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Testament
post Oct 17 2007, 08:45 PM
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hey all!

recently i feel like i've been in a slump. i've learned a few new scales within the past weeks, but i don't feel like i've able to improvise well at all. a friend of mine came over the other day who has been playing the guitar for about a third of the time that i have and he simply blew me away. and as i listened to him just sit there and play seemingly random notes (he told me that he was just putting random things together on the spot), i couldn't help but feel terrible. lately especially, i've been feeling like i really am not able to improvise anything that sounds remotely good, and i'm wondering what you all do to improve your own improvisational skills? improvisation is definitely my all-time favorite part of playing the guitar, so any replies would be welcome. biggrin.gif


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Muris Varajic
post Oct 17 2007, 08:51 PM
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It comes with lot of playing and practicing.
As one guy said once,it's not about how many years you've been playing but how many hours.
Good thing is to find some bend,school mates or som,jamming will help for sure.
If nothing ,just take some backing tracks and play over it,you'll come up with something nice. smile.gif


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post Oct 17 2007, 09:01 PM
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Also you should improvise at a slow tempo to learn wich notes sound good in a combination. If you play fast runs you won't get the feeling for the notes so fast.

For me it helps to listen to a songs wich styley i like before i jam around smile.gif so i can put a bit of the songs feelings into the improvisation, this really helped to make my improvisations sound better smile.gif


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post Oct 17 2007, 09:37 PM
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It takes a LONG time and ALOT of practice. Improvise inside scales, make/learn new licks EVERY DAY!


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post Oct 17 2007, 10:08 PM
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yes, i can't deny that i've been lax in my practice schedule for a few months until just recently. sad.gif

so i'm wondering how many hours a day you guys are practicing? are you randomly practicing for a set amount of hours a day, or do you focus on one specific technique and practice it to perfection (or as close to it as possible)?

i will definitely try practicing at a slower tempo, fabian. i've never really felt successful with emulating a certain band's sound on my own before though. i guess i've really gotta get down to it and practice a lot more.

also, after a few hours i tend to get restless and feel like putting the guitar down for a while. maybe you guys have felt like this before? if so, are there ways to keep the interest going for many hours of practice on end? i can get into pretty intense jams for very long stints without getting bored at all, but when it comes to specifically getting down to practicing, i don't usually feel very motivated.


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post Oct 17 2007, 10:16 PM
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QUOTE (Testament @ Oct 17 2007, 09:08 PM) *
yes, i can't deny that i've been lax in my practice schedule for a few months until just recently. sad.gif

so i'm wondering how many hours a day you guys are practicing? are you randomly practicing for a set amount of hours a day, or do you focus on one specific technique and practice it to perfection (or as close to it as possible)?

i will definitely try practicing at a slower tempo, fabian. i've never really felt successful with emulating a certain band's sound on my own before though. i guess i've really gotta get down to it and practice a lot more.

also, after a few hours i tend to get restless and feel like putting the guitar down for a while. maybe you guys have felt like this before? if so, are there ways to keep the interest going for many hours of practice on end? i can get into pretty intense jams for very long stints without getting bored at all, but when it comes to specifically getting down to practicing, i don't usually feel very motivated.

If I should sit alone with my guitar for hours I'd loose motivation. I always sit with my guitar when I'm at my computer and watching TV. But of course, I also have times that I only practice.

For practicing I recommend http://www.southparkzone.com wink.gif Never bored laugh.gif

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post Oct 18 2007, 03:10 AM
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I practice all the time i can spend on it. if i'm tired of practicing excercises i jam around a bit. But i could train one single exercise for about an hour without getting tired of it.

In my opinion it's all about motivation. I want to become as good as possible as long as i have the time for it. There is nothing in life that i want more. That is the reason why i can play the whole day long without getting tired of it. I think you could use the jam with your friend as a good motivation for yourself. If you really want to become better as your friend, you won't get tired of playing so fast.

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post Oct 18 2007, 03:13 AM
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QUOTE (Testament @ Oct 17 2007, 11:08 PM) *
yes, i can't deny that i've been lax in my practice schedule for a few months until just recently. sad.gif

so i'm wondering how many hours a day you guys are practicing? are you randomly practicing for a set amount of hours a day, or do you focus on one specific technique and practice it to perfection (or as close to it as possible)?

i will definitely try practicing at a slower tempo, fabian. i've never really felt successful with emulating a certain band's sound on my own before though. i guess i've really gotta get down to it and practice a lot more.

also, after a few hours i tend to get restless and feel like putting the guitar down for a while. maybe you guys have felt like this before? if so, are there ways to keep the interest going for many hours of practice on end? i can get into pretty intense jams for very long stints without getting bored at all, but when it comes to specifically getting down to practicing, i don't usually feel very motivated.



Just focus on practicing and never look at the watch!!
It's waste of time. smile.gif


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post Oct 18 2007, 08:41 AM
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yeah, i think i'll start a practice session right now and see how long i can go for!

fabian: i feel the same way. ever since i started playing, my goal has to become really good through hard work and dedication. it's just hard to keep at it sometimes. biggrin.gif

robin: thanks a ton for the link, mate! a fellow south park fan too, huh? if you get comedy central, tonight's new episode should be a good one (cartman discovers a leprochaun).

muris: i agree, though i think getting an alarm clock and setting time goals for myself might not be such a bad idea. laugh.gif


thanks a lot for the helpful replies, guys!


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post Oct 18 2007, 09:44 AM
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QUOTE (Robin @ Oct 17 2007, 04:16 PM) *
If I should sit alone with my guitar for hours I'd loose motivation. I always sit with my guitar when I'm at my computer and watching TV. But of course, I also have times that I only practice.

For practicing I recommend http://www.southparkzone.com wink.gif Never bored laugh.gif


Ha, I know this is off topic, but thanks for the southparkzone.com website! I haven't heard of that one. I've been dieing to see the Sexual Harrassment Panda episode!

Anyway, I also found myself stuck with improvisation. I would take a simple backing track and try to improv over it, and that has helped me greatly cool.gif
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post Oct 18 2007, 05:29 PM
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QUOTE (Testament @ Oct 18 2007, 07:41 AM) *
robin: thanks a ton for the link, mate! a fellow south park fan too, huh? if you get comedy central, tonight's new episode should be a good one (cartman discovers a leprochaun).

Haha yes, I've seen them all sooooo many times now. Wonder if I'll ever get tired.

Yeah the new episodes are also on southparkzone.com biggrin.gif


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post Oct 18 2007, 07:18 PM
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QUOTE (Robin @ Oct 18 2007, 06:29 PM) *
Haha yes, I've seen them all sooooo many times now. Wonder if I'll ever get tired.

Yeah the new episodes are also on southparkzone.com biggrin.gif



Great page smile.gif i love Southpark. thank you for the link, i didn't new this page yet smile.gif


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