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#1
Just trying to see what some of them are. I think playing a power chord with your index and little finger is one, if so I need to work on that.
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#2
I read somewhere that its bad to touch the guitar with ur strumming hand while playing, something to do with putting strain on ur hand
#3
That is not a bad habit! Kirk Hammett plays power chords like that

Its not really a habit, but i cant do vibrato on a string held bent. Yet.
#4
Moving arms instead of wrist, using all downstrokes instead of alternate picking and not muting the strings that are not played.
#5
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Moving arms instead of wrist, using all downstrokes instead of alternate picking and not muting the strings that are not played.



some songs require downstrokes only to get the right sounds, but alternate picking IS essential but not required for all tunes!
#6
any tips on how to use alt. picking on solos and things like that? I used to be in the habit of only using downstrokes but now I can alt. pick any chords and things like that, along with a few simple solos. There are certain things that I cant alt. pick though.
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#7
Quote by David_Bowie=GOD
Just trying to see what some of them are. I think playing a power chord with your index and little finger is one, if so I need to work on that.


There are multiple ways to play power chords, playing them with your pinky is just one of them, some people use the pinky some the ring finger but there is no right way to do it. Playing it with your ring finger does come in handy when you play 2 note power chords (1root + 2 notes) though. I play them with my ring finger and yet sometimes I find it easyer to use the pinky, so thats not really a habit let alone a bad one.
#8
I don't know if this is the kind of thing you're looking for but these are some things I've been taught:

-Fan your picking hand instead of making a fist
-Don't let your fretting fingers touch the board just the strings
-Lift your fingers off the stringers when changing chords and positions
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#9
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some songs require downstrokes only to get the right sounds, but alternate picking IS essential but not required for all tunes!

So what you're saying is, alternate picking is essential, but not essential.
#11
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So what you're saying is, alternate picking is essential, but not essential.


he's saying that alternate picking is essential, but some songs sound better (mostly more aggressive) when played with only downstrokes (say for instance: Master of Puppets). That something is essential does not mean you have to use it in every occasion.
#12
Quote by Drakathan
That is not a bad habit! Kirk Hammett plays power chords like that


Just because a famous guitarist does something doesn't mean it's a bad habit. I happen to argee that plaing powerchords like that isn't a bad habit but your reasoning is terrible, especially seeing as how you used Hammett as your chosen example.

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-Fan your picking hand instead of making a fist


I would say that this doesn't matter at all, the actual shape of your picking hand doesn't make any difference.

I would say bad habits are:

- Not playing on both channels (clean and distorted) when practicing; it's essential to use both for good technique.

- Anchoring. I'm not going to debate this one, I believe it's a bad habit and so does anyone who understands what anchoring actually is.
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#13
Your thumb placement can develop into something not good. Make sure you learn to keep your thumb on the neck as it will help you in the long run for big reaches and stuff. Also try not to rush learning techniques, and don't be satisfied when something sounds "alright", make it perfect.
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#14
Quote by David_Bowie=GOD
any tips on how to use alt. picking on solos and things like that? I used to be in the habit of only using downstrokes but now I can alt. pick any chords and things like that, along with a few simple solos. There are certain things that I cant alt. pick though.


The single best way to learn to alt. pick is to play scales while alt. picking. There's two ways to do this:

1: Play each note in the scale twice, once with a downstroke, then with an upstroke, then move on to the next note

OR

2: Play the first note with a downstroke, the second with an upstroke, the third with a downstroke, and so on and so forth.

That's what I did at least.
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#15
-Using too much gain.
-Weak muting.
-Overdeveloping 1 hand before the other
-Being able to economy pick but not alternate pick strictly.
-Not having the left elbow out far enough
-Hunching over while playing
-Strap too low
-moving arm, not the wrist
-gripping the pick too hard
-tensing up
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#16
The only bad habit I've picked up is rocking backwards and forwards like a simpleton when playing standing up.
The best advice I think I give people I teach, is to play the way you feel most comfortable with, if you feel more comfortable using whatever fingers for powercords, do it that way. There's nothing worse than feeling uncomfortable with your style.

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#17
Bad habits that are common:

Anchoring. Not muting unplayed strings (bass matters more than treble but still, try to mute as many as you can). Not using alternate picking (I know you down pick some songs but you're going to make your hand fall off if you never alternate pick lol). Hitting more than three strings on power chords (I use my index, ring, and pinky to avoid this). Uneven (inconsistent) galloping. Not holding the pick correctly. Using your wrist to hammer on/pull-off.

