#1
Something posessed me to attempt playing Paul Gilbert songs last night, and I just found out that my strengths are almost the same as Paul's. I'm a really good alternate picker, and considering the fact that I just began string skipping, I can string skip pretty damn well.

My only problem, however, is that although 99% of the time I alternate pick, the other 1% I don't alternate pick is when I string skip. Is this something that I can practice until I alternate pick when I string skip, or is it very hard to undo?


How about you guys? What're you guys best and worst at?
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#2
If your picking works i cant see why you'd need to change it, but i might have misinterpreted what you said.

well, im pretty good at alternating, and i'm starting to get better at constant down picking. but My best skill, imo, is my improvising, i my not be that good, but its the most fun for me, therefore, my best skill
My biggest weakness is that i can't be arsed to learn songs, i'll get half way through learning a song and go, "stuff this" and the i'll just improvise/jam
#3
I can riff very good, and create great molodies on acoustic. I can play fast enough for those awesome sounding parts in songs but i can never make them up, my solos end up being a bunch of small segments of interesting bends and patterns rather than one fluid movement of notes climbing or falling.
I can sweep on 3 and 4 strings great. On 5 and 6 you might as well pick a different song.
I can alternate pick good.
I always thought string skipping was pretty easy. I can tap but never really use it because i dont like it lol.

I over complicate too much, i need to learn to make it simple and catchy.
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#4
I'm a great acoustic strummer. Strum patterns and such just come to me naturally and I can make a basic 4-chord strum progression sound really cool. I'm also pretty good at just making up random chord progressions, and just chording in general.

I can't pick. I mean, I just might be one of the worst pickers on this website. I'm also pretty bad with improvised blues runs, but that'll come with time and scale practice.

I'm not a very good fingerpicker either.

And I can't write entire songs (guitar and vocals) to save my life.
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#5
I'm often fairly good at imrpovising/song writing, but I tend to only write in a minor scale and use fairly similar riffs from each of my previous songs.
I never learn a song, I get through the intro of it (Usually), then stop and not bother and learn the rest. I'm good at picking up new techniques though, and when I want to really learn a technique or song, I will learn it.
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#6
I worked out some exercises to help me with string skipping and practice them alternate only. Its is better if you alternate when you skip, you will be faster. Work out a simple excersise and practice, you don't want to be doing downstrokes interrupting your smoothness.
#7
Riffing, and rhythm guitar in general I think I'm pretty good at. I've been playing it for 6 years now.

I'm pretty good at harmonics of all kinds, and I'm trying to get good at fast alternate picking. That'll be my signature move.

I suck at improvising. I can't play solos for ****, because they're all too fast for me. I can't do long legato passages, either.
#8
Ah, also I can get natural harmonics from every spot on the fretboard (The spots that actually have harmonics). I'm still working on pinch.
I'm relatively good at legato, but not legato fast.
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#9
I can vocalize over somewhat complex guitar parts, I guess that's my strength.

As for my weakness, without a doubt, it's my improvising. I can't improvise on the spot to save my life. I guess my ear is pretty bad too, I have no perfect pitch, and can't tune by ear worth crap.
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#12
Strength: Can sing while playing really difficult riffs. Kinda' like Fall of Troy stuff. Good at rhythms, good with any kind of picking, really good with anything but muting, haha.

Weakness: Sloppy player in solos. I need to learn how to mute better.
#13
I can alternate pick like a beast, and I do know a lot of general theory/I can sightread.

What I fail at are things like sweeping and making solos become a solid idea instead of jsut bits of things that occassionally pop into my head. I also seem to lack the ability of moving around the fretboard.
#16
I'm a talented lead player who's good at phrasing and improv,but I swear to God I am one of the most abysmal rhythm players you'll ever hear.Seriously,simple little chord progressions throw me for a loop.

Complicated arpeggio patterns and sweeping? I'm all over it.

The intro to Crazy Train? OMFG NOOOOO!!!


It's something I really need to address with my playing

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#17
lol ^
i think my alternative and unidirectional picking are pretty good i do a bit of economy too when it fits in , my improv sucks rly bad and its rly hard for me to grasp music theory so im pretty much screwed as being a musician lol. atleast i can do covers D;
#18
I believe there is no such thing as a weakness on guitar, only a strength that hasn't been solidified yet. In the last year my fingerpicking has gone from abysmal to solo jazz guitar gigs standards.
#19
i cant play guitar for nuts, and i still gassing for more gears.
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#20
strengths: chords, progressions, rhythm
weakness: soloing, scales, alt-picking
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#21
Strengths: riffing, chords and chord progressions, palm muting

Weakness: soloing and alternate picking (both skills are improving greatly though)
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#22
Strengths: Metallica style lead work, bending, sliding, palm muting, chords.

Weakness: Inabillity to alternate pick without absolutely concentrating on it. I still find downpicking more natural and easy.
#23
I've only been playing for a year and 8 months so my strength isn't exactly something i can boast about. Anyway my strength is legato, my weakness is finger picking and metal riffs. I can't speed pick or sweep for my life but those aren't exactly part of my playing...yet.

EDIT: How can I forget? Biggest weakness - Frigging vibrato
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#24
Strengths: I have a natural sense of rhythm, so I can easily "get in the pocket" whilst jamming, its one of the reasons I've thought about converting to bass every once in a while. I've also been told that on slower melodic lead lines there's a lot of "soul" coming through the playing, which leads to a weakness...

Weaknesses:...that when I play faster lines I must be thinking about getting it right too hard because it tends to sound more sterile. I also have very poor technique because I was self taught. I'm starting to break a lot of bad habits, but some (like playing power chords with my first and pinky fingers on frets 1-11) I keep flying back to again and again.

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#25
speaking of picking awkwardness, I just last night realized that the whole intro to Stairway to Heaven is finger-picked Made it so much easier on me to play, and now I want to learn the whole song
#26
was:

Strength
: downpicking, rhythm overall, simple blues improv solos

Weakness:
complex rhythm, quick solo's, sweeping, quick alt picking


and nowadays my strengths and weaknesses are switched
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#27
Strength: Left Hand
Weakness: Right Hand
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#28
I am very good at alternate picking, and can do fast downpicking riffs pretty well. I am pretty good at improv.

I'm not so great at strumming, sweeping, or gallops.
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#29
I'm a decent sweeper and alternate picker.
Weaknesses: can't do multiple finger tapping, improvs are crap, can't tab, not good at incorporating theory to guitar (even though I'm taking AP).
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