#1
I practice like 4 hours a days, but I find myself spending a really long time working on getting one solo up to speed or something like that. I'm a beginner and my teacher says I'm progressing fast. The thing is that I don't want to just kinda sorta learn solos, I want to be able to say 'why yes, I CAN play that' Am I going about it the right way?
#2
yeah.
when you learn something, never just settle for "okay". settle for being able to play it good.
youre going about it correctly.
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yeah.
when you learn something, never just settle for "okay". settle for being able to play it good.
youre going about it correctly.

thank you! that's what I thought, but being a newbie and all, I feel the need to ask these things.
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Quote by emily92
I practice like 4 hours a days, but I find myself spending a really long time working on getting one solo up to speed or something like that. I'm a beginner and my teacher says I'm progressing fast. The thing is that I don't want to just kinda sorta learn solos, I want to be able to say 'why yes, I CAN play that' Am I going about it the right way?

Sounds like technically you're progressing normally, but if you want to learn a bit more about the whys and wherefores of music then read the Crusade articles by Josh Urban, in the Columns section.
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#5
Back when I was starting to play a few years ago there were only written tabs. Now they have Guitar Pro which is great! It's an excellent tool to practice to. Download it and have just the part of the song you want to learn (the solo) loop as you play along. If you mess up don't stop. Just keep playing it. Eventually it will become second nature.

A lot of people want to learn to play a solo but if they mess up they start from way too far back in the song. This cuts down the practice time you get for the part you're having problems with. If you've got a part of the solo down perfectly take that part out of the loop. Practice the parts you need to perfect.

Another tool that helps with guitar pro is your ability to set a different tempo for the song. Practice with a slower tempo and then raise it by 5 bpm every time you feel comfortable with a certain speed. Remember that if you want it to sound good you want it to be clean.
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Quote by Javie18
Back when I was starting to play a few years ago there were only written tabs. Now they have Guitar Pro which is great! It's an excellent tool to practice to. Download it and have just the part of the song you want to learn (the solo) loop as you play along. If you mess up don't stop. Just keep playing it. Eventually it will become second nature.

A lot of people want to learn to play a solo but if they mess up they start from way too far back in the song. This cuts down the practice time you get for the part you're having problems with. If you've got a part of the solo down perfectly take that part out of the loop. Practice the parts you need to perfect.

Another tool that helps with guitar pro is your ability to set a different tempo for the song. Practice with a slower tempo and then raise it by 5 bpm every time you feel comfortable with a certain speed. Remember that if you want it to sound good you want it to be clean.

can you also program gp to play certain chords so you can solo over them? just curious
#7
Quote by emily92
can you also program gp to play certain chords so you can solo over them? just curious

yep. you can set GP to have multiple tracks. that's why its so good for tabbing out a song with more than one guitarist!
#8
concentrate on bending one note up a full step (two frets) and getting it to sound professionally good (vibrato, sustain, finger tone). End this note in a professional way as well (slide down the neck, for example). Work on that and only that for a long time. Then, other things will start to lay themselves down before you...
#9
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concentrate on bending one note up a full step (two frets) and getting it to sound professionally good (vibrato, sustain, finger tone). End this note in a professional way as well (slide down the neck, for example). Work on that and only that for a long time. Then, other things will start to lay themselves down before you...


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#10
Just keep practicing dude. If you notice any flaws in your playing, just do your best to fix them, no matter how long it may take. It sounds like your progressing pretty fast, faster then I did, which is great. I suggest practicing with a metronome alot, because it seams like you're a bit concerned about your accuaracy while playing fast.

Theres is one thing I disagree with that Javie18 has said. You stated that if he's working on a solo, and he gets one part perfect then he should skip it and work on the other parts seperate. I disagree with this because I've notice with alot of people, including myself, that going from one possition to another can be difficult for some solo's. If you practice the whole solo over and over playing it note for note, you'll eventually get use to the figure possitions and it should come more naturally.