#1
What are some things that you would like to improve yourself in musically? It can be any aspect of music.

Me...

Guitar:
-Get better on melodic improvisation and following the chord changes more accurately.
-Get started on harmonic/chordal improvisation
-Need to learn how to play solo (unaccompanied) guitar well.
-Get better at jazz, overall.

Violin:
-Develop better intonation in the altissimo register.
-Improve speed.
-Play chords more accurately.
-Get more in touch with the romantic era detache style of playing.
-Memorize more unaccompanied Bach works and other concertos.

Composing:
-Improve notation handwriting and rely less on digital mediums.
-Learn to read clefs and transpositions aside from the trebel clef in concert C.

In general:
-Get more proficient at sight reading.
-Get better at dictation.
-Improve response time to everything.
-Learn more about the technical aspects of other instruments.

...modes and scales are still useless.


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#3
Write better songs

Acoustic: Learn how to ****ing play

Bass: Work on it more, add effects, speed

Vocals : Learn
#5
Guitar:
-Improve overall technique so it isn't a boundary when learning or writing songs
-Learn to play FAST
-Learn to improvise, at least pentatonic stuff
-Ultimately learn to play stuff that I imagine in my head on guitar. I can think of loads of melodies, but I can't play them...

Songwriting:
-Start writing complete songs, rather than just occasional riffs
-Bring ideas together to write lyrics. I have plenty of ideas, but I've never tried to write a song.

In general:
-Get new amp
-Get band together
-Play a gig at school
#6
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you can play chords on violin???

Yes.

Especially Bach, who utilizes a great deal of chord playing in his violin works in order to suit the polyphonic nature of his style.

...modes and scales are still useless.


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Yes.

Especially Bach, who utilizes a great deal of chord playing in his violin works in order to suit the polyphonic nature of his style.


i could only get my bow to play double stops--- gave violin up like 3 years ago anyway
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What are some things that you would like to improve yourself in musically? It can be any aspect of music.

Me...

Guitar:
-Get better on melodic improvisation and following the chord changes more accurately.
-Get started on harmonic/chordal improvisation
-Need to learn how to play solo (unaccompanied) guitar well.
-Get better at jazz, overall.

Violin:
-Develop better intonation in the altissimo register.
-Improve speed.
-Play chords more accurately.
-Get more in touch with the romantic era detache style of playing.
-Memorize more unaccompanied Bach works and other concertos.

Composing:
-Improve notation handwriting and rely less on digital mediums.
-Learn to read clefs and transpositions aside from the trebel clef in concert C.

In general:
-Get more proficient at sight reading.
-Get better at dictation.
-Improve response time to everything.
-Learn more about the technical aspects of other instruments.

how long have you been playing? just curious, cause you seem to know a lot. I just started taking suzuki violin lessons in the end of may. my teachers gonna give me book four as soon as I memorize book two. and I've been taking guitar lessons since october....I think I need to improve on everything
#10
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i could only get my bow to play double stops--- gave violin up like 3 years ago anyway

Ah.

Well, there are common open chords on violin too.

For example, the G major/minor with open G and D, then B/Bb on A string and G on E string. These are pretty easy.

But Bach's use of chords very advanced. He often uses it for chord soloing, similar to that of jazz, in which chords are played along with the melody in a sort of voice leading. His chords also have many directions. In general, a chord is executed by playing from the bottom to the top string. However, his sometimes require landing on a middle note or even executing the opposite way to land on the bass note for melodic lead purposes. Bach is a genius.

...modes and scales are still useless.


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In General:
Stop caring what other people need to improve on
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how long have you been playing? just curious, cause you seem to know a lot. I just started taking suzuki violin lessons in the end of may. my teachers gonna give me book four as soon as I memorize book two.

Cool!

I learned with Suzuki as well. It was my primary study up until about boot 6 or 7 I think. Then it just kinda got pointless. Suzuki, however, mainly works by teaching you actual pieces. You need rudimentary practice as well, such as the books of Wolfhart, Kayser, and Kreutzer. Later on, you may wanna take a look at Bach's Sonatas and Partitas for solo Violin. If you stick to violin, this is the single masterpiece that you should stick with all your life.

And I've been playing for about 8-9 years on violin. I could have been a lot better if I didn't slack off so much in my earlier years.

...modes and scales are still useless.


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Violin:
-Develop better upbow and downbow staccato
-Clean up technique; I can be quite tense at times
-Generally improve
-Learn more repertoire

Guitar:
-Improve my sweeping
-Learn more songs
-Improve my speed

Generally:
-Improve aural skills: dictation, especially
-Get more experienced at songwriting/composing
#15
Guitar:
Improvisation - not sticking to a single mode for any solo
Speed
Economy Picking

Mandolin:
Keeping notes even
Get better knowledge of scales outside C, D, G etc
improve tremolo

Piano:
get more confident

Composing:
Experiment more, stop sticking with formulas
Write more interesting melodies

Other than that, I'm pretty satisfied about where I am with music
#17
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Cool!

