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    Guitar Megathread II: Unleash the picking fury!!!

    To start off the new thread, what’s the technique that’s always given you trouble?




    For me (and thus the thread title), it’s been sweep picking. There’s just something about it that I can’t get quite right. I can do a chit impression, but I know I’m frauding
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    In the near future, I’ll try to post some videos. I just rearranged my practice room to make it video friendly.
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    Originally Posted by cjmadscientist View Post
    In the near future, I’ll try to post some videos. I just rearranged my practice room to make it video friendly.
    alright man. I’m interested to see
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    been playing a little over a year now so not exactly "always" but trills and alternate picking. Been doing scales with alt. picking in order to improve and it's helping. Just need to spend more time drilling trills. Came across them in a song i'm learning and the trill part is probably the only part i can't play decently well
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    Originally Posted by cjmadscientist View Post
    To start off the new thread, what’s the technique that’s always given you trouble?




    For me (and thus the thread title), it’s been sweep picking. There’s just something about it that I can’t get quite right. I can do a chit impression, but I know I’m frauding
    For wanting to play like Malmsteen I’m still pretty mediocre but yea, sweeping still is troublesome for me. Although I’m not doing any strict practice RN. Mostly just jamming on KISS riffs. Lol subbed to this thread.
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    Just started up a few weeks ago. I watch JustinGuitar and I'm getting familiar at least with the terminology. Any advice from bros who are good now for someone like me to get started that you wish you would have done?
    I'm a hack guitarist but I can tell you from years of playing drums, practice with a metronome. Especially if you ever want to take the instrument out of your bedroom and play with other people.
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    practice with a metronome

    absolutely this

    being able to lock in with a rhythm section is one of the most important things you can ever learn

    a metronome is the easiest way to improve your playing.....take something slow and make slight increases in speed until you can play what you're learning at full tempo
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    did you make that board yourself? awesome looking


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    I did. Some extra furring board-type wood I had sitting around and the bottom of a can of stain. Total cost was sub-$10 if I'd had to buy the stuff. I made it as big as I could with the supplies I had on hand - it's a little cramped for the amount of pedals I own but whatever.

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    Just started up a few weeks ago. I watch JustinGuitar and I'm getting familiar at least with the terminology. Any advice from bros who are good now for someone like me to get started that you wish you would have done?
    Utilize youtube. Wish it had been what it is now when I started playing in 2005.
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    Utilize youtube. Wish it had been what it is now when I started playing in 2005.
    I think it's a double edged sword. On one hand you can learn faster with instant access to everything however there are so many distractions today and it's easy to keep going down rabbit holes watching videos instead of playing. Without the internet and transcribing tools you had to rely on your ear a lot more to figure stuff out.

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    Originally Posted by mayweathermusic View Post
    I'm a hack guitarist but I can tell you from years of playing drums, practice with a metronome. Especially if you ever want to take the instrument out of your bedroom and play with other people.
    Originally Posted by cjmadscientist View Post
    absolutely this

    being able to lock in with a rhythm section is one of the most important things you can ever learn

    a metronome is the easiest way to improve your playing.....take something slow and make slight increases in speed until you can play what you're learning at full tempo
    I'll check it out thanks for the recommendation.

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    Utilize youtube. Wish it had been what it is now when I started playing in 2005.
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    I think it's a double edged sword. On one hand you can learn faster with instant access to everything however there are so many distractions today and it's easy to keep going down rabbit holes watching videos instead of playing. Without the internet and transcribing tools you had to rely on your ear a lot more to figure stuff out.

    Plus lot of people these days skip the basics and head straight to advanced techniques and might end up with some pretty shaky sounding bends and vibrato. Or they focus entirely on single note lines and never learn more than a handful of chords.

    I started out learning modes from a Frank Gambale lesson in a magazine. Inspired by that I decided to write them out in all 12 keys in a pocket size notepad for reference. I kept making mistakes so I'd tear out the page and start again. By the end I'd memorized them all and didn't need the crappy little notepad. How many kids would bother with that today? They'd download an app and call it a day.
    I have been watching JustinGuitar and I think he does a pretty good job at least in the beginning stages of how to play guitar. I have a ton of time on my hands so figured I'd utilize that time into learning guitar.
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    Finally decided to book my first guitar lesson. Learned very little over the past ~6 months, I feel like I just can't focus with so much information and possibilities out there. Mostly, I get very frustrated at how my picking technique sucks which prevents me from learning songs at a reasonable pace, then I end up abandoning them halfway through and not retaining much. Hoping having a teacher IRL providing some guidance helps.
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    Originally Posted by cjmadscientist View Post
    To start off the new thread, what’s the technique that’s always given you trouble?
    I've become pretty good at sweeping, at least the standard major, minor, and diminished shapes. The hardest thing for me is probably playing up and down scales at high speeds like for solos or really technical riffing. My alternate picking is solid at faster speeds but sometimes my fretting hand doesn't quite keep up.

    Originally Posted by feck View Post
    Playing any chord that requires me to stretch my pinky finger out. The joint in it is phucked and it keeps bending the wrong way, hurts bad mane.
    Yeah honestly some chord positions are really hard to play and transitions between chords is something I have trouble with. Especially since I mainly play metal and tend to play single note riffs most of the time. If I ever play a chord is mainly a power chord or something close to it. It's kinda funny because I can play some pretty fast technical metal, but I'd probably have a hard time playing a campfire song where I'm having to strum chords because I'm not used to it.
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    Originally Posted by aceroa View Post
    Yeah honestly some chord positions are really hard to play and transitions between chords is something I have trouble with. Especially since I mainly play metal and tend to play single note riffs most of the time. If I ever play a chord is mainly a power chord or something close to it. It's kinda funny because I can play some pretty fast technical metal, but I'd probably have a hard time playing a campfire song where I'm having to strum chords because I'm not used to it.
    I'm the opposite, jazz/blues player and can't sweep pick too quickly etc. But I legit have to make up a mini brace for my little finger on occasion, depending on the song.
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    Originally Posted by feck View Post
    I'm the opposite, jazz/blues player and can't sweep pick too quickly etc. But I legit have to make up a mini brace for my little finger on occasion, depending on the song.
    Right on man I played jazz years ago in high school, only for a semester tho. I don't play much jazz now, but still enjoy listening to it. Wish I had stuck with it more, but definitely learned a lot about theory and chords while playing it. Still like to incorporate some maj7 chords into my metal songs haha.
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    Pulled the trigger and ordered a strat with a scalloped neck off of reverb. Hope it comes in soon.
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    Originally Posted by CherryPopinski View Post
    Pulled the trigger and ordered a strat with a scalloped neck off of reverb. Hope it comes in soon.
    Nice. I too ordered a guitar off Reverb, I've been on a playing hiatus for about 10 years give or take. Kids and what not but I bought my daughter a guitar for her birthday in Feb and it reignited the flame when I saw all those pretty axes in the store.

    I never heard of Reverb so was a little apprehensive but it seems like they are pretty much like EBay, the buyer has the leverage. I got a barely used Schecter Hellraiser for $450 shipped. Always wanted one. All I know is I wish Youtube and all this other stuff was around when I first started playing. Now that my callous is back on my fingers I'm really enjoying playing again.
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