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Forum: Guitar Techniques 01-17-2015, 08:03 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 952
Posted By cringer
Practice perfectly to play perfectly - I know...

Practice perfectly to play perfectly - I know that's an old cliche but true - especially since it sounds like you're just not in control. Playing and practice is not the same thing.

Best advice I...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 01-16-2015, 04:43 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 301
Posted By cringer
if it doesn't come out clearly - then you don't...

if it doesn't come out clearly - then you don't actually have the speed down or the finger timing right - because you can't play it clearly. Just common sense.

Personally I would slow down relax and...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 01-15-2015, 10:26 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 566
Posted By cringer
Good advice... Also, one thing that helped me a...

Good advice...

Also, one thing that helped me a lot was to just rest all 4 fingers on the B string somewhere in the middle of the neck. Don't press down and don't lift off either, just rest all your...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 01-01-2015, 07:01 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 418
Posted By cringer
Practice a lot with a metronome to improve your...

Practice a lot with a metronome to improve your timing.
Forum: Guitar Techniques 01-01-2015, 06:58 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 585
Posted By cringer
I was the poster boy for training in poor...

I was the poster boy for training in poor techniques in my early years. That advice above from black_devils is right on the money.

You're going to need patience and you're going to have to re-train...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 01-01-2015, 01:38 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 488
Posted By cringer
aside from what I already offered... Just keep it...

aside from what I already offered... Just keep it interesting and challenging when you practice. Don't let it become a boring chore.

Ideally you should find a routine where you look forward to...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 12-30-2014, 11:52 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 488
Posted By cringer
Hi Maybe bring some variations into your guitar...

Hi
Maybe bring some variations into your guitar practice routine. Don't focus too much on one aspect of your development. You said yourself that is the source of your annoyance.

Maybe break your...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 01-21-2013, 07:18 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 403
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: 1,049
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: 432
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: 319
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: 391
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: 702
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: 482
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: 484
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: 401
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: 276
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: 632
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: 500
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: 467
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: 284
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: 1,309
Posted By cringer
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Forum: Guitar Techniques 09-18-2011, 07:47 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 411
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: 806
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: 446
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: 693
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: 639
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: 385
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: 557
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: 458
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...
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