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#41
the best advice ive received is from this guitar book i bought. it said you should feel totally relaxed while playing and if anything feels stressed then you are probably doing it wrong
#42
1. Don't Concentrate on playing fast. Concentrate on playing it right, cleanly. Speed will come with practice.


2. If you feel any bit tense in the arm while playing, you are playing too fast for what you can handle. Slow Down and practice, practice, practice


3 Once you can play a song, learn to play it 20bpm faster, so when you play it at regular speed, it's easier.


4. The 80/20 Rule
* 80% of your practice time brings you only about 20% of your total progress.
* 20% of your practice time brings you only about 80% of your total progress.
- Pareto's Principle
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#43
^Yay, a Calgarian!

Anyways, this was my first day of guitar lessons:

Instructor: What can you play?

Me: Chords, and... that's just about it.

Instructor: Okay... Well, do you know the song Crazy Train by Ozzy?

Me: Yeah.

Instructor: *tabs down the song* Here's the song, now learn to play it. Start off slow and get the fingering down, and then we'll work it towards normal speed.

My guitar skills seriously improved since that night. So basically, challenge yourself. Go play something that you can't play, learn it slowly, then work it to normal speed.
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#44
Practice.

I've noticed that I get better faster when I challenge myself, rather than practicing easier songs. Also, I (at least feel like I) play better when I take a day off after practicing every day for awhile.
#46
I played stairway to heaven with my thumb and my index. I was taught to use my fingers.. best lesson at the time
#47
Learning theory. Also, that songs don't have to be played exactly- you can mess around and such- have fun with it.
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#48
Something so simple its often overlooked...make sure you are holding the pick right. I played my first 4 months holding it wrong, then took about a week to adjust to holding it the right way after I found out, and that was probably the single biggest thing that helped me.
#49
Playing guitar is not rocket science.

There are 12 notes so 8 are always in key, so it really doesnt matter what string or fret you are on there is a 70% probability that you are in key.

A wink is as good as a nod to a blind man.
#50
don't just practise for 3 hours for one day a week, spread it out over the whole week
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#52
keep your fingers near the fretboard and teacher told me to change my picking technique. improved my alternate picking and speed.
#53
Sweep with your arm, not your wrist.

Really helped me clean up my sweeps


Didn't improve my playing but

If a girl isn't impressed by a well-played metal song but is impressed by a few power-chords then she isn't the one for you

OR

If a girl isn't impressed by a well-played metal song but is impressed by a few power-chords then it's easy to get "there"

XD
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#54
Quote by JW123
Playing guitar is not rocket science.

There are 12 notes so 8 are always in key, so it really doesnt matter what string or fret you are on there is a 70% probability that you are in key.

A wink is as good as a nod to a blind man.


And the other 30% are just "blues notes" lol thats a good philosophy right there.
#55
Best advice I got was take lessons from a real pro teacher. Someone who has an educational background in music theory for guitar.

You've got to get someone pushing you to practice and exercise techniques and things you wouldn't ordinarily play in your free time.

The most benficial practice is usually the "ugly" stuff. Learning Basic chord, key, scale, and mode-family theory will dramatically improve your playing...... not necesarily your ability to read tab or anything.

If it's playing other people's stuff your after then hours and hours in the answer. To learn how to write and improvise and function harmonically with 2 guitarists then lessons is the way to go.
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#56
download/buy material of the pioneers of guitar, evh, hendrix and just listen to music and prac prac prac
#57
errrm for me, learning with someone who wants to learn as well? i started playing and inspired by my ex which helped lots as she taught me a lot of things...

now im learning with my latest gf whos also learning which helps. I enjoy hanging out with the person who im learning with and it means im in a good mood, relaxed and not to hasty...
#59
That was very interesting.

Lately I've been practising quite hard and feeling little progress. However, I've been pleasantly surprised how sometimes pieces of the puzzle fit together. As someone who's had no musical training that's been quite a confusing forest to traverse.
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#60
Practice in total darkness. 2 years of it made a tremendous difference for me.

