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Old 01-14-2014, 12:29 PM   #1
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Question Do you have this Bad Habit?

I nearly all the time not breathe while playing guitar which makes me lose stamina lol does anyone else do this or is it just me ?
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Old 01-14-2014, 12:45 PM   #2
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I don't struggle with that but in a couple of recordings I made of myself playing covers, I notice that I tend to either a) lean over the front of the guitar and look like a tool or b) open my mouth wide in concentration and occasionally my tongue pops out. Then when I realize whilst playing, I **** up whatever I'm doing. Very annoying as it always happens in complicated bits or repetitive bits.
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Old 01-14-2014, 12:53 PM   #3
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I sometime move my mouth according to the song im playin lol even if it an instrumental
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Old 01-14-2014, 01:16 PM   #4
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I clench my teeth a little when doing tough stuff. And my audience pointed out some weird expressions .. But I've never held my breath.

You need to relax bro! Relax and enjoy what you're playing. Don't tense up so much..
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Old 01-14-2014, 02:10 PM   #5
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I nearly all the time not breathe while playing guitar which makes me lose stamina lol does anyone else do this or is it just me ?


I can guarantee that you're not the only person who does it but most people don't seem to realise that playing guitar is much more holistic than you might expect; your whole body has to be relaxed to really play well.

I would suggest more live playing to be honest, you can't really put on a good show if you're holding your breath.

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I clench my teeth a little when doing tough stuff.


Also something to watch out for really, it's all too easy for tension to creep in to the rest of your body if it starts building up anywhere.
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Old 01-14-2014, 04:21 PM   #6
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I clench my teeth a little when doing tough stuff. And my audience pointed out some weird expressions .. But I've never held my breath.

You need to relax bro! Relax and enjoy what you're playing. Don't tense up so much..


I have been told that if you relax you jaw then the rest of your body will relax with it.
Not sure if it's entirely true but worth a try
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Old 01-14-2014, 04:25 PM   #7
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I don't think I do this as much now but I used to move my mouth quite a lot, especially with the Wah pedal I did the same mouth movements as the sound 😄
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Old 01-15-2014, 02:04 AM   #8
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Also something to watch out for really, it's all too easy for tension to creep in to the rest of your body if it starts building up anywhere.


Yeah, I know. I immediately studied my problem. But I do it very rarely. You know, in those very intense moments. When I'm really enjoying myself

I guess, full composure will only come with experience. Only when you know your stuff inside-out and backwards, and you can play it with your eyes closed, will you be able to relax completely on stage.

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I don't think I do this as much now but I used to move my mouth quite a lot, especially with the Wah pedal I did the same mouth movements as the sound 😄


Almost everyone does that. Or atleast feel like doing it. I think it's just our unconscious connection to the music.
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Old 01-15-2014, 03:14 AM   #9
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I sometime move my mouth according to the song im playin lol even if it an instrumental


Yep have this as well. I have no idea what's going on or why, it's not even mouthing the words or anything (I usually never know the lyrics) but follows the rhythm or melody somewhat. Right hand pinky is also sticking out straight for some reason yet I'm not anchoring, it just does. Also more or less constantly frowning, which is unneeded tension probably.
I suggest people who haven't yet to record themselves practicing or playing to figure out weird subconscious stuff you do
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