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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-27-2005, 11:34 PM Thread Starter
 
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Improving Technique

I'm looking for any knowledge, ideas, suggestions, information, thoughts, disagreements, facts, opinions, proposals, data, about things to do inorder to achieve a high level of technical proficiency.

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-David
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-30-2005, 03:58 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Improving Technique

you mean to tell me, all of the members of jemsite have nothing to say about this??
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post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-30-2005, 05:31 PM
 
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Re: Improving Technique

the fact that speed is nothing more than a bi-product of accuracy is the underpinnings of technical proficiency
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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-30-2005, 06:10 PM
 
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Re: Improving Technique

Play everything slower than you normally would.

Try to consciously place your fingers in unusual places/combinations on the fingerboard.

Playing a lick, make sure every note you play is clean, if not, play the same thing slower and perfect it then. Only when you can play everything perfectly at slow tempos move to faster ones.

Come up with warm-up/practice routines. I do something like:

E-3-4-5-6-----------------------
B--------3-4-6-5----------------
G----------------3-5-4-6--------
D------------------------3-5-6-4 etc...

then go on to the same thing starting with E-4-3-5-6, then starting with E-5-3-4-6, etc...

then I would go on and make the intervals larger, i.e. play E-3-5-7-9 etc...

Then do the same thing using as much legato as possible.

Do things like that at slow enough tempos for your picking to be perfectly accurate, the important thing is to get your hands used to fingering all possible permutation of the notes. In this way, the fingers would follow what you want to play, not the opposite.

You can device similar warm-up/exercises for arpeggios, economy picking, etc...

Just some pointers.

At the end of the day though, it's what you do with the technique that's important.
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post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-30-2005, 10:00 PM
 
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Re: Improving Technique

just keep on playing all the time and TRY to learn new things everyday, maybe get a teacher or subsribe guitar techniques
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post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-10-2005, 09:51 AM
 
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Play the instrument alot. Make sure you don't play things too fast for your present technique. Every note should sound clean (if you want it to), control is the thing here. Buy a metronome if you don't already have one. One thing that has enhanced my technique alot is having a really good guitarteacher. -Someone who knows about all the great players out there (Vai, Satriani, Gilbert, Petrucci, etc.) and who can play all their songs/solos. good luck
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post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-11-2005, 02:49 AM
 
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Re: Improving Technique

hunt down the best teacher in your area. don't let technique be the only thing you practice. there's a difference between a guitar player and a musician
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post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-18-2005, 04:00 PM
 
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You can try my site http://www.guitarknowledgenet.com I'm sure you'll be able to find something that will help a little. Try looking in the "Technique Zone".

Good luck.
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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-18-2005, 06:54 PM
 
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Re: Improving Technique

Go get some guitar videos from people like Paul Gilbert. I learned a whole lot from his Terrifying guitar trip, Intense Rock I & II and his Guitars from Mars I & II videos. Heck I learned everything from videos!! (that explains why my library of guitar vids take up soo much space).

If you're too poor or cheap to buy the videos (which I highly recommend you do as you do get the proper tabs for them) you can always *cough* find them on the internet *cough* )
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