#1
Hi all,

I've been playing guitar for about 4 years, and been a member here since mid 2005, I beleive. For the last 6 months I have barely played guitar, as I have had other committments and haven't had the time. Not to mention my "good" guitar teacher had to stop our lessons are he had family committments which was fair enough. I will be in contact with him tomorrow to see if we can start up again. I will also ring my other teacher, who is bass oriented as he is great to have a play with here and there, and he can always show me a thing or too.

I've started putting in the time again, and I'm still above average with the axe. I can still sweep pick a bit, and play a few things. It's going to take time to get my dexterity back up to speed and for my good accuracy to get back up to scratch, but apart from just being a bit sloppy as one would expect, I still have it.

What I need help with is some songs to get me back into it. At the moment I can't really put **** all together. I was wondering if anyone has any advice or simple yet fun song suggestions. I'm into the van halen type riffs and metal as a genre. However I do love blues and alot of other stuff.

I guess I'm just seeking some motivation and some talk and tips to get me back into it.

Thank you everyone, I hope this is in the right forum, haven't really been on here for some time.

Cheers!
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#2
Go with some of the classics.

Metallica's Master of Puppets is a pretty good one to warm up with (I find at least). It'll help bring back your speed and stamina (assuming you downpick the verse).

Lamb of God's Laid to Rest will certainly puch you, and Hourglass has the "vomit riff" to keep you entertained!

Edit: And welcome back to the land where 6 strings are God and distortion is the Bible!
#3
Joe Satch, Steve Vai or Stevie Ray?

For metal try LOG like the above guy said or a Manowar solo? Like The Gods Made Heavy Metal or whatever it's called.

EDIT: Which bit of Hourglass is supposed to be this "Vomit Riff"?
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#4
I have been playing for about 4 years also...and for the first 3 and a half all i did was learn songs TG magazine and tabs online..along with a few guitar lessons, and i copied satriani's technique in videos i saw so i can grasp good vibrato, legato and bending etc....but holy jesus i brought john pretrucci's rock discipline and this made me realize how awful my right hand picking was.

So lately i have started from page 1 of the book and spent about 2 hours a night stricly practicing his regime and after a week of doing learning the first 3 pages of stretching and alternate picking excersises i have excelled so much.....other than that i just songs along the way but like progressive weight training i have become obsessed with practicing and getting faster etc.

If its your kinda thing, go for it. Its not everyones cup of tea though .
#5
I would say avenged sevenfolds beast and the harlot and bat country, purely for the solos.
To get speed and dexterity back up try doing the chromatic scale a few times, and maybe harmonic minor scale.
Also try playing slanderous by machine head, its a good fun (challenging for me) metal tune.
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#6
Hey there,
well i dunno what musical background you've had, but i'll just share my experience of getting back into playing - i gave up playin guitar for about 8 years when i was 19 for various reasons (having been into playin alot of blues , rock, metal etc). What got me back into it was going to bars and getting up and jamming with people, and thats when i realised i hadnt completely lost it i started having fun with playing again , just thru jamming old blues and rock tunes , getting used to playing with people again and enjoying the music. That gave me the motivation to start practicing and getting my chops up to speed again. Now im as infatuated with the guitar as i was when I was 14 and im loving it!
good luck man!
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Joe Satch, Steve Vai or Stevie Ray?

For metal try LOG like the above guy said or a Manowar solo? Like The Gods Made Heavy Metal or whatever it's called.

EDIT: Which bit of Hourglass is supposed to be this "Vomit Riff"?


Type it in to YouTube.

It's the stupidly fast riff that starts about 2/3 of the way in to the song and comes up a few times between there and the end.
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Type it in to YouTube.

It's the stupidly fast riff that starts about 2/3 of the way in to the song and comes up a few times between there and the end.



Oh that bit. Ok cheers.
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#9
wes montgomery's four on six.
when i tried jazz it really surprised me.
#10
cheers guys.

Yeah my background would be learning bits and pieces of songs, and doing alot of improvisation. I've learnt alot of jazz from one of my guitar teachers, which brought with it some pretty crazy chord shapes. I was rather theory mad, learning as much as I could. I am still pretty good with the fret board in the way of which I can still play many scales and the major modes in about 4 different shapes each. (I spent a good few months last year just figuring out the scales in different positions, well more or less looking at what notes I was using and extending the scales up and down until I put some boundaries on them, then checked with my teacher and the net and found I had most of my shapes correct, even though there isnt really anything wrong with what I was doing etc.)

Before I stopped I liked opeth purely for what their old guitarist did with the guitar. I liked the melodies he created and some of the riffs and tunes they had. Not a fan of the lyrics, well the screaming stuff.

I used to be able to play satch boogie up until the tapping part, never really saw much value in learning the tapping part as that sort of tapping never really interested me.

I guess I want to get my idea of getting into a weekend band back on track. Its just the hars task or actually nailing the solo's, instead of getting bored of them once I cracked the first half of the solos and realising they weren't so good, once I had put a good few hours into nailing half of them. That was probably my main problem, getting bored with things to quickly.

I'd pick a song which I thought sounded great, only to realise they aren't as good as I thought they were once I learnt half of them.

I dont know really, I'm in a mixed world at the moment I guess. - I really want fun stuff to play. Thus probably why I used to figure out crap all over the fretboard and **** around with the modes and progressions.

Cheers guys, hope to hear more suggestions or stories.
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#11
whenever i watch bands that i love live it always inspires me to play guitar and to REALLY practice. Watching Yngwie Malmsteen and Iron Maiden are good ones for me
#12
If you like old bluesy stuff you should try the riff near the beggining of Guns n Roses 'Mr.Brownstone' that has alot of good features in and wil help with desterity. Plus its fun to play.