Try to copy sax solos. (this one from an article quoting Ritchie Blackmore) Most sax solos are within the range of guitar and incredibly smooth, at least compared to an intermediate guitar player. Sax players are also usually more melodic.

Never be intimidated or afraid to play with someone better than you. You'll have to work at it and you'll learn something every time.

It's been said already, SLOW DOWN. Speed will come with practice and experience. Learn slow then speed up.

No distractions... No TV, no girlfriend, nobody talking on the phone, nobody trying to talk to you. You, your guitar and a quiet room. If people are constantly talking to you or otherwise distracting you, you just wasted an hour of practice time. Your friends, wife, girlfriend and family must try to understand, this is practice and you need to be able to concentrate and pay attention to what you're doing, not listen to them. You're also not there to play whatever they want to hear, you're practicing. Practice in a room by yourself or get them to leave you alone so you can focus.
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#61
Quote by Paleo Pete
No distractions... No TV, no girlfriend, nobody talking on the phone, nobody trying to talk to you. You, your guitar and a quiet room. If people are constantly talking to you or otherwise distracting you, you just wasted an hour of practice time. Your friends, wife, girlfriend and family must try to understand, this is practice and you need to be able to concentrate and pay attention to what you're doing, not listen to them. You're also not there to play whatever they want to hear, you're practicing. Practice in a room by yourself or get them to leave you alone so you can focus.

This is often overlooked, but it's excellent advice.
#62
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Four fingers, four frets.


That is word for word the best advice I got as well. It's all about efficiency.
#64
1.Like anything in life you will only get out of it what you are willing to put into it.

2.Always approach the guitar with the mind of a beginner. There is always going to be something you can learn to be a more complete musican.

3.Play with your ears not your eyes.

4.Learn the neck. Take the time to know where all the notes on the neck are. You will only be helping yourself and the others you will be playing with.

5. Worry about being the best player you can be and not about being better then someone else.
#65
Some theory I have is that it is entirely possible to learn any song you want, it all just depends on how much time and effort you're willing to put into learning it.
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#66
i often listen to other artists i love (john butler excellent!!!) and listen to how they play and rather than learning the song they play, i use it to inspire me to write my own music
#67
Really, seriously relax. Ever since I've actually put a little bit of thought into how much tension is in my arms, my playing has improved tenfold.
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#69
competition is good. when a friend of mine is better than me, i practice hard till i get better than him, then i keep practicing trying to get as good as someone like marty friedman, which works quite well cause it would take a long time to get as good as that, so i consider that competition
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#71
Quote by fadetowhite
competition is good. when a friend of mine is better than me, i practice hard till i get better than him, then i keep practicing trying to get as good as someone like marty friedman, which works quite well cause it would take a long time to get as good as that, so i consider that competition


how do you know when you're better than your friend? He wont admit when that time comes, lol
#73
1. Practice
2. Play along with songs (my own personal way of learning and good for improvising)
3. don't think when playing, just do it
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#75
Quote by XianXiuHong

If a girl isn't impressed by a well-played metal song but is impressed by a few power-chords then she isn't the one for you
XD


If a girl isn't impressed by a well-played metal song but is impressed by a few power-chords then she probably had a penis
#76
My uncle told me that its the picking dynamics and the way you hit notes (slide into them, vibrato, slight bends etc) makes the difference between men and boys in the guitar world. Its the greatest piece of advice i've ever recieved.
#77
Don't just play scales and chords and stuff, play songs that you like as well. It made me want to carry on playing guitar, and it stops you from getting bored.
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#78
Don`t get your hopes up........
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#79
Shredding is over rated.


As soon as someone told me that I saw the light. I mean obviously it's another style of playing but once someone told me that I realised I could be considered a good guitarist by being interesting. That's why I use odd chord shapes and worship Omar Rodriguez-Lopez
#80
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Don`t get your hopes up........


lol (almost) that's a good one.
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