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Old 02-01-2010, 05:13 PM
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Whatever you play - play it well. Listeners will be more impressed by simple clean chord changes than intricate, but sloppy ones.
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Old 02-01-2010, 05:15 PM
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Develop your own style! One of the best things you can do as a musician is to have you own unique voice.
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Old 02-01-2010, 05:17 PM
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Try to invent something new! Work on the things that no one else is working on. You may stumble on a new playing style
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Old 02-01-2010, 05:19 PM
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Play for yourself first. Don't get hung up on trying to impress your listeners. Play what you feel.
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Old 02-01-2010, 05:22 PM
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Jeff Beck never plays the same song exactly the same way twice. Look for ways to keep your music fresh. You may come up with several versions of the same song - each with a very different mood.
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Old 02-01-2010, 05:25 PM
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If you are trying to play fast - try to stay loose and keep your hands relaxed. We all have a tendency to stiffen up when we try increase speed. (To test this try to write a sentence as fast as you can.)
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Old 02-01-2010, 05:27 PM
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The great blues man Albert King once advised an aspiring guitarist to "play every other note."
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Old 02-02-2010, 02:07 PM
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If you want to take lessons start by interviewing a few teachers. Find one that fits you. Some teachers use a one size fits all approach that may not be what you want.
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Old 02-02-2010, 02:11 PM
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Practice with a metronome. Whether you plan to play solo or in a group it is a great way to learn to keep a steady beat.
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Old 02-02-2010, 02:15 PM
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Try to learn every note on the neck. Start with the easy ones like the two E strings and the octaves. Knowing the notes you are playing is the first step to understanding the big picture.
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Old 02-02-2010, 02:18 PM
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Learn the notes that make up the chords you play and use those notes when you are creating a solo over those chords.
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Old 02-02-2010, 02:20 PM
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Learn at least a little music theory. It will help you understand what you are doing and can be a great time saver.
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Old 02-02-2010, 02:25 PM
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I had a chance to ask Coco Montoya, former Guitarist from John Mayall's Blues Breakers, if I should use a particular scale or mode when taking a solo. His advise was " Play what you feel." That's what I love about the Blues.
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Old 02-03-2010, 02:12 PM
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If you are really in a rut get away from playing for a few days. Listen to music, relax. When you go back to playing it will seem fresh again. Its just like working out - you need a few days off every now and then.
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Old 02-03-2010, 02:17 PM
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If you are buying a used guitar check for Fret wear. Look for deep grooves in the frets especially on the high strings. You can usually have bad frets replaced, but a guitar tech will charge you about $15.00 for each one.
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Old 02-04-2010, 02:12 PM
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Learn a few arpeggios and use them when you solo. There are lots of great examples of pros using them. Check out the Diminished arpeggio in the solo from Steely Dan's "Home at Last" from the Aja album.
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Old 02-04-2010, 02:23 PM
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When you are playing in a band for the first time, remember you are part of the rhythm section. Pay close attention to the Bass and Drums. Those guys really hold the music together and you can work off the foundation they create.
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Old 02-05-2010, 02:05 PM
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Buy good quality accessories. They will last for years. Get a good Guitar stand, A high quality set of cables and pedals that are rugged enough to be stomped on.
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Old 02-05-2010, 02:09 PM
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When shopping for a new pedal bring your guitar and try to play the pedal through something that is as close as possible to your amp. Every rig sounds different. That way when you get your new gear home you won't be surprised and/or disappointed.
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Old 02-08-2010, 02:18 PM
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Try experimenting with different picks. There are almost unlimited sizes and shapes. Try thinner picks for rhythm and heavier ones for solos.
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