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Forum: Guitar Techniques 01-21-2013, 07:18 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 273
Posted By cringer
Maybe it's nitpicking but I wouldn't call it a...

Maybe it's nitpicking but I wouldn't call it a "strum".

reggae rhtyhm guitar is more percussive , so it's more of a "hit" on the chord then mute with your fret hand so it doesn't ring out.
Play...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 01-13-2013, 03:23 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 865
Posted By cringer
I tried several rationales like that to quicken...

I tried several rationales like that to quicken my progress. Zaphod is right. They typically don't pay off.

The only thing I do like is the "top-down" approach where you spend a few minutes playing...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 12-26-2012, 06:18 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 326
Posted By cringer
this is why I advocate singing the name of the...

this is why I advocate singing the name of the note out loud while you're learning. I think this is a very effective way to learn the instrument and piece together notes, pitches and their fretboard...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 12-21-2012, 06:20 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 298
Posted By cringer
It's good be able to use only the finger tips...

It's good be able to use only the finger tips when necessary. Trills and some legato phrases for example will sound a lot better and be easier to play on the finger tips.

Sometimes it doesn't matter...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 12-03-2012, 06:50 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 270
Posted By cringer
Use that web site or get yourself a basic music...

Use that web site or get yourself a basic music theory book.
If you have access to a piano/keyboard... I feel that makes it easier to learn scales, theory behind them, and derivations etc, (but...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 11-25-2012, 04:08 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 563
Posted By cringer
Repeating the same licks is a clue that you might...

Repeating the same licks is a clue that you might not be learning scales, as much as "shapes" & memorizing fretboard patterns.

Many people fall into this trap (myself included).

A good exercise to...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 03-17-2012, 04:18 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 475
Posted By cringer
^ what he said... Additionally, ear training is...

^ what he said... Additionally, ear training is the absolute best thing you can do for this.
Forum: Guitar Techniques 03-17-2012, 04:02 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 415
Posted By cringer
There are so many things you can do to improve...

There are so many things you can do to improve your playing there's not any reason to burn yourself out.
Like others have said leave the exercises alone for a while and work at something you find...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 03-15-2012, 06:50 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 395
Posted By cringer
first I would figure out why you feel stiff when...

first I would figure out why you feel stiff when you play (specifically).
then I would learn ways to change those problems by adjusting my techniques and/or mental state while playing - or both....
Forum: Guitar Techniques 09-25-2011, 07:06 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 247
Posted By cringer
Personally, I would get some decent books and...

Personally, I would get some decent books and work my way through them. Basics of reading are somewhat simple to comprehend.
However becoming good at sight reading takes a lot of repetition.
Steve...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 09-25-2011, 06:58 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 564
Posted By cringer
Do ear training as part of every day practice....

Do ear training as part of every day practice. Start now it's never too early and it can take a long time to develop a good ear.
Also I'll repeat, practice improvising every day. Start with short...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 09-20-2011, 06:19 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 412
Posted By cringer
b) You might not be muting adequately, or hearing...

b) You might not be muting adequately, or hearing some harmonics if you keep touching the string after stop fretting a note...

it's hard to say without video/audio sample. Same goes for C.
A clip...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 09-18-2011, 08:04 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 392
Posted By cringer
^ that. it's good to practice a technique in...

^ that.
it's good to practice a technique in isolation. but try not to lose sight of the fact that you need to bring all techniques into your playing style and be able to combine them easily to flow...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 09-18-2011, 07:58 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 229
Posted By cringer
may want to practice rolling as mentioned...

may want to practice rolling as mentioned above.
i.e. learning how to play diff. strings at the same fret with the same finger.
It takes some finesse to get that sounding clean, but it's same as...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 09-18-2011, 07:54 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,190
Posted By cringer
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Forum: Guitar Techniques 09-18-2011, 07:47 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 381
Posted By cringer
I use the side of my thumb. If you can do it with...

I use the side of my thumb. If you can do it with a light touch it does not hinder your picking motion but does keep the low strings muted -- just takes some practice.

I'm thinking about your palm...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 09-18-2011, 07:41 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 694
Posted By cringer
It matters to the extent of what's comfortable to...

It matters to the extent of what's comfortable to you.
Beyond that there is no rule that thicker pick = faster picking.

Personally, I use 1mm dunlop max-grip for .10 strings and heavier.
.88 pick...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 09-09-2011, 07:19 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 348
Posted By cringer
I do exactly that sort of work (variations of the...

I do exactly that sort of work (variations of the same idea) on a regular basis.
I find it to be exrememly beneficial to training in automatic relaxation & finger control/independence.
Keep doing it...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 09-09-2011, 07:08 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 505
Posted By cringer
My routine is always changing. After a month or 2...

My routine is always changing. After a month or 2 I get burned out on the current focus and move to other areas. Since I keep a log of my practice. I can come back to stuff months later and pick it...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 09-09-2011, 07:01 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 462
Posted By cringer
^ what he said. you need finger strength for sure...

^ what he said.
you need finger strength for sure but you can develop more than enough finger strength in your first year. After that... it's more about accuracy, technique and relaxation.

I like to...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 09-09-2011, 06:55 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 320
Posted By cringer
Major part of finger independence is breaking the...

Major part of finger independence is breaking the reflex of finger(s) moving in reaction to the motions of a another finger.
This can most definitely be trained out and minimized by just about...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 09-02-2011, 07:46 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 488
Posted By cringer
Becoming good at pure improvisation is not easy,...

Becoming good at pure improvisation is not easy, so don't beat yourself up.
Make those chord progressions into loop backing tracks and practice a lot.

With the track looping, think of a phrase that...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 08-26-2011, 07:18 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 386
Posted By cringer
^ agreed, but the ability to recognize any...

^ agreed, but the ability to recognize any interval without the aid of a reference point really internalizes them in your brain. Eventually you just know what any 2 notes are without any concisous...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 08-26-2011, 06:52 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 564
Posted By cringer
I was thinking the same thing... give me 20...

I was thinking the same thing... give me 20 sustainers - people still won't mistake me for Steve Vai :D
TS - people can't tell you which of those songs is easier for you, because you have your own...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 08-24-2011, 07:25 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 310
Posted By cringer
If you can afford quality lessons then do it. A...

If you can afford quality lessons then do it.
A good guitar teacher will help you advance. but as someone pointed out... you still gotta practice hard on your own time too.

I still regret that I...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 08-24-2011, 07:07 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 564
Posted By cringer
Neither song is particularly easy, why only those...

Neither song is particularly easy, why only those 2 when you can choose anything?

Vai pretty much always puts advanced acrobatics into his songs & solos.
Satch will usually have some extended legato...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 08-24-2011, 06:53 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 300
Posted By cringer
a good ear is really important in all aspects of...

a good ear is really important in all aspects of music. But some theoretical knowledge is needed to get the most benefit from ear training.
So learning both together at the same pace might be an...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 08-23-2011, 05:53 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 233
Posted By cringer
re-starting technique all over again is going to...

re-starting technique all over again is going to be awkward no matter what - even if it's better technique... you need enough time to get used to the feeling of it.

My theory on thumb position is...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 08-23-2011, 05:23 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 792
Posted By cringer
^ this is a good point. The better you get, it...

^ this is a good point.
The better you get, it gets more difficult and takes longer to noticably improve.

Taking time off like everyone says is also a big help.
I routinely take off a week or even...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 08-21-2011, 07:58 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 497
Posted By cringer
First memorize the fretboard if you didn't...

First memorize the fretboard if you didn't already.
It helps to understand how and why scales/chords are constructed the way they are, and the difference, similarities and relationships between...
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