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Old 09-15-2012, 11:47 AM   #1
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Question Don't know what genre to focus on

Hello everyone!

This question is a bit odd, but all advise is welcome, how odd it may be
I have been playing electric guitar for about 4 months (fender strat) and play 1-2h everyday, and much of the times even more. I realy like playing guitar, but I don't know how to focus my attention.
What do I mean with this? Now I have got down the fundamentals (I hope ), but I don't know what to focus on... I realy like blues and rock, but also folk and metal, but also slow music and shredding... I have been learning some solos, but I find that I lack time to focus on all techniques for all genres... I know you're going to say, it's your opinion and feeling, bli bla bla

My question: is there anyway that I can spread my time to learn everything or do I realy need to focus on one thing (I mean one genre, with it techniques) ? It sounds strange, but I don't know what to do...
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Old 09-15-2012, 11:51 AM   #2
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work on what your fealing at the time. many aspects of playing diff genre's are the same (scales/modes).

I play mostly punk/metal but I started out playing (trying to play) Nirvana, Soundgarden, Eric Clapton, AC/DC, Jimi Hendrix, Cream, Metallica, CCR and a wide range of music. It worked out good IMO because I can bring diff elements of styles into music I write now.
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Old 09-15-2012, 12:57 PM   #3
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work on everything that you want to play. you'll find that many of the skills, theory and technique are present in most, if not all, genres. plus, playing a variety of music will help you to become a better rounded guitar player, as well as helping you to develop your own sound.

you may, however, want to learn some theory. even just knowing your key signatures, major and minor scales and how chords are built would give you a huge boost in improving your playing quickly.
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Old 09-15-2012, 12:58 PM   #4
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Never focus on a genre, focus on music.
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Old 09-15-2012, 01:26 PM   #5
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but I don't know what to focus on...

Pick the one you feel like doing the most.
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Old 09-15-2012, 01:41 PM   #6
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work on what your fealing at the time. many aspects of playing diff genre's are the same (scales/modes).




make music. listen to gordian knot.
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Old 09-15-2012, 03:02 PM   #7
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Be yourself and play what you want, not what other people want you to play.

Better to be a good Justin Bieber cover-musician than a bad mainstream blues/rock guitarist.

Sorry for the comparison, I hope you get what I'm saying.


Jazz is fun to play though.
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Old 09-15-2012, 03:37 PM   #8
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make music. listen to gordian knot.


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Old 09-15-2012, 04:21 PM   #9
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I like listening to pretty much everything but I definitely prefer some genres more. What techniques are you talking about that you don't have time to master anyway? Any technique can be used anywhere. To be frank, this question doesn't make sense to me.
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Old 09-15-2012, 04:33 PM   #10
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Work on learning songs all the way through, instead of just parts of the songs. If you have trouble with solos or other parts of songs, focus on those and break them down, practice each little part individually.

Also, practicing and learning your scales will help you with your playing, and will help you work up to improvising.

And make sure that you can play everything you learn with confidence and precision! Too many players play sloppily.
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Old 09-15-2012, 04:57 PM   #11
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Never focus on a genre, focus on music.



Came here to say something similar.
The best guitarists are the most versatile guitarists.
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Old 09-15-2012, 06:42 PM   #12
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Focusing on a genre is a losing game. Focus on transcending genres.
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Old 09-16-2012, 07:33 PM   #13
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I think it is important to have focus in your playing. If you were trying to become a doctor would you try to be a specialist in everything? I guess if you did you would become a general practitioner that knows a little about everything but doesn't really specialize in anything.

If you focus on one genre it's like you are becoming specialized. You learn all the ins and outs. You pay attention to the details. You become the neurosurgeon. If you spread your focus on too many genres you will lose the details that each genre has to offer.

My advice to you is to pick one primary genre and maybe a secondary to focus on. If you find that genre not as interesting as you thought switch your primary out for something that keeps you interested.

Good luck with your choice!
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Old 09-16-2012, 09:54 PM   #14
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I say the exact opposite.

For now, learn songs that inspire you. Who cares if they all fit together?

A doctor doesn't begin to specialize until they have done 3-4 years of medical prerequisites in college and another 3+ years of general medical stuff in medical school. Only near the end of medical school do they really begin to lock in on their specialty.

OP, you've been play for four months, that's way to soon to even begin to think about whether you need to lock it down in some way. Just play - play songs that inspire you no matter what genre they're in. Worry about it later.
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Old 09-17-2012, 12:03 PM   #15
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Thank you all for all the kind and good replies, you all are awesome! This forum and site has been so helpful! Thx all !
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Old 09-18-2012, 06:18 PM   #16
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When ever your learning something new, especially when your playing for several hours straight don't spend more than 30 minutes learning one song. This is totally what you need if your trying to learn multiple genres at once. Like maybe your learnin this bluesy riff and your learning it for 30 minutes but you'll start to plateu cause your brains gotta go through a retaining phase. Play a totally different song for 15+ minutes and that's how you get muscle memory going. You gotta like learn each song peice by peice too dont listen to a whole section and start from there, you gotta learn it like 3 seconds at a time or else you start playing the right notes but all off-timing. Well uhh, thought this would help pretty much 2 huge tips I wish someone told me when I first started especially the taking breaks thing, everyone figures that out eventually though.
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Old 09-18-2012, 08:15 PM   #17
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What should thine focus be, o aspiring minstrel?
METAL OF COURSE!!!

Let thine practice be steadfast, under ye moon's pale glow, until ye dark cloak of night 'tis furled back to reveal dawn's first light!

Perform'eth thine techniques until fingers drip'peth sweet bloode to dye thine axe's board-o-frets, so that it become'th one with thine flesh!

Hone thine palm mutes until they art so refined and violent that each downstroke crack'eth ye Earth below our feet, and Lucifer's unholy armies may find passage to our feeble world!

And whenst thou must take'th respite for erotic self-pleasures, use'th thine rhythm hand to "polish thine loinsword" with great purpose and vigor; just as ye jackhammer "polish'eth" ye concrete! For then, even in throes of self-delight, thine guitar technique 'tis exercised and thou art always in service of METAL!!!!!

This post now concludeth!
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