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post #1 of 32 (permalink) Old 04-30-2013, 04:08 PM Thread Starter
 
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What should I do next?

I did a search on the forums here, but really couldn't find a real answer to what I was looking for. Granted I only looked through about 3 or 4 pages, but I really don't have time to search the entire forum.

My question is how do you all make practice not boring. I love to play and learn things, but to be honest my practice usually consists of running through the same chords and scales I've known for years. Yes I can learn new ones, but I still end up at the same place like ok I know how to play these reasonably well, but what do I do with them? How can I make it fun? I don't get to play with a band and being in the basement by myself is booooorrrrriiiinnnnnggggg especially when the only sound is my guitar.
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Never heard about porn?
Scales "ups and downs"
"Skip strings"
"Fingering"
"Shred while shredding"

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Ill tell you how I personally enjoy guitar.

I teach, I practice new things, I challenge myself, I play along with songs that are fun.
I have a few passions, and guitar is my #1. Anything I am passionate about, I give a million percent of my dedication to.

Long story short, if your not passionate about guitar, you will be mediocre at best.

If however, you are passionate, the sky is the limit. It's not as hard to be Paul Gilbert or Steve vai as most guitar players think.

Which category do you fall into?
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Re: What should I do next?

start a band
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Write your own songs , then record them .
line6 riffwirks saved my life, so easy to record and make drums etc.
so cheap and so fun.
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The most important thing for a musician while learning are those thousand hours alone with his instrument.....oops I mean MUSICAL instrument.In those hours he learns how to play it, what others play and creates his own licks, those hours make his instrument be part of his body and mind.
If you can't enjoy those magical moments, playing a musical instrument is not for you.
Maybe drums would be more enjoyable
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One thing I particularly struggle with is creating unique solos and runs. I have a limited knowledge of theory (advanced, but not to the caliber of some of you) so I play by instinct alot. Works out well but I end up in ruts myself.
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Never heard about porn?
Scales "ups and downs"
"Skip strings"
"Fingering"
"Shred while shredding"

*lol* come on man ;o)
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*lol* come on man ;o)
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post #10 of 32 (permalink) Old 04-30-2013, 05:34 PM
 
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Re: What should I do next?

Well, it really depends on what your goal is.

Do you want to play covers, write your own stuff, jam to songs or be a rock star?

I would agree, playing just to play with no goal in mind is rather dull but when the practice you do shows up in your playing, or that riff your trying to learn is a lot easier now due to practice, then it really means something and does not seem as monotonous. Most teachers will tell you to make your practice musical if you can, Petrucci writes Etudes that work on a specific technique.

If you are looking for the magic potion, your SOL, ya got to put in the work.

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Ill tell you how I personally enjoy guitar.

I teach, I practice new things, I challenge myself, I play along with songs that are fun.
I have a few passions, and guitar is my #1. Anything I am passionate about, I give a million percent of my dedication to.

Long story short, if your not passionate about guitar, you will be mediocre at best.

If however, you are passionate, the sky is the limit. It's not as hard to be Paul Gilbert or Steve vai as most guitar players think.

Which category do you fall into?
Great question and I'd have to say I'm not, but I believe part of that has to do with the fact that I've just been plain lazy. I take the blame for that, but also I've been stuck in a rut. I really have no interest and learning to play a certain bands music. I know I'm not good enough to learn Vai or Satch, but I'm ok with that. My thing is I know some scales and chords, but how do I put it all together.....study chord progressions? I have the guitar gramoire (I'm sure I spelled that wrong), but thats a little too advanced for me. Thx for help by the way and putting up with me ;o)
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Great question and I'd have to say I'm not, but I believe part of that has to do with the fact that I've just been plain lazy. I take the blame for that, but also I've been stuck in a rut. I really have no interest and learning to play a certain bands music. I know I'm not good enough to learn Vai or Satch, but I'm ok with that. My thing is I know some scales and chords, but how do I put it all together.....study chord progressions? I have the guitar gramoire (I'm sure I spelled that wrong), but thats a little too advanced for me. Thx for help by the way and putting up with me ;o)
Of course. We're here at some point or another.

Imagine in your head what you'd LIKE to sound like. What sort of techniques you want to use (shredding, chords, sweeps, legato, or Clapton like solos) and then when you have that image, let us know. Then we can be of more help.
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If I were you, I'd get a BR-80 or some small recording device that can create drums/bass and create songs. At the very least, record some of your chord progressions and play/record on top of that. If you listen carefully to your playing, you'll be able to think of things to do in certain situations, thereby improving your own playing while not necessarily sounding like you're doing the same thing all the time. You can consciously try to play a different mode, style, etc. This is what I've been planning to do for a while now, but with job/location changes looming, I am holding off.
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If I were you, I'd get a BR-80 or some small recording device that can create drums/bass and create songs. At the very least, record some of your chord progressions and play/record on top of that. If you listen carefully to your playing, you'll be able to think of things to do in certain situations, thereby improving your own playing while not necessarily sounding like you're doing the same thing all the time. You can consciously try to play a different mode, style, etc. This is what I've been planning to do for a while now, but with job/location changes looming, I am holding off.
^^ perfect advice. I bought a boss rc2 loop pedal to a long time ago and did the same. Took my playing to a new level
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If I were you, I'd get a BR-80 or some small recording device that can create drums/bass and create songs. At the very least, record some of your chord progressions and play/record on top of that. If you listen carefully to your playing, you'll be able to think of things to do in certain situations, thereby improving your own playing while not necessarily sounding like you're doing the same thing all the time. You can consciously try to play a different mode, style, etc. This is what I've been planning to do for a while now, but with job/location changes looming, I am holding off.
I think that is a big part of the problem. I have no interaction with other musicians whatsoever and it's been that way for about the last 10yrs. As far as sound or style goes I actually do have an idea of what I'm looking for. I've always been a fan of straight up rock n roll. I have no desire to shred like a Malmsteen or even Vai for that matter. It's amazing they can play that way, but thats not me. I've always loved songs with a good groove. Satchs song Hill Groove from Strange Beautiful Music would be a good example....well before he starts going off towards the middle. Thanks for the help by the way I'll check out one of those BR-80 or something similar.

Oh yeah Sammy Hagar I Can't Drive 55 would be another great example. Love the guitar on that track.

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