#1
Right now I've been doing Steve Vai's 10 hour guitar workout. Is that any good for practice? Any other suggestions?
what is the music theory and what does it teach you, like scales, solos, and to build speed???



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#2
Start learning the technical parts and bits of songs. Expand and learn the entire song. Best way to learn some technique without boring your brains out with scales. Good luck, we need more shredders.

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#4
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#5
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10 hour workout??? I didn't know you could jerk it that long


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#6
Quote by Viruk
Right now I've been doing Steve Vai's 10 hour guitar workout. Is that any good for practice? Any other suggestions?


Pick any song you can't play, find specifically what gives you the trouble, and woodshed away at that. Write your own exercises, practice solos you like (little sections work best), etc...

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if ur practicing 10 hours straight every day... u dont got a life


Looks like you could benefit from 10 hours of grammar a day. Or 3 minutes; either way it'd be an improvement.
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#7
Thanks for the help everybody.

And to clarify, I don't play it 10 hours straight. It's just what the practice is called. http://ultimate-guitar.com/tabs/s/steve_vai/steve_vais_10_hour_guitar_workout_power_tab.htm

As for just picking parts of songs, I really have no idea how to get to the level to play it. For example, the legato parts in some of Steve Vai's songs. Even if I do it wayyyyy slower than he does it still isn't even loud enough.
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#8
^^ You're doing it wrong. It's *fap* *fap* *fap*.
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#10
16th notes at 140? Isn't that 16 notes per beat which would be over 32 nps?
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#12
My brain must be screwed right now. Isn't 16th notes 16 notes per beat?
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#13
4 groups of groupings in 4's. If we're going by 4/4
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#14
^^ No.
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#18
Like this:



Different time signatures get different notes per beat.
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#19
Quote by Viruk
So how many is it then?


Quarter note = 1 note per beat
8th note = 2 notes per beat
Triplet = 3 notes per beat
16th note = 4 notes per beat
16th note triplet = 6 notes per beat
32nd note = 8 notes per beat
64th note = 16 notes per beat

Those divisions just come from how many times a whole note (4 beats per note) can be divided in one 4/4 measure.
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#20
How many notes per beat (in 4/4) are sextuplets and septuplets?
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#21
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How many notes per beat (in 4/4) are sextuplets and septuplets?


6 notes per beat and 7 notes per beat
#22
I've been working on my shred chops lately too. When I first pick up the guitar I always do 10 minutes of spider crawls (1-2-3-4... down and up all the strings, all the frets). Once you gain enough hand control to that comfortably anywhere on the fretboard, start brancing out into other chromatic patterns. Try to do it for a few minutes straight while keeping the same tempo.
#23
^While this may work well for you I strongly wouldnt advise chromatic excersises. They tend to get really boring really fast as well as not hugely improving technique.

Besides that,what Beckerism and Snow said is the best thing to do. You should also look into getting yourself a metronome(any) and practice stuff really slowly,comfortably,without any tension and perfectly. When you get good at the slow tempo,increase it slightly and repeat. This should be done until the excersise or song excerpt is up to speed. Remember Tension of any kind while playing=very bad.

Good luck
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