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#1
Thinking on guitar playing when I first started, I guess the best advice I received was dont put too much pressure on the fretboard, or just relax when you play.
#2
Try not to lift your fingers off the fretboard too much as you pick your scales. That was a helpful little tip when I first started out.
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#3
The best way to become a better player is to play with other musicians. Especially if they are better than you.
#4
Muting the strings.
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#6
When improvising, if you make a mistake, make it again deliberately. That way you look like you're doing some new trick, when actually you just messed up. It works wonders this tip, especially when you're playing in front of non-guitarists lol
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The best way to become a better player is to play with other musicians. Especially if they are better than you.



+1
and thats how I became a level 27 guitarist
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#9
dont try to over-play. avoid the 'ready set go' mentality of writing solos.
warm up slowly. dont take short cuts
all manner of good advice.
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#10
dont settle with being able to play 3 chords
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#11
when your playing clean and it sounds kinda harsh turn your guitar volume down- that really helped me when i was starting out...
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#12
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The best way to become a better player is to play with other musicians. Especially if they are better than you.

THIS

also, i learned from my best friend not to limit myself to what i know, but to explore the unknown, to create chords out of nothing, and not to hesitate, to take risks to make music as good as it can
#13
Practice.

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#14
Bend upwards, and wrap the thumb around the neck during the bends. Oh, and this is a quote, "We're all doing the same damned thing. We all just pluck wire for sound. It's what you pluck it with, and what you do while you pluck that wire that makes a great guitarist."
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#15
I agree with pretty much all this stuff...one of my buds when I first started playing to teach me about vibrato said act like your flinging poop off your hand hahahaha....

But my advice is be yourself....there's enough copycats out there...
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The best way to become a better player is to play with other musicians. Especially if they are better than you.

Yes. Definately this.

Now I just need to find some other musicians
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The best way to become a better player is to play with other musicians. Especially if they are better than you.


This, as well as these;

"Play every note like you mean it, like that's going to be your very last, pour your heart and soul out."

"Don't just copy other players. Take things from them, but become yourself, find your own style and tone and rig and everything, that's how you go from a kid in a basement to a musician."
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#19
paul gilbert stared me dead in the face and said this:
"Never Play With Backing Tracks"

i have heeded that advice ever since.
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#20
don't follow trends, play whats in your heart

have guitarists you look up to, but develop your own style/touch

always play with better musicians

play for the song, not yourself

when writing, relax have a few beers, don't force the process, let it come out naturally
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#21
I've gotten a lot of good advice from my guitar teacher (I suppose that's what he gets paid to do), but recently, the best advice I've gotten from him was to "go on youtube, explore, and find stuff you want to learn - the harder it sounds, the better".
I used to take piano lessons, and i think what threw me off was playing because i had to, not because i wanted to. With guitar, I can go in any direction I feel like, and my teacher keeps telling me to try different things.
#23
Learn theory. If you think you can survive as a guitarist these days with no theory knowledge at all then you'll probably never get anywhere further than your bedroom.

Also,
Play with others
Don't copy other sounds, make your own
If you don't enjoy it don't play
Play a wide range of styles
Treat your guitar like your firstborn

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#24
Quote by Zep_shizzle
paul gilbert stared me dead in the face and said this:
"Never Play With Backing Tracks"

i have heeded that advice ever since.


Don't get me wrong, Paul's one of my absolute favourite shredders.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ES1RypBww_g

But it's looking like a backing track here to me.
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#27
"It don't mean a thing if you ain' got that beat"--John Lee Hooker
Duke Ellington said the same thing first, but he played piano
"It don't mean a thing, if you ain't got that swing"

I think that should be any musicians first priority, if you can't flow with your playing and it's all out of context, it's just a bunch of wank. That is why i think a lot of shredders suck at playing music.
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#28
The BIG advice from all great players in every interview of every guitar-mag:
"You don't need many notes, let every note develop and give it heart and soul."

Sounds common, but works.
#29
"Dance is a hidden language of the mind, body and soul."-Martha Graham. I supplement it and say, "Music is a hidden language of the mind, body, and soul."
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#30
Every note you play is just as precious. Don't waste them.
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#33
Practice until you can do what your trying to achieve.
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#35
I never got any good advices.
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#36
"You need to get writing some songs"
Which I haven't taken well enough, but I have taken to writing some complex riffs, and improvising lyrics over other songs that I play.

"Learn Jazz"
Which again, I haven't taken to well, cos Jazz is a bitch to play, but I've tried with a bit of Jazz and it has added to my style a bit, chromatic notes and slides, odd time signatures etc, I just love Jazz.

"Practice every position of the major and minor scales everyday"

Amazing advice, when you know your scales, every note of the scales, you can have as much freedom on the neck as you want.
#37
Quote by Zep_shizzle
paul gilbert stared me dead in the face and said this:
"Never Play With Backing Tracks"

i have heeded that advice ever since.



Why not???
#38
do it because you love it. never expect money.
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#39
play with other musicians (especially if they are better then you) as much as you possibly can, and play infront of people as much as you possibly can.

1st thing will help you develope into a better musician by learning to play in a live environment and working together to make music
2nd will help you get comfortable playing for others so you dont get self concious about your playing and focus on it to much (which could hinder how well you play)

Also play and listen to many different styles of music and learn from them and incorperate that into your own playing.


lastly this one is directly from my guitar teacher "When playing for your own enjoyment, forget about everything I'm teaching you, dont think about it and start to get stressed out because things dont sound right. Thats what practicing is for. All that stuff will sink in eventually and make its way into your playing. Play because you want to play, play what sounds good to you and makes you feel good playing, save the practice for later."

^best advice ever because I was trying to hard to bring in what I had just been learning into my own playing and it was seriously bugging me that I couldnt do it. So I took his advice and when I pick up that guitar just to jam for my own pleasure, I always make sure to just go with the flow and not give it too much thought.

and as a side note... yes things have finally started to sink into my playing and my jam sessions are becoming even more fun then they already were.
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#40
'You wanna be famous playing guitar, you gotta be a good songwriter'.

Some guy that I jammed with in a pub. But I totally agree with him here. You don't have to be the best guitar player ever to be famous at doing it.
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