And the last one that annoys me the most? Thinking you're great, and bragging about it.
#18
Curling your pinky in when you aren't using it.
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#19
Quote by David_Bowie=GOD
Just trying to see what some of them are. I think playing a power chord with your index and little finger is one, if so I need to work on that.


Yah I used to do that. I do it rarely when I play songs that switch power chords real fast or slide. U'll get a alot better if you use three fingers. DO IT!
#22
I don't think theres any "wrong" way to do a technique, if it works it works. and thats whats awesome about guitar. theres no strict right and wrong way to do it.
If there was we'd all still be playing classical guitar.
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#23
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Now correct me if I'm wrong but...

Malmsteen anchoring
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aS_IYe5JTZ4

Petrucci, Vai and Satriani all 'anchoring'
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V6Z5cvzKF8o

and God himself in a human form, Mr David Gilmour
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NqUX4oPyhiY

Whatever works is the way I look at it.


Malmsteen and Vai don't anchor. Satch and Gilmour doesn't do fast picking. Petrucci is, quite frankly, a miracle; he's so tense it scares me.

See this guy: http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=Mk_GMvIea6s

Steve Morse. Good player, yes? Yep...he has Carpal Tunnel Sydrome from bad technique. He admits that if he could start again he wouldn't anchor. Read the relevant stickies in the AT forum and go the hell away.
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#24
Quote by MESAexplorer
-Using too much gain.
-Weak muting.
-Overdeveloping 1 hand before the other
-Being able to economy pick but not alternate pick strictly.
-Not having the left elbow out far enough
-Hunching over while playing
-Strap too low
-moving arm, not the wrist
-gripping the pick too hard
-tensing up


I wouldn't say having your strap to low is a bad habit, it's really just preference. I find it a lot easier to play fast metal riffs, i.e. Master of Puppets, with my strap as low as possible (not quite Hetfield low). That way I can hit down on the strings more aggressively, but still have control.
Everything else I pretty much agree on. Except hunching over, doing it every so often can look....interesting.

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#25
Quote by shredforbread33
Your thumb placement can develop into something not good. Make sure you learn to keep your thumb on the neck as it will help you in the long run for big reaches and stuff. Also try not to rush learning techniques, and don't be satisfied when something sounds "alright", make it perfect.


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#26
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Malmsteen and Vai don't anchor. Satch and Gilmour doesn't do fast picking. Petrucci is, quite frankly, a miracle; he's so tense it scares me.

See this guy: http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=Mk_GMvIea6s

Steve Morse. Good player, yes? Yep...he has Carpal Tunnel Sydrome from bad technique. He admits that if he could start again he wouldn't anchor. Read the relevant stickies in the AT forum and go the hell away.


If you weren't so ignorant and wanted to so badly show off your 'knowledge' online you would of noticed that I wrote "Correct me if I'm wrong" at the beginning of my post so theres no need to tell me to go the hell away. I've stated my opinion on the subject and opened it up for debate and I never mentioned that anchoring was a good technique. So please have a coke and a smile and shut the f*ck up
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I wouldn't say having your strap to low is a bad habit, it's really just preference. I find it a lot easier to play fast metal riffs, i.e. Master of Puppets, with my strap as low as possible (not quite Hetfield low). That way I can hit down on the strings more aggressively, but still have control.
Everything else I pretty much agree on. Except hunching over, doing it every so often can look....interesting.

Rock on!


You're supposed to sit in an upright posture. When you stand the guitar should be where it was when you're sitting. I don't see how having the guitar down low is in any way helpful. It puts your wrist in an akward position if you're going to hold the pick correctly, however, most people who have their guitar down low hold their pick incorrectly as well. The upper fret access suffers as well.
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#28
Quote by DSOTM80
If you weren't so ignorant and wanted to so badly show off your 'knowledge' online you would of noticed that I wrote "Correct me if I'm wrong" at the beginning of my post so theres no need to tell me to go the hell away. I've stated my opinion on the subject and opened it up for debate and I never mentioned that anchoring was a good technique. So please have a coke and a smile and shut the f*ck up


You said "whichever works", I corrected you on that too.
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#29
I cant see why playing powerchords with index and pinky is a bad habit.
I use index and third fingers to play powerchords in higher places in the fretboard, but its easier for me to use pinky in lower pitch places of the fingerboard, where frets are wider.

