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Forum: Guitar Techniques 03-02-2015, 09:46 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 880
Posted By StuartBahn
There are no fixed rules but generally: Economy...

There are no fixed rules but generally:

Economy picking: smooth
Alternate picking: more aggressive
Forum: Guitar Techniques 03-02-2015, 09:44 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 357
Posted By StuartBahn
I wrote a short article that touches on this:...

I wrote a short article that touches on this: http://stuartbahn.com/i-cant-play-guitar-standing-up/
Forum: Guitar Techniques 03-02-2015, 09:43 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 459
Posted By StuartBahn
This is a big area. Really you should get a...

This is a big area. Really you should get a teacher to explain and guide you through all of this. Apart from the theory side of things, you still need to learn how to use the scales well in the...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 03-02-2015, 09:40 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 403
Posted By StuartBahn
Both have advantages. You can sometimes make...

Both have advantages. You can sometimes make enormous improvements in speed by striving to achieve something much faster than you can currently do.

You do need to be careful with this though, as...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 03-02-2015, 09:37 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 252
Posted By StuartBahn
The above point are all excellent. I would also...

The above point are all excellent. I would also like to add that in the very early days it's not a bad idea to accept a little imperfection, in the short-term, so that you can get on with actually...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 03-02-2015, 09:35 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,321
Posted By StuartBahn
Morale and motivation are very important. I agree...

Morale and motivation are very important. I agree with Ryan, find yourself a good teacher - ideally for face-to-face lessons. They will give you a short-term reason to keep going when morale takes a...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 03-02-2015, 09:33 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 376
Posted By StuartBahn
Also be careful that your 4th finger is not...

Also be careful that your 4th finger is not unintentionally muting the G-string.
Forum: The Pit 02-16-2015, 11:52 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 356
Posted By StuartBahn
Ear plugs are mandatory if you value your...

Ear plugs are mandatory if you value your hearing. Tinnitus is usually permanent.

Read this article: http://stuartbahn.com/do-guitarists-need-to-wear-ear-plugs/
Forum: Guitar Techniques 01-26-2015, 03:13 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 522
Posted By StuartBahn
To 'unlearn' seemingly automatic movements it's...

To 'unlearn' seemingly automatic movements it's important to slow things down. If you perform your exercise slowly enough you will find that you can in fact control this unwanted movement. It takes...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 01-26-2015, 03:11 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 316
Posted By StuartBahn
It's important, I think, to differentiate between...

It's important, I think, to differentiate between 'playing' and 'practice'. If you're going to practise then it really ought to be focussed, purposeful practice in which you are striving to achieve...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 01-26-2015, 03:08 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 289
Posted By StuartBahn
... and I just said this in the same thread,...

... and I just said this in the same thread, which is just as applicable!:

Frequently the problem is down to poor thumb position. Your thumb should be somewhere between the first two fingers, not...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 01-26-2015, 03:07 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 364
Posted By StuartBahn
Frequently the problem is down to poor thumb...

Frequently the problem is down to poor thumb position. Your thumb should be somewhere between the first two fingers, not pointing sideways way up where the nut is.
Forum: Guitar Techniques 01-26-2015, 03:06 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 230
Posted By StuartBahn
I think the solution is to get yourself a teacher...

I think the solution is to get yourself a teacher that you respect and who can set you specific goals. This could be someone in a nearby town or via Skype. We all need goals, as you imply, and no one...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 01-26-2015, 03:04 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 290
Posted By StuartBahn
This sounds like a technique issue. Certainly...

This sounds like a technique issue. Certainly warming up is important but pain within two minutes suggests that you are gripping way too hard.
Forum: Guitar Techniques 01-20-2015, 07:12 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 603
Posted By StuartBahn
For PC you can try Winamp + Pacemekaer plugin

For PC you can try Winamp + Pacemekaer plugin
Forum: Guitar Techniques 01-20-2015, 07:10 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 519
Posted By StuartBahn
This is exactly right. You must be very careful...

This is exactly right. You must be very careful about going with what 'feels natural'. Playing guitar is totally UN-natural so there is no reason why what feels right is the best. It nearly always...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 01-20-2015, 07:09 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 437
Posted By StuartBahn
Have you thought about finding yourself a great...

Have you thought about finding yourself a great jazz teacher? You really can't beat the guiding hand of a world-class teacher and the prospect of having to face them eery week or two to show them...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 01-20-2015, 06:27 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 861
Posted By StuartBahn
As a previous poster said, recording yourself is...

As a previous poster said, recording yourself is a good approach. It helps you to objectively identify your problem areas. Make a simple exercise or task that addresses one of the problems and work...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 01-20-2015, 06:23 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 574
Posted By StuartBahn
Start very simple, maybe even just one note per...

Start very simple, maybe even just one note per beat at say 60bpm. Then try two notes, etc.

Timing takes a very long time to refine so you need to clock up many hours of practice. Keep going though,...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 12-18-2014, 10:36 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 727
Posted By StuartBahn
Have you tried the Paul Gilbert exercise combined...

Have you tried the Paul Gilbert exercise combined with maximum efficiency of movement?
Forum: Guitar Techniques 12-18-2014, 10:35 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 453
Posted By StuartBahn
This might not be relevant to you but I'm putting...

This might not be relevant to you but I'm putting it up in case.

A common problem is guitarists that fret with their pinky "locked out", i.e. with one of the knuckles completely straight. This is...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 12-18-2014, 10:32 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 519
Posted By StuartBahn
It's admirable that you're trying to work from a...

It's admirable that you're trying to work from a book but this is a very dry approach to music. You really cannot beat finding yourself a good teacher. Playing guitar is such a complicated and...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 12-18-2014, 10:30 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 517
Posted By StuartBahn
I agree with previous posters. You need to...

I agree with previous posters. You need to prioritise and not get overwhelmed at the enormity of the task at hand. Getting a good teacher is very good move as they should give you a series of...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 11-08-2014, 05:44 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 677
Posted By StuartBahn
I would be wary of going along with what feels...

I would be wary of going along with what feels right. It takes a bit of work to get used to spanning your fingers out, but once you have the ability, there a great benefits.

If you look at any...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 11-08-2014, 05:32 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 243
Posted By StuartBahn
Learning some basic theory is a good idea because...

Learning some basic theory is a good idea because then the chord sequences take on meaning. It doesn't have to be lots, just enough to understand the basic frame work of major and minor keys. I wrote...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 11-08-2014, 05:30 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 699
Posted By StuartBahn
What would be useful is to post a clip of you...

What would be useful is to post a clip of you playing.
Forum: Guitar Techniques 11-08-2014, 05:30 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 390
Posted By StuartBahn
I wrote a short article on this:...

I wrote a short article on this: http://stuartbahn.com/are-my-hands-too-small-to-play-guitar/
Forum: Guitar Techniques 10-28-2014, 08:28 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 251
Posted By StuartBahn
Sounds like fatigue. There is a limit to how long...

Sounds like fatigue. There is a limit to how long you can keep playing before muscles get tired. One thing you could think about is whether you're actually gripping/pressing more than necessary....
Forum: Guitar Techniques 10-24-2014, 04:22 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 382
Posted By StuartBahn
You've already identified what you need to do....

You've already identified what you need to do. You should strive to play all shapes in all keys. Using something like Band in a Box or iRealb are very good for this. You could set up a backing track...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 10-24-2014, 04:18 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 385
Posted By StuartBahn
You could have your 4th finger touching/muting...

You could have your 4th finger touching/muting the thinnest strings. This is a good habit anyway if you're playing with overdrive.
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