#1
Is there any advice you guys could give me to work on my phrasing? i know **** loads of scales and such but i always seem to be repeating myself!
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#3
If you learn how to write music down, in standard notation, it'll help you see why your rhythm isnt varied enough

It can feel boring, writing music, but it'll help you see your weaknesses in black and white
#4
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metronome


that simple? really? i've been trying to work on my phrasing as well.
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#5
Listen to alot of Jazz guitarists, might I suggest Wes Montgomery. Then try only using one or two or three notes for an entire solo/song and make it sound good. Once you do that then start incorporating scales. We do this in Jazz and it always works. Also if you feel you are repeating yourself make sure you are playing scales in different positions.
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metronome

Lol.

I don't see how using a metronome could possibly improve your phrasing except in the timing department.

Here's one idea. Our instrument is like our voice, right? We're supposed to "speak" through it. So try taking that to a slightly more literal level. Think of speech patterns. When we speak, we use different kinds of phrasing for different effects - a rising terminal when we ask a question and so forth. Leaving space to breathe is an important consideration for the speaker. Think about that when you're playing. Maybe think of some verbal phrases in your head, anything you like really, and try to "play" them. See what happens. The results may surprise you.
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Lol.

I don't see how using a metronome could possibly improve your phrasing except in the timing department.
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+ 1

metronome is a non-answer to the TS's question.


TS:

- learn what a phrase is
- learn to recognize phrases in music
- practice writing phrases
- practice playing phrases
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Last edited by GuitarMunky at Jul 17, 2009,
#9
^ +2

try to think of your guitar less as a guitar and moreso as a musical instrument. often times i think "if this were a violin/piano/cello/flute/synth/ etc etc what would it do"
#11
Once you have an idea of what a phrase is, start writing your own phrases. I cant think of a better way to practice that then over a backing track or with a buddy.
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#12
A metronome WILL help you're phrasing, because you're concept of rhythm within a single bar can be insanely one dimensional and repetitive without you ever realizing it, playing with a metronome will isolate the phrasing element in such a way that if you suck, you'll quickly notice
#13
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A metronome WILL help you're phrasing, because you're concept of rhythm within a single bar can be insanely one dimensional and repetitive without you ever realizing it, playing with a metronome will isolate the phrasing element in such a way that if you suck, you'll quickly notice


No, a metrome will help your timing, your timing will help your phrasing.

TS. As well as the other tips given here, listen to a wide variety of musicians and see how they use phrasing.
#14
^ I agree a metronome will help your timing. Understanding what a phrase is, and working on your ability to recognize and play phrases, will help your phrasing.
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