Do you guys grab the pick always the same way? I use to grab it on the usual way for chords, but when I pick fast I need to grab it with the tips of my thumb and first finger.
I guess thats a bad habit.

And I fan my picking hand. It makes it easier to me to mute strings keeping my hand free to move.
#30
Quote by David_Bowie=GOD
any tips on how to use alt. picking on solos and things like that? I used to be in the habit of only using downstrokes but now I can alt. pick any chords and things like that, along with a few simple solos. There are certain things that I cant alt. pick though.

I played the stairway solo before I could alt. picking

I used that solo to get alt. picking down pat
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see...
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just narrow dicked
#31
A lot of the concepts behind "technique" versus "preference" stems from health. If you play tense (which I do all too often.. hunch over also) you can strain muscles, and a strained back is just not comfortable at all!
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#32
Quote by DSOTM80
If you weren't so ignorant and wanted to so badly show off your 'knowledge' online you would of noticed that I wrote "Correct me if I'm wrong" at the beginning of my post so theres no need to tell me to go the hell away. I've stated my opinion on the subject and opened it up for debate and I never mentioned that anchoring was a good technique. So please have a coke and a smile and shut the f*ck up

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#33
I just found out that every time I play with a drum beat apparently I nod my head up and down with the beat..... Is this a bad habbit??will it hurt me??

Edit: all I know is that it makes me look stupid

my friends looked at me and laughed while i was doing it
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see...
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just narrow dicked
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#34
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I just found out that every time I play with a drum beat apparently I nod my head up and down with the beat..... Is this a bad habbit??will it hurt me??

Edit: all I know is that it makes me look stupid

my friends looked at me and laughed while i was doing it until they told me


It's like headbanging... or tapping your foot with the beat. Your friends are retarded and probably can't play in time correctly lol.

You may feel tension in your neck, just like lots of headbanging will do. But in the long run you just may end up with a thick ass neck like George Fisher from Cannibal Corpse.
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#35
Developing one hand before the other really isn't a problem. It's harder to get your hand synchronisation down when you get around to it, but it's not a problem that will be almost impossible to get rid of, it'll just impede your learning a bit.
Anchoring: I'm not afraid of a little carpal tunnel syndrome
No, I don't do fast picking anyway, really. I just think that alternate picking a fast passage sounds messy. It sounds much cleaner to play it legato. But in no way do I condone anchoring; I'm just having a hell of a time trying to fix my technique.
Along with my muting, crap vibrato and perfectionism, or lack thereof.
If you want bad habits, just watch me play D:
#36
Quote by Rock Pig
Developing one hand before the other really isn't a problem. It's harder to get your hand synchronisation down when you get around to it, but it's not a problem that will be almost impossible to get rid of, it'll just impede your learning a bit.
Anchoring: I'm not afraid of a little carpal tunnel syndrome
No, I don't do fast picking anyway, really. I just think that alternate picking a fast passage sounds messy. It sounds much cleaner to play it legato. But in no way do I condone anchoring; I'm just having a hell of a time trying to fix my technique.
Along with my muting, crap vibrato and perfectionism, or lack thereof.
If you want bad habits, just watch me play D:


it sounds like you and me have alot of similarities in the technique part of our playing.

except i believe my muting isn't really that bad...but, you know, everything else is totally like me
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oh and yao151 i love the fact that you as a fan of metallica and slayer likes John Frusciante, i wish more people around here had an open mind like that


see...
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just narrow dicked
#38
Quote by metallicaman051
i would say the worst thing you can do is not use your pinky.


Omg yes. I had to personally practice every day for like 2 weeks just to strengthen the muscle(s) in my pinky so it could keep up with all my other fingers.

Now my middle finger is failing me... and I can use my pinky to crush cans... TRASH CANS.
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#40
Quote by halftimelord
My bad habit is playing some chord notes with my thumb. Which means I fail.


hendrix did it and John frusciante does it...

not a bad habit imo, just a different technique..

Edit: also, i don't use my pinky a lot and i keep my thumb over the fretboard when i play a solos, especially blues. I can't bend with my pinky or with my thumb not above the neck for leverage. I can use it though, i prefer not to, unless i'm doing sweeps or "shred".

not sure if its a bad habit but eh
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