendously important skill. Using your voice to sing something first and then figure it out on any instrument available, is the best thing to do. That is tangible proof of the fact that you have learned a phrase. You can reproduce it with your primary musical instrument - your voice. Once you can do that, you can literally transpose it on any instrument, including the guitar, of course. Have you ever tried that?


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