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Neosmithk
post Sep 24 2007, 09:58 AM
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Hey guys!

I just started playing guitar about 4 or 5 weeks ago and my practice schedule has an extensive bit on scales, just going up and down 4 different scales a few times. I practice with a metronome always, and I seem to be having some trouble keeping in rhythm with the metronome when I'm playing. I can play one scale decently fast, but when I couldn't keep in rhythm and slowed down the metronome, I still couldn't. I wasn't sure if this was because I could play it faster or if it's just something I have to work on and get better at.

Any advice is appreciated!

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post Sep 24 2007, 10:09 AM
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Be sure You know the value of note (Duration).
Singing the notes may helpful (no accurate pitch required as this is not a singing lesson)
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post Sep 26 2007, 05:13 AM
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QUOTE (Neosmithk @ Sep 24 2007, 09:58 AM) *
Hey guys!

I just started playing guitar about 4 or 5 weeks ago and my practice schedule has an extensive bit on scales, just going up and down 4 different scales a few times. I practice with a metronome always, and I seem to be having some trouble keeping in rhythm with the metronome when I'm playing. I can play one scale decently fast, but when I couldn't keep in rhythm and slowed down the metronome, I still couldn't. I wasn't sure if this was because I could play it faster or if it's just something I have to work on and get better at.

Any advice is appreciated!

Thanks



How slow did you drop the metronome setting to? If you set it really slow and still play out of time then the most likely problem is that you are not anticipating the next metronome click so that you pick the correct note right on the click. Counting out loud and/or tapping your foot as you play the pattern can help you develop this skill if you're not used to it. Keep the note timing really simple and regular to start with. Playing the scale in something like quarter notes (4 scale notes per click) is how a lot of people start off. Don't be tempted to raise the metronome speed until you are really accurate at the slower speeds.

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post Sep 26 2007, 10:55 AM
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QUOTE (Neosmithk @ Sep 24 2007, 10:58 AM) *
Hey guys!

I just started playing guitar about 4 or 5 weeks ago and my practice schedule has an extensive bit on scales, just going up and down 4 different scales a few times. I practice with a metronome always, and I seem to be having some trouble keeping in rhythm with the metronome when I'm playing. I can play one scale decently fast, but when I couldn't keep in rhythm and slowed down the metronome, I still couldn't. I wasn't sure if this was because I could play it faster or if it's just something I have to work on and get better at.

Any advice is appreciated!

Thanks



If you could post some audio or even video clip of your fast and slow playing with metronome ,
then we all could help a lot more. smile.gif
Anyhow,playing in right and stable timing is all that counts.
If you can't play slow,it means that you're quite sloppy while playing fast.
Slow it down and then speed it up,not opposite. smile.gif


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post Sep 26 2007, 11:12 AM
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QUOTE (Resurrection @ Sep 25 2007, 04:13 PM) *
How slow did you drop the metronome setting to? If you set it really slow and still play out of time then the most likely problem is that you are not anticipating the next metronome click so that you pick the correct note right on the click. Counting out loud and/or tapping your foot as you play the pattern can help you develop this skill if you're not used to it. Keep the note timing really simple and regular to start with. Playing the scale in something like quarter notes (4 scale notes per click) is how a lot of people start off. Don't be tempted to raise the metronome speed until you are really accurate at the slower speeds.

Good luck!


That'd be 16th notes wink.gif

Quarter notes are the way to start, which is one note per click. Just start with a single note, play the open E string for example. Set it to around 60bpm and play the e string each time it clicks. Then work on other stuff.

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post Sep 26 2007, 03:59 PM
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QUOTE (JVM @ Sep 26 2007, 11:12 AM) *
That'd be 16th notes wink.gif


Sorry about that. I did mean to talk about quarter notes consistently but I obviously had a brain melt as I was speed typing the end of my last post. Not sure why I started thinking in 1/16ths. I should proof-read my posts more carefully mad.gif

The main point is that the original poster should aim for simple, slow and regular timing to begin with, and your recommendations should help a lot with this.


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