#1
Now, that's not to say that I'm good at fingerstyle, I'm even worse at that. But most of my problems aren't coming from my left hand, since it was already pretty strong from Guitar Hero. (I know, GH isn't like a real guitar, blah blah, but it made my fingers pretty strong.) Instead I have trouble picking the right strings...I always end up picking the one adjacent to it instead.

I've been practicing scales, and some easy songs that require multi-string picking, but are there any good exercises I should practice or tips that you experienced UG'ers can share? thanks in advance.
#2
ummm. scales are good. and just playing will get you better at it.
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#3
learning sweep picking gave me a good feel for where the strings are, can you do that?
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Hour - ****ing - Glass lol
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that will do it too lol
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#6
Pick control isn't easy. Its ok, just take your time and let your muscle get used to it. It won't be long till you feel better about it.
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#9
dude, you dont learn guitar in a day like guitar hero, it takes practice, so stop complaining, stop typing, and go play your guitar, youll get better in time
#10
I've been playing about 3.5 months...I haven't tried sweep picking yet, I'll look into it though.

So this is a common problem for noob guitarists? And, ah, what exactly is Hourglass?
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learning sweep picking gave me a good feel for where the strings are, can you do that?


Are you serious? I didn't learn how to sweep until I'd been playing for a year and a half, and it took me 2 months to get it semi- good. That won't help him with pick control. Sweep picking is frustrating even if you do have good control over your pick.

To TS: Try keeping your pink on the bridge, then actually watch your hand while you play. It helped me a lot.

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dude, you dont learn guitar in a day like guitar hero, it takes practice, so stop complaining, stop typing, and go play your guitar, youll get better in time


Amen
#13
hourglass is a badass lamb of god song. and it takes a long time to get comfortable with picking.
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dude, you dont learn guitar in a day like guitar hero, it takes practice, so stop complaining, stop typing, and go play your guitar, youll get better in time


I know, and I don't expect to. I came here looking for help, not accusations of being a GH noob that thinks that I can totally pwn Hangar 18 because I got 80% on medium. I realize that people spend their entire lifetime learning new things about the guitar, and that I won't pick it up within the 3.5 months I've been playing.

And where exactly did I complain?
#15
Try playing arpeggios up the strings slowly, picking each one (make sure you alternate pick [switch direction of pick with each hit]) try it on a C Arpeggio that you I will post here:
Note, this goes low to high then high to low; the string is named, and the fret you are supposed to hit will be in brackets, it will be in ascending, descending order:

A (10) A (15) D (14) G (12) B (13) E (12) E (15) *E (20)* E (15) E (12) B (13) G (12) D (14) A (15) A (10)

*Optionals are marked in between asterisks eg. *E (20)*

That's it, try it slowly first, then continue with different patterns, it will improve your finger work as well!
Also make sure you practice with a metronome! I'm sure you'll figure it out
Also remember, this is a sweep, so in the long run, try and make it legato picking, and strum it like a chord.
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Are you serious? I didn't learn how to sweep until I'd been playing for a year and a half, and it took me 2 months to get it semi- good. That won't help him with pick control. Sweep picking is frustrating even if you do have good control over your pick.

To TS: Try keeping your pink on the bridge, then actually watch your hand while you play. It helped me a lot.


OK then, I won't look into it. I'll try the pinky-on-the-bridge thing.

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Try playing arpeggios up the strings slowly, picking each one (make sure you alternate pick [switch direction of pick with each hit]) try it on a C Arpeggio that you I will post here:
Note, this goes low to high then high to low; the string is named, and the fret you are supposed to hit will be in brackets, it will be in ascending, descending order:

A (10) A (15) D (14) G (12) B (13) E (12) E (15) *E (20)* E (15) E (12) B (13) G (12) D (14) A (15) A (10)

*Optionals are marked in between asterisks eg. *E (20)*

That's it, try it slowly first, then continue with different patterns, it will improve your finger work as well!
Also make sure you practice with a metronome! I'm sure you'll figure it out


OK, thanks. Is there anywhere that I could find that as a tab? You don't have to tab it out personally, but if you knew where to find it that would be great.
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OK then, I won't look into it. I'll try the pinky-on-the-bridge thing.

Its not necessary to anchor your pinky to the bridge. Just do simple exercises, like chromatics and scales until you start getting better at it.
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#22
If you keep playing you'll eventually remember where the strings are like 2nd nature. It'll be easy after you've practiced a while
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I know, and I don't expect to. I came here looking for help, not accusations of being a GH noob that thinks that I can totally pwn Hangar 18 because I got 80% on medium. I realize that people spend their entire lifetime learning new things about the guitar, and that I won't pick it up within the 3.5 months I've been playing.

And where exactly did I complain?


chill out dude, i was just trying to motivate you, just go ****ing jam
#24
That's no way to motivate someone, well not a beginner anyway.
Keep trying exercises, try all of them, try each one you see, when one works for you, you'll know
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That's no way to motivate someone, well not a beginner anyway.
Keep trying exercises, try all of them, try each one you see, when one works for you, you'll know


o **** you, i told him to go play guitar and stop talking to us
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Haha well I was just going by his comment that you quoted, if that is just the case, that's fine


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#28
Haha, also dude you should try playing some jazz chord progs and decorate them, that's how I started.
#29
Ok, I sent you the email. And I'll try the spider exercise in a few minutes, when my fingers stop being all wrinkly from the shower.