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tenchu_11
11-17-2005, 03:08 AM
I'm a self thaught guitarist and I'm tired of learning songs. Anyone know anything to practice to improve my skills. I sitt looking at my tab books and they bore me, i'm looking to practice other stuff other than songs.

Jandy
11-17-2005, 03:25 AM
First decide how long you have to practice each day. Then identify your weak spots.

Phrasing
Improv
Speed
Scales
Chords
Techniques (pinch harmonics, palm muting etc)

If you decide you are lacking a lot in speed, need work on scales and chords, but got phrasing improv and technique down, then organize accordingly. If you have an hour to practice spend

20 minutes running speed exercises, 10 minutes runnning scales, 10 minutes on chords, 10 minutes on technique, 10 minutes on improv and phrasing.

Using a stopwatch or egg timer might be a good idea.

tenchu_11
11-17-2005, 03:41 AM
I've tried scales the thing is i don't know how to apply them to my playng. That and using keys, i have trouble trying to improvise inside a key.

mr.lame
11-17-2005, 03:48 AM
you can use scales in improvisation or making up riffs and solos

tenchu_11
11-17-2005, 03:56 AM
well...how do i do chord improvisation in key?

Jandy
11-17-2005, 05:11 AM
Silent Deftone's article on the circle of 5ths should benefit you:

http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/forum/showthread.php?t=171580

Then you can dive into chords in key, also by SD:

http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/lessons/chords/what_chords_are_in_what_key_and_why.html


Sounds to me you need to learn some basic theory first.