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post Oct 29 2007, 11:58 PM
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Hey GMC.

I've been playing guitar for roughly 2-3 years now.
However, I never really liked shred music so whenever
I play a solo, it's mostly been blues oriented around the
pentatonic scale. I am self-tought so I probably have a
lot of flaws in my playing but heres the deal.
I want to get serious, because after trying to learn
Marcus' 3-level neoclassical solo I only got the intermediate
90% tight, and that very lesson was what motivated me
to get serious. I want to be able to do stuff like that in the
advanced part. biggrin.gif
How would you guys recommend getting serious with speed-picking
and all that? I think the world of shred is too big, because either
it's not motivating to use a metronome or there are just a lot of
lessons which are too hard.
Even though it's been explained in numerous of lessons here,
I still think it's a too big of a mouthfull. smile.gif

Thanks in advance!
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post Oct 30 2007, 12:00 AM
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Well to learn speedpicking and all of that fast stuff you pretty much have to use a metronome.
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post Oct 30 2007, 12:09 AM
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I know. I merely wanted some advice on how to start.
I tried playing chromatically from the low E string to the high e and back again, but it really doesn't do it for me.
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post Oct 30 2007, 12:10 AM
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Seagull,

I have found Pavels Ionian Scale lesson to really improve my speedpicking. I have been working hard everyday on this since he made it!! The fun thing about this is, you can keep in time useing the backing track.

If you are new to speed picking, which I belive you are from what you have mentioned. I would advise against this just for now. Useing a metronome to keep yourself in time is an absolute must when your new. It teaches good practice for the future.

I have found after 9 months of useing a metronome, i can now get away with keeping time from the backing track instead!! You just know instintivly if you are in time with the beat.

You can try and make metronome practice fun by upping a few bpm every now and again and keeping a goal - challenege yourself.

Another lesson I have been working hard on which is great fun, is Muris's "Thirds" exercise. I am sure you could intigrate these runs into a solo of your own!

I hope this helps a little

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It seems like it doesnt work because you have to do it over time, using a metronome wont make you go from playing very slowly to very fast in just a few days, it takes months do develope it, you have to be devoted to practicing it if you want to increase your speed.

Use this lesson.

https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/how-to-use-a-metronome.htm
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post Oct 30 2007, 12:47 AM
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I do know HOW to play with a metronome, I just can't decide WHAT to practice with it? Scales, chromatics, arpeggios?
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post Oct 30 2007, 11:37 PM
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QUOTE (seagull @ Oct 29 2007, 11:47 PM) *
I do know HOW to play with a metronome, I just can't decide WHAT to practice with it? Scales, chromatics, arpeggios?


Hi again Seagull,
you need to first decide exactly what styles you want to incorparate into your playing and choose lessons based on that. I would recommened against cromatics for now, and work on alternate picking over scales and possible some basic sweep arpeggios to start off with.

I have done quite a few various alternate picking and sweep picking lessons from the instructors and i now fuse the techniques together when improvising.

The lessons I recommened in my above thread should suit you.

Please let me know if i can help any further.

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Okay, I could probably have said myself that scales were "unavoidable". biggrin.gif
Thanks for the help all, I'll get right to it!
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post Nov 2 2007, 12:27 AM
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First of all I think you should like shred just a little bit more,
if you wanna play speed stuff with alternate picking wink.gif
You see, 2-3 years is how long you've been playing.
That's good and solid base for future upgrade but I must say something to you.
Don't EVER look at the watch or count the time of practicing.
Just practice and results must be there. smile.gif
Of course use the metronome,that'll help you to avoid being sloply at picking.
You asked what to practice...practice everything. cool.gif
And don't leave your current bluesy mood behind,
too much shred is gonna kill your soul. wink.gif


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post Nov 2 2007, 12:35 AM
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QUOTE (muris @ Nov 1 2007, 11:27 PM) *
You asked what to practice...practice everything. cool.gif
And don't leave your current bluesy mood behind,
too much shred is gonna kill your soul. wink.gif


This is good advice, shredding etc will improve your overall playing skills and then adding in the bluesy stuff will help to give you your own individual style and sound smile.gif


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