#1
So, after a year and two or so months of playing, I've gotten pretty comfortable with my playing, but I know there's still a large room for improvement, so any advice I can get would be greatly appreciated.

The video of me playing is here, jamming on Voodoo Chile

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2pBrE3cBPmY
#2
, thats some bitchin playing for only a year...you practiced a lot right?
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Quote by turtlewax
, thats some bitchin playing for only a year...you practiced a lot right?


Not as much as I should. I usually play for about 3 hours a day, but I have taken breaks as long as month without playing at all. So I could use more practice lol.
#4
That's pretty damned good.

I think you should bring yourself up in the mix though.
Rather, bring the drums down a little.
#5
You are around where I was afer a year and a half. So you're doing good I'd say.
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#6
I can't tell if I am hearing your guitar or Jimi's though. Have you any vidoes of just you?
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What is so special about it? only rhythms isnt it? no fast shredding or whatever...isnt it something you can do when youre playing for at least 7 months or so? and 3-4 for the rhytms? he made some mistakes with the rhythm and didnt play lead parts fluentyle so whats really special about it?
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Quote by blind.quardian
What is so special about it? only rhythms isnt it? no fast shredding or whatever...isnt it something you can do when youre playing for at least 7 months or so? and 3-4 for the rhytms? he made some mistakes with the rhythm and didnt play lead parts fluentyle so whats really special about it?


Nothing is 'so special' about it he's just asking how he's doing at this point in his guitar playing career. Very good I'd say so lay off him.

I don't know if you were just playing loosely because it's Hendrix and it's definetely fun to play that way but you could economize your picking a little bit more. Other than that you're way better than I was at that stage.
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Quote by blind.quardian
What is so special about it? only rhythms isnt it? no fast shredding or whatever...isnt it something you can do when youre playing for at least 7 months or so? and 3-4 for the rhytms? he made some mistakes with the rhythm and didnt play lead parts fluentyle so whats really special about it?


I don't focus on fast shredding. It's not my style and I've always had a distaste for it. Call me old fashioned but I would take playing based on feeling rather than playing based on technique any day of the week.
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Quote by blind.quardian
What is so special about it? only rhythms isnt it? no fast shredding or whatever...isnt it something you can do when youre playing for at least 7 months or so? and 3-4 for the rhytms? he made some mistakes with the rhythm and didnt play lead parts fluentyle so whats really special about it?


shreding does not make u good and neither does speed
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Quote by blind.quardian
What is so special about it? only rhythms isnt it? no fast shredding or whatever...isnt it something you can do when youre playing for at least 7 months or so? and 3-4 for the rhytms? he made some mistakes with the rhythm and didnt play lead parts fluentyle so whats really special about it?


I'll use this as an opportunity to say "fast shredding" as I understand it is boring and lifeless.

TC that's some great playing, particularly nice work on the bends; you're fairly accurate. Good job.
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shreding does not make u good and neither does speed

woah hold on there, "shredding" certainly isnt the only way to go,but to play accurately with speed thats 90% of being,good. When it gets right down to it,to be a seasoned guitarist that can turn their hand to most things you need to be able to play at least a decent pace.

sorry to go off topic, decent sound dude. Good progress id say.
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Quote by blind.quardian
What is so special about it? only rhythms isnt it? no fast shredding or whatever...isnt it something you can do when youre playing for at least 7 months or so? and 3-4 for the rhytms? he made some mistakes with the rhythm and didnt play lead parts fluentyle so whats really special about it?


Man ura dick ehs just asking how good hes doing...and ur doing good...nice job...
#16
That was pretty good man, the intro sounded a bit harsh tho
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#17
nobody posted UG FTW on the vid...tsk tsk


EDIT: that was good playin btw
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#18
Better than myself at that stage of playing. Great job, plenty of room for improvement. You could tighten things up a little - economy of motion is something that I am working on right now, too.
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#21
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I don't focus on fast shredding. It's not my style and I've always had a distaste for it. Call me old fashioned but I would take playing based on feeling rather than playing based on technique any day of the week.


