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Old 05-04-2010, 08:12 PM
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Try "slap" harmonics. Instead of lightly touching the strings at the 12 fret to get a harmonic tone - give them a fast, light slap with a single finger. They have to be hit hard enough to strike the fret bar, but light and fast enough so you don't kill the sound.
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Old 05-04-2010, 08:16 PM
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Here's a great excuse to get out of hard labor. Excessive lifting, pulling and gripping before a gig can fatigue your hands and arms. Sorry, that heavy work will have to wait!
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Old 05-04-2010, 08:25 PM
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Watch out for repetitive movement injuries. If your hands hurt -rest them. If they don't get better see a doctor. Trying to play through the pain can make the injury worse and recovery period longer.
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Old 05-04-2010, 08:28 PM
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Don't underestimate the damage you can do to your hearing from exposure to loud sounds. Protect your ears with earplugs and turn down whenever you can.
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Old 05-04-2010, 08:31 PM
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Learn triads. they are those cool little 3 note chords. They are great for rhythm embellishment and dissecting for licks.
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Old 05-10-2010, 02:15 PM
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Learn and understand the basic structure of the music you want to play. For example Blues and most Rock sounds are based on a I,IV,V structure. For example: in the key of A the I is A, the IV is D and the V is E.
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Old 05-10-2010, 02:21 PM
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Here's practice tip: Let the Guitar do the work. Allow it to ring out and don't get in the way. That means use open strings whenever you can - even when playing way down the neck.
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Old 05-10-2010, 02:28 PM
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For some inspiration go to You Tube and watch a video titled "Burn" with Miles Davis, Robben Ford and Carlos Santana. The song has a great groove. Watch how Santana and Ford play together without crowding each other and note how Santana adjusts his style for the song and finds little Rhythmic basslines to embellish it.
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Old 05-10-2010, 02:33 PM
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Analyze the music you like and try to learn the chord structures and rhythms that interest you most. You will find that certain artists use the same basic structures over and over. Once you become aware of that learning new material can become much easier.
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Old 05-10-2010, 02:39 PM
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Work on your ear training: Learn to identify as many types of chords as possible. You know what a major and a minor chord sounds like. Be able to identify: Diminished, Augmented, Suspended, Sevenths, Ninths, etc. This will help when trying to learn a new song or compose a new piece of music.
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Old 05-10-2010, 02:42 PM
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Clean your strings, but don't dry out or gunk up your fretboard. You can slide a sheet of paper between the fretboard and the strings to keep over-spray from cleaners off the fretboard.
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Old 05-10-2010, 02:46 PM
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Stevie Wonder once said that he writes a song a day. That's more than most of us could hope to aspire to, but writing a song every few weeks or creating a new progression to jam to is a great way to keep your creative juices flowing.
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Old 05-10-2010, 02:54 PM
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If the goal of your practice and playing is to impress people you will miss the boat. Play music that has meaning to you and do it in a way that feels honest and sincere. You will have a lot more fun and the people who really count will "get it."
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Old 05-10-2010, 03:00 PM
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I remember when Elvis died. There were a flood of impersonators. Some were really good and might have made a good living at it, but I don't think any of us know theirs names. And, I think they will always be limited by only be allowed to do what has already been done.
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Old 05-11-2010, 04:49 PM
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If you don't already know how to do it - go online and learn how to adjust your guitars intonation. There are lots of free videos that will walk you through the process.
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Old 05-11-2010, 04:55 PM
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If you are playing in a band or jamming with friends - take time between songs to tune up and make adjustments to your volume and