so i created a piece of music using musescore, which can be saved as an xml file. guitar pro 6 can import xml files. tried it for the first time and am really confused.

the import worked, but the music is an octave lower than it should be and to top it off guitar pro didnt import anything above of below the bounds of the staff.

anyone know how to fix this? the midi import worked better but the sheet music looked like absolute shit.
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Oops sorry, I thought I was on the internet or something, my bad.

it doesn't matter where you are, it's still disrespectful.

anyway, i digress. i get annoyed when people can shred scales but can't keep a beat. i work at guitar center, and these kids come in that do nothing but practice scales and play lightning fast, but they can't keep time to save their lives.

also, crummy arpeggios.
i used the Master Theory books to teach me what i know so far. they are really great
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Be one of the go-to session guitarists in my city.

i dont think you would really need a dvd. i don't know of any myself. however, i found that when learning to sight read in different keys it was pretty easy to just start with a key, get accustomed to it, and then move on to another one.

i would first start by looking through the whole piece and really analyzing and figuring out what was going on. i would just take my time with it and practice, practice, practice.

besides, what's more visual than having a piece of music in your hands and doing some old fashioned analyzation?
i agree aim to get it faster than normal speed, but also try increasing the speed a little slower. When i have my students learning how to use a metronome i have them increase by like 4 bpm at a time. Sometimes at high tempos 10% increase is quite a lot..

I do this myself too when trying to learn something difficult. start slow, nail it down, get it a itte faster, then slower again, then normal speed will be spot on. just take your time ya know>
i just submitted a lesson about the major scale. i proofread it several times but i still missed something. i put too many W's in one of my formulas and i have an incorrect accidental in my F major scale..

That U! link isn't there, and the errors i made isn't terrible but it's bad enough that it might confuse people. is there a way to edit lessons?
There is a series of books called Master Theory that is fantastic. it breaks it all down in bite sized chunks from really basic stuff like ledger lines up to transposition and arrangement. six books, they are like 5 bucks a pop or less, and they are wonderful
for me i find that it's all about context. a lot of really good players have their thumbs over the top of the guitar, jimi hendrix did this. a lot of other really good blues guys do it.

it's generally frowned upon. it can hinder your barre chords and can get in the way of other things. it would be ideal to keep your thumb behind the neck, but sometimes it can be useful in the right situation.
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i see slayer songs as a chromatic alternate picking exercise

basically, this.

anything with a lot of speed picking will do wonders. so yea, thrash metal and the like is good help.
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I find a good way to practice is start with C major and go through the circle of fifths then go to A minor and repeat. Then cycle through all the arpeggios in C major then again repeat going through the circle of fifths. Its like killing two birds with one stone because it etches into your head what arpeggios belong to which key and what keys sound good to modulate to.

SLOW AND STEADY WINS THE RACE - I wish I had this advice when I started playing, play as slow as you can, I don't give a **** if its only 10bpm because once you develop that economy of motion then the sky is the limit, not only will you be able to play fast but it won't sound like an inaudible cacophony of distorted mess.

Good luck to you.

this is pretty much what i like to do. it's not only a good exercise to practice arpeggios but it's also a killer workout for your hand.
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Paul Gilbert is a good teacher, and in his Guitars from Mars instructional video he shows excerpts of many classical pieces on guitar.

Paul is an exceptionally good teacher.

and his guitars from mars video is great
As far as books go, I have found a series of music theory books that talks about arrangements in the upper level books. maybe this could help you out. They are the Master Theory books, 1 through 6. Extremely useful in learning theory and also arranging and composing, so you can write your own neoclassical songs
hey everyone. i am looking to gain some session experience. i have been playing guitar for 15 years and have been in the studio a lot and have played too many shows to count.

I am hoping to make the guitar my job. i already teach and do setups in a small business, now I want to play as well.

i am willing to work for dirt cheap, i just want to build an experience and a portfolio.

please email me with any replies!
So I'm new to the Miinneapolis area, i live in Richfield. Looking for some musicians to jam with. I like to play stuff like BTBAM and Veil of Maya, Periphery, etc. I don't have a stage ready amp right now, so if you have an extra that i could use until i get the cash for one that would be rad. Otherwise I have an amazing guitar (Ibanez prestiga RGA 121) and a little practice amp. Been playing for 15 years. Hit me up via email if you are interested..

my name is tom btw
i would down pick the first string, that way i'm not playing "inside the strings"
maybe change your pick?

i used to use a certain kind of pick until one of my buddies pointed out that all he could hear was pick noise. try either a smaller pick (i use jazz 3's) or a slightly thinner one.

it could also be that you aren't properly muting your strings. when you play a note its not just that note, there's undertones and overtones to it that ring out and resonate with the note you played
i use my ring finger when i do that sweep. it's just what is comfortable to me. this is how i do it;

pinky (17) ring (15) middle (14) ring(15) pointer (13) pinky (17)

that's just what i do though, cuz that is what is comfortable to me
learning theory is never a bad thing, whether it be in college or on your own. i think learning it from someone who knows what they are talking about (like the instructor in college for example) is better than learning off of the internet where a lot of the information is misguided.

as far as the money goes with college, if my school offered a music theory class, i would take it in a heartbeat. money well spent if you are a musician.

so yea, taking music theory in college is only going to expand your knowledge, not hinder it
i use the extra 2 frets often. especially when i add tapping to arpeggios.
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Mmm... i think alternate picking was the second thing i stumbled upon after googling "how to tune a guitar".. a u,d,u,d,u,d diagramm or explanation + youtube was all that was needed to "understand" what it is about..

Its pretty much a standard technique every serious electric guitarist from beginner to expert knows.. you can woodshed anything with it..

youtube is an invaluable resource. I have learned a lot from video lessons and whatnot
if you mean in general, i am a sucker for natural wood finishes. there's something beautiful about it that i just can't get enough of
RHCP has some good ones. californication is a great song, centered around Am, C, Dm, G, etc

other good ones that i like to play

skylar grey "love the way you lie"
smashing pumpkins "disarm"
damien rice "volcano"

there are of course millions, but these are some of my favorites
yea that happens to everyone. i sometimes forget that not everyone started playing when they were 9 or 10 years old lol

but to answer the general question of the topic starter. i think economy picking is pretty much like any other technique. once you become proficient at it, it happens subconsciously when the time is right for it.
i like to use this as a good exercise generator. It's very easy to use and will also help you learn scales and all that stuff. Very cool website.
mastered, learned, gotten good at, whatever. No need to worry about terminology. I just know how to use both and after 15 years of playing i like to think i am not bad at either one. just sayin
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master both, dont worry about a thing.

True story.

this is what I did. And now I use both and switch between the two without even thinking about it. They are appropriate for different things, and when the time is right i jsut do it and not even really have to think twice
when i reach a block i usually take a step away from what i'm trying to learn and learn a new song. Sometimes for me, taking that break and exploring a new song will help me analyze and approach what I am doing in a different light. It's all about perspective, man.

And you just gotta take your time. You can only learn as fast as your brain will let you, and with the guitar sometimes a technique can move faster than you do. So just keep at it and don't force it It needs to happen naturally
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That is not tremolo picking. Tremolo picking is subdividing a single note into divisions of sixteenth notes or greater to give a shimmering sound to the note. What Zakk was doing there looked like sloppy alternate picking.

Zakk's picking technique is really poor, so it's not a good idea to emulate him. He uses his shoulder and elbow a lot when most of your picking motion ought to come from the wrist. He does alright with it, but his accuracy suffers pretty severely for extended fast licks.

It looks like in addition to picking, he's using a fair number of pull offs and bends. I personally would probably alternate pick that, since the speed that economy picking might lend you really wouldn't make a difference and so that I could get a sharper distinction between my pull offs and my picked notes, which economy picking wouldn't do. that said, if you're more comfortable playing that lick with economy picking, go for it. The difference in sound won't make a huge difference, since it'll be hard to distinguish at that speed.

I completely agree. To me it looks like he is trying to down pick that phrase or something. His technique is pretty shoddy. Just alt pick it, you should be fine.
hey i like your sound, but you need a better mix. your vocalist gets lost in the loudness of the other instruments. other than that, not bad.

when's your next show?
I would start small if I were you. Start with a song that just strums some chords. Over time, you will be able to pick out whether they are playing a C or an A minor, and even where they are playing the chord on the guitar, and eventually you will be able to hear the difference between a barre chord and an open chord, like G major.

Don't give up either, it's not going to come all that quickly. Just be patient and keep trying.

Hope this helps.
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That's about as much as you can do really. You'll never improvise the same as Jimmy (or anyone else for that matter). Learn how to use licks that you've learnt from him and apply it to your playing. The best improvisers know what they want to play and then play it. Theory and training your ear will help, but it's going to take time to get there.

you took the words right out of my mouth

improvising isn't something that can be just...happens over time.

i dunno if that makes any sense but, yea. knowledge of your fretboard will help drastically
i have mine so that there is no difference between sitting or standing. also, i play classical style while sitting and try to mimic that position while standing. really helps a lot
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e aeolian and e minor are synonymic

the aeolian mode is pretty much the minor scale..
you are probably trying to go too fast using improper technique.

you need to learn how to mute the strings you aren't playing, which is tricky to learn at first.

my advice to you, and this advice is pretty standard issue when addressing technique/speed stuff, is get a metronome. start slow. force the technique, and then gradually speed up. you should be fine after a few weeks, or maybe a few days depending on how fast you learn
you are probably already slouching..

try playing classical style. sit up straight, relax your shoulders. you can find all kinds of stuff on it. but classical style is way more comfortable to play and eases most if not all the tension you ae talking about
simple fix. use a metronome, and practice practice practice. start slow, work your way up
i take breaks from writing material in specific genres. if i am in a metal band and i can't write a song, i will try and learn something else. maybe play some jazz for a while, blues, rock.

maybe listen to music from a different instrument, like piano.
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your goal should be musical, not superficial. IMO, that is why your having this problem.

You focused on superficial things that you thought signified "good" guitarists, (like the techniques you listed) but you forgot about the part where you listen and play music on your musical instrument.

The solution:

learn to play some music on your instrument.

it's amazing how many people try to skip this part of being a guitarist. The allure of getting good can be blinding.

your reply is so simple i laughed, but it's true as crap