I learned with Suzuki as well. It was my primary study up until about boot 6 or 7 I think. Then it just kinda got pointless. Suzuki, however, mainly works by teaching you actual pieces. You need rudimentary practice as well, such as the books of Wolfhart, Kayser, and Kreutzer. Later on, you may wanna take a look at Bach's Sonatas and Partitas for solo Violin. If you stick to violin, this is the single masterpiece that you should stick with all your life.

And I've been playing for about 8-9 years on violin. I could have been a lot better if I didn't slack off so much in my earlier years.

yeah, I've been playing for about 6 years, but without private lessons eh not so good. I hope to become a musician too, like you said in your profile, but I'll need to work really hard. Since around November of this year I've really started to apply myself, and my teachers say I'm progressing fast...hopefully my hard work and determination will see me through You on the other hand, seem to really know you stuff
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Get better knowledge of scales outside C, D, G etc
Maybe this has something to do with mandolins alone, but can't you just apply the same scalar pattern to every key?


Composing:
Experiment more, stop sticking with formulas

Sticking to formulas is not always a bad thing. In fact, you can use it to your advantage, and not in a boring way.

...modes and scales are still useless.


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#20
Work on composition and improvision.
Learn to transition faster.
Pinch harmonics lol
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#21
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yeah, I've been playing for about 6 years, but without private lessons eh not so good. I hope to become a musician too, like you said in your profile, but I'll need to work really hard. Since around November of this year I've really started to apply myself, and my teachers say I'm progressing fast...hopefully my hard work and determination will see me through You on the other hand, seem to really know you stuff

I wish you the best.

And no...I lack a loooot of things. But I guess that's always gonna be the case.

...modes and scales are still useless.


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#22
I need to work on, technique wise:
Speed
Pinch harmonics
sweep picking
tapping

Musically:
Improvisation, I just know the basics of the pentatonic scale.
Writing whole songs, and solos. I have no idea how many guitarists can go from say playing in E minor, then going down to A, or B minor. it confuses the **** out of me.
#23
just be able to write songs, like lyrics, I'm tgrying to write one now, I have the topic, but I can't get lyrics...
#24
Guitar:
Work on sweeping
Speed
accuracy
Learn more songs and solos in different types of genres.
Get better at soloing over chord/key changes

Singing:
Practice singing
And growling is kind of fun

Piano:
Learn something

Songwriting:
Learn to write a vocal melody and lyrics
#25
Quote by Xiaoxi
Maybe this has something to do with mandolins alone, but can't you just apply the same scalar pattern to every key?


Sticking to formulas is not always a bad thing. In fact, you can use it to your advantage, and not in a boring way.

1) it's not exactly something to do with mandolins, just that most irish and english trad music (ie what i play) is in G or D major and their relative dorian modes, thus i have a great knowledge of those keys and rely on open strings too much.

2) Well I have formulas in terms of structure that I like, as they're personal to me, but sometimes i just use a similar sounding chord progression for everything I write (kind of like Iron Maiden, but not as obvious), and I have to conciously try to not stick to them to spice things up a little bit. Also, when I'm writing a riff that sounds a bit generic, I have this thought that pops into my head: "Ooh! Ooh! Use a tritone, that's ODD!", which just makes it sound all the more generic... It's just a bad habit that has come from playing samey metal for the first 3 years of playing.
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1) it's not exactly something to do with mandolins, just that most irish and english trad music (ie what i play) is in G or D major and their relative dorian modes, thus i have a great knowledge of those keys and rely on open strings too much.

2) Well I have formulas in terms of structure that I like, as they're personal to me, but sometimes i just use a similar sounding chord progression for everything I write (kind of like Iron Maiden, but not as obvious), and I have to conciously try to not stick to them to spice things up a little bit. Also, when I'm writing a riff that sounds a bit generic, I have this thought that pops into my head: "Ooh! Ooh! Use a tritone, that's ODD!", which just makes it sound all the more generic... It's just a bad habit that has come from playing samey metal for the first 3 years of playing.

Ah I see.

...modes and scales are still useless.


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#27
Guitar
-learn to improvise correctily
-improve my sweeping, get it nice, tight, and clean.
-Learn some damn music theory
-Improve my legato
-Improve my alternate picking speed, it's not up to my standards yet....-_-

Violin
-Begin learning Violin

Bass
-Learn some songs on the bass.

My things:
Bowes SLx7
Washburn WG587
Washburn X40Pro
Washburn X50
Washburn HM24
Washburn WR150
Laguna LE200s
Arietta Acoustic
First Act
Valveking 112
VHT Deliverance