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Mertay
post Aug 6 2016, 08:47 PM
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I have a friend who has a lot of gear but doesn't have much time to play with them cause of work. I sometimes give tips to him and lately I've insisted him to work on his timing but he didn't as it too boring smile.gif

So he goes to a bands house (he is friends with a big local shops sales guy, that guy has a band and they rented a house to live and practice) and all of them started jamming. The sales guy tells my friend to keep the rhythm as he wants to solo for a while.

My friend says after a short while he noticed everybody stopped playing and started to stare at him! a bit freaked, my friend asks whats going on and they say he couldn't keep a steady beat even for a little while!

After this incident he called me to ask advice, I said either start playing acoustic guitar to pop tracks (Em, Am etc. type chord stuff) or go outside and open a metronome and walk in the same beat as long as he could smile.gif

Keep in mind this guy can jam in a beginner level and no one would suspect in that sense he can't hold a beat, this is also a reason he won't musically evolve even if he's just soloing if he can't take care of that issue.

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post Aug 6 2016, 09:24 PM
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A good story that tells why it's important to practice timing smile.gif

I have found myself struggling to play simpler things sometimes, when I jam with people. I can throw a solo at them, but then when they say: "Let's play "Have You Ever Seen the Rain?"" I will struggle at first, cause I've usually never heard the song. biggrin.gif


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Todd Simpson
post Aug 8 2016, 11:15 PM
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Some practice with a simple metronome can work wonders for a sense of "time". So many folks skip this and end up really struggling with just keeping basic time in their heads. sad.gif

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I have a friend who has a lot of gear but doesn't have much time to play with them cause of work. I sometimes give tips to him and lately I've insisted him to work on his timing but he didn't as it too boring smile.gif

So he goes to a bands house (he is friends with a big local shops sales guy, that guy has a band and they rented a house to live and practice) and all of them started jamming. The sales guy tells my friend to keep the rhythm as he wants to solo for a while.

My friend says after a short while he noticed everybody stopped playing and started to stare at him! a bit freaked, my friend asks whats going on and they say he couldn't keep a steady beat even for a little while!

After this incident he called me to ask advice, I said either start playing acoustic guitar to pop tracks (Em, Am etc. type chord stuff) or go outside and open a metronome and walk in the same beat as long as he could smile.gif

Keep in mind this guy can jam in a beginner level and no one would suspect in that sense he can't hold a beat, this is also a reason he won't musically evolve even if he's just soloing if he can't take care of that issue.


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