02-18-2012, 08:23 PM #4021
02-18-2012, 08:31 PM #4022
02-20-2012, 10:14 AM #4023
I've got ALOT of work to do on my playing, but I'm very pleased with the progress I've made. I practice about as much as my forearms will let me...lol...
02-20-2012, 06:48 PM #4024
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02-21-2012, 04:20 AM #4025
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Intonation is a big issue though, with the way you fret some of the notes, the way you bend and your vibrato.
Listen to David Gilmour, for example.
He may not be a fast, shreddy type guy, but his bends and vibrato are always perfectly in tune and he always frets the notes accurate, so his intonation is always spot on.
Or even Joe Satriani. He's not just a wizard at super fast legato leads, but his intonation and general control is amazing.
Plenty of tutorials on bending and vibrato on Youtube. Find good videos and learn from them.
Within a few months, you'll notice you'll be able to bend to the correct pitch much more easily.
Vibrato takes a bit longer to seriously nail, especially bent note vibrato, but make it part of your daily practice and you'll start to see serious improvement over the next few months.
As for the fretting notes, make sure to really fret them as accurately as possible, without pushing or pulling the strings out of tune accidentally.
Keep it up man and keep us updated on your progress
02-21-2012, 09:22 AM #4026
Believe me I know I'm not very good and I work on those things. I'm just a hobbyist no desire to play in a band what so ever.
02-21-2012, 11:33 AM #4027
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You're excellent for only a handful of months and I wouldn't even worry about any criticisms until you're at least a year in, preferably two. By then all the little details like bending in tune, vibrato, playing cleanly, ect will start working themselves out. That you know these are issues is already a big step.
Don't worry - your future looks bright.The assassins of freedom tend the burning of truth.
02-21-2012, 12:11 PM #4028
It was a struggle to even memorize and play all the notes in that Revelation mother earth solo let alone even begin to capture the phrasing and feel at this point in my playing. I'm a huge Rhoads fan and I make no effort to hide it...lol
02-21-2012, 06:21 PM #4029
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Yeah, Rhoads was my first guitar hero and I LOVED that solo. Plus Crazy Train was one of the two songs I first learned. He's still amazing.
So far as I can tell, you're doing it all right. That's a great way to learn bending in tune, I did it much the same way back in the last century. lol And capturing the phrasing is one of those things that just takes time. It's something I've always told people - either you play the song or the song plays you. I can play some difficult Jason Becker songs, but I'm not owning the notes...the song is still playing me. lol
Keep shreddin'!The assassins of freedom tend the burning of truth.
02-21-2012, 06:36 PM #4030
Hey guys, how'd you all start getting into guitar? I have a guitar sitting around, and decided to actually get into it. My first lessons are tomorrow, pretty pumped.
I'm inspired by Steve Vai and Yngwie Malmsteen. I really like neoclassical and I want to learn how to play my favorite video game songs on guitar.Overwatch: supremeJD#1179
02-21-2012, 08:53 PM #4031
02-22-2012, 01:45 AM #4032
02-22-2012, 10:04 AM #4033
02-22-2012, 10:21 AM #4034
Getting lessons is a good way to learn the foundation and see if its something you'll stick with. If you really love it, you'll find yourself learning songs and finding tips/tricks everywhere. Back when I was younger it was much harder to do!! Cheers and have fun.
02-22-2012, 10:24 AM #4035
02-22-2012, 11:07 AM #4036
02-22-2012, 11:16 AM #4037
I also wanted to point out that my ear isn't that good I'm learning these Rhoads solo's from lick library dvd's. I've got several of their dvd's but you can find some of the lessons on youtube.
Here is an example of one of their lessons that I used to learn the goodbye to romance solo which was the first one I learned:
The guy in the video is also a student of Satriani. The other guy I have some video's from by lick library is Andy James he does more of the metal lessons.
02-24-2012, 10:45 PM #4038
02-24-2012, 10:46 PM #4039
02-25-2012, 10:07 AM #4040
Question for freewait and An hero...
Would you mind going through some specific things you would cover or teach a complete beginner during his/her first 3 or 4 lessons?
Since I played when I was a kid and just restarting at age 37 just as a hobby I probably skipped alot of stuff that a beginner would want to start with. For example I already knew alot of theory it's just a matter of really memorizing it and I also started immediately tuning down 2 whole steps learning the notes on the guitar that way instead of starting with standard tuning.
The reason I ask is my boy wants me to start teaching him how to play guitar. He is just completing his first year of cello in grade school and is 10 years old. I figured I would get him started and see how well he does and how serious he gets then maybe sending him to a "real" guitar instructor later. With lessons around here being about 20 bucks each I could save alot of cash doing it myself and also spend some good time together.
02-25-2012, 12:25 PM #4041
This is what my teacher did for me. He never taught me songs, although he would have if I asked. I figured I could learn those on my own, but it would be good to teach your son/student some cool riffs and actual music to play while they're working on all this boring technical stuff. Your son is 10 years old so he probably doesn't have a fully developed taste in music but you should know the kind of music he wants to play.
By the way, I really wish I'd started playing at 10. You're going to have to take into consideration how small and weak his hands are when teaching him though.