Totally agree with you dude! BTW You sounded damn good
#22
yeah, it might not be the most difficult song but you sound like you have being playing much longer with the feeling you have. Is that you doing the solo as well?
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woah hold on there, "shredding" certainly isnt the only way to go,but to play accurately with speed thats 90% of being,good. When it gets right down to it,to be a seasoned guitarist that can turn their hand to most things you need to be able to play at least a decent pace.

sorry to go off topic, decent sound dude. Good progress id say.
never attempted any hendrix stuff,maybe out of respect

did see a good hendrix cover the other day, that stratocaster tribute thing,all along the watch tower they did ,was **** hot


yeah i know, just alot of ppl on UG think shredding is hte only to be good
#25
definately not buddy but you still have to be able to play with a bit of pace when the song needs it
#27
Thanks a lot everyone, because of all this positive reception, I've decided to upload two more videos that can hopefuly give you a little more insight into my playing and help you tell me how to improve it.

The first one is an improvised jam over Since I've Been Loving You and the other is Deep Purple's Highway Star. Again, sorry for the awful video quality.

Since I've Been Loving You
Highway Star
#29
that's impressive that you've been only playing for less than 2 years.

you seem like a troll honestly
It's all about feel
#30
Whatever you're doing with your practising, just carry on with it. Nicely done.
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#31
Quote by Archieisted
shreding does not make u good and neither does speed


+1000000000000000


your since i've been loving you improv is pretty damn good. you must've been putting in a lot of work, i've been playing for a year and you already sound twice as good as me. good job
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you seem like a troll honestly


Lol. Im not sure if I should I take that as a compliment or a threat :p
#33
Quote by swgb24
Lol. Im not sure if I should I take that as a compliment or a threat :p


i take it back after hearing your version of "since i been loving you"

but the hendrix one is unbelievable. get a camera with a decent frame rate plz

idk where you get threat from though

threat - a declaration of an intention or determination to inflict punishment, injury, etc., in retaliation for, or conditionally upon, some action or course;
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#34
Quote by hopespaul
i take it back after hearing your version of "since i been loving you"

but the hendrix one is unbelievable. get a camera with a decent frame rate plz

idk where you get threat from though

threat - a declaration of an intention or determination to inflict punishment, injury, etc., in retaliation for, or conditionally upon, some action or course;


Lol the Hendrix one was recorded on a particularly good day. And yea I guess it wasn't a threat, i was just confused lol.
#35
honestly just reading these replies to your video has gave me an urge to practice, and has also intrigued me to check out your video

EDIT: Damn thats good! Keep up the good work man, nice strat too
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#36
liking the led zep,it is good. tbh though its not far from where you should be after a year. Think some people dont practice correctly,inhibits their process. But ur doing well bud
#37
how do you go about practicing?
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how do you go about practicing?



I have an interesting way of practice. I dont learn techinques just to learn them. Usually I'll go about learning whatever songs interest me, and if I come across a technique that is necessary for that song, or that I think would add something to it, I'll learn it and then apply it to other songs until it just becomes part of my playing. I find that in this way I can learn a lot without being bored and can quickly apply it to actual music rather than just running scales an such.
#39
Quote by Archieisted
yeah i know, just alot of ppl on UG think shredding is hte only to be good


I disagree. Half the people on UG think that people who shred are wankers and that classic rock and blues are the only real music on earth. The other half are the shredders.


I have a lot of trouble believing that this vid was after a year of playing, unless you've taken lessons or some other forms of assisted learning. Either way, for a year, it's very good, I just have the feeling it's a little closer to 2 years.
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I disagree. Half the people on UG think that people who shred are wankers and that classic rock and blues are the only real music on earth. The other half are the shredders.


I have a lot of trouble believing that this vid was after a year of playing, unless you've taken lessons or some other forms of assisted learning. Either way, for a year, it's very good, I just have the feeling it's a little closer to 2 years.


I taught myself for about 8 months, then I took lessons for about 3 months, I stopped taking lessons just a short while back.