#1
Ok. I recorded myself playing the guitar, and when I listened to it a little while later, I came to the conclusion that it was all very sloppy.

What I mean by sloppy is that my timing is poor, and I hit wrong strings and frets. Especially that my timing is very poor when playing scales, arpeggios, and strumming chords. I don't play them very smoothly either.

I do plan on starting to use my metronome, but sometimes that doesn't help when I don't know what time the song i'm trying to play is in.

What are some things I can do to make my playing less sloppy?
I'm looking for some specific practice techniques.
#2
practice with a metronome. slow things down. and then slowly speed things up while using a metronome.
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#3
Simple thing to do is play along with the songs you are learning. Don't just learn them, play right along with the album, note for note, even the solos.
#4
Quote by andersoncouncil

I do plan on starting to use my metronome, but sometimes that doesn't help when I don't know what time the song i'm trying to play is in.


Answered your own question. It doesn't sound like you have a great sense of rhythm in the first place.
#6
Using a metronome is essential to improving technique/rhythm. Make out a set list of exercises to do, and set the metronome very slow, possibly in the seventies. The idea is that playing each note perfectly builds a sense of rhythm, as well as the technique in which the exercise makes up.