02-25-2012, 01:55 PM #4042
02-27-2012, 01:38 PM #4043
I have a graphic of both an acoustic and electric guitar and go over the parts of the guitar and how it works but I don't spend too much time on it but will continue to followup in future lessons. Then it's the basics... you must build the foundation. I teach simple things such as how to hold the guitar, how to hold a pick, where to put the fingers on the fretboard, how to hold the neck, finger numbering, string numbering, tune the guitar, etc. And if an electric player, we'll go over the basics of the amp. Then I have a very generic chart on how to read a chord chart (what the "o" means, what the "x" means, how to put the fingers in the right location, etc) how to do a simple strum, how to correct the sound if muted, etc.
Then we'll begin to learn three easy chords while also learning the notes of the open strings. For young students I usually will write down what I want them to learn for next week and give them handouts or websites.
The following I cut and paste from my old lesson plans. And note each "lesson" may take several 30 min lessons to complete:
At the Lesson:
• Be prepared. Have your guitar in tune prior to lesson if possible.
• You don’t learn to play guitar "during" guitar lessons-you learn to play "between" guitar lessons.
• You will be given material at lessons designed just for you. You can place this in any binder, but please bring the material with you to each lesson as we will use this for lesson notes and next steps.
• I'll also be adding helpful material to this folder as we go along.
• For those under 18 years old, I will provide a "homework" sheet to help you in remembering what to have prepared for the next lesson. For those over 18, this is optional.
Note: Each lesson listed may take several music lessons or sessions to complete.
Guitar Lesson Overview: What you'll learn
We will discuss current playing ability and what you would like to get out of our lessons and where you want to go with your playing ability. We'll skip to whatever lesson fits best based on your current skills. If you are a beginner, welcome!!!
By the end of this guitar lesson, you will have learned: how your guitar works, the names of the parts of the guitar, the names of the open strings, the process of tuning the guitar, how to hold and use a pick, how to hold the guitar, how notes are made, how to play a few chords and how to play a simple song using three chords.
We'll also begin to look at warm up exercises for the fingers.
What You'll Learn in Lesson Two
This second lesson will continue to focus on exercises to strengthen the fingers in the fretting hand. We'll review the chords we learned in the last session and play a song with those chords. We'll begin to learn more complex strumming patterns and timing.
You'll also learn several new chords. String names will also be reviewed and we'll begin to learn notes up the fretboard of the guitar. Lastly, lesson two will also introduce you to the basics of strumming the guitar and review how to hold the pick for proper strumming in up and down strum patterns.
We'll learn the notes up the neck of the guitar on strings 1 and 6.
If playing electric guitar, we'll discuss the electronics in further detail and discuss amplifiers and its parts.
What You'll Learn in Lesson Three
This third lesson will include both review material, and new material. We'll learn the three remaining open chords that are generally considered the basic chords. Will also introduce a couple ways to play the same chords and what notes make up chords.
We'll also learn another strumming pattern, introduction to Scales and how to properly pick strings in up and down sweeping motion. And, as with the previous lessons, we'll finish up by playing a song or two that use these new techniques we've learned.
In this lesson we'll begin to learn the reasons why chords have certain names; learn basic major and minor scales which also build on finger dexterity.
If interested, we'll discuss how to read Tablature, although we'll discuss the notes behind the tool as well.
We'll learn the notes of the guitar on string 5.
Theory: If the student desires, we'll begin discussing music theory and define what all that stuff means on a sheet of music. This will take several lessons to cover.
02-27-2012, 11:11 PM #4044
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02-28-2012, 11:02 AM #4046
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Yo guys. Can you help me out?
I want to learn how to play the guitar, however i've got absolutely no clue about it.
Is it possible to play a guitar with headphones? Or can you only play it with an amp? I'd never be able to play it otherwise.
Do you have to learn the acoustic guitar first to be any good?
I'm left handed so i guess i'm gonna suck alot compared to righties, is it possible to get a left handed guitar? I'm guessing it'll cost alot more?WRB :)
02-28-2012, 12:20 PM #4047
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03-01-2012, 07:12 AM #4049
I don't post in this thread much but I lurk a lot. I enjoy playing a lot of old gospel tunes and usually write my own arrangements using kind of a folk/bluesy style. I rarely try to copy anyone but I decided to learn Willie Nelson's version of "Unclouded Day". So, I went off in search of software to slow things down.
What I found was Transcribe! from seventhstring.com. I'm new to this kind of software but I've been blown away by the capabilities. I expected the software to slow things down for me. What I didn't expect was the ability to change the pitch (key) of the song. In my case, Willie plays in F and I'd much prefer to play in E. No problem, just lower the pitch by a semitone and play right along. The software will also analyze the music and gives an educated guess as to the note, or even the chord, that is being played.
I'm still on the 30 day free trial. While I'm impressed with the software, it's the only one I've ever used. I found this software when I was reading up on "Amazing Slowdowner" and many user comments suggested that Transcribe! was better. Before buying ($39), I'd like to know if there's other software I should try first. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
03-01-2012, 07:24 AM #4050
Do you have to learn acoustic first? No. But if someone has a good acoustic I do recommend starting there, but if there are choices I'd rather see someone play a good electric than a cheap acoustic. Many get turned off from playing simply because many cheap acoustics are darn hard to play and kill the fingers. If you do start out on electric, keep the amp on the clean channel while learning. Distortion can hide a lot of mistakes when getting started. You want to learn the right way.
Left handed, right handed. Makes no difference. Obviously more equipment is built for right handers but as Hero showed in pictures...there are some famous left handers out there! My brother is left handed and plays left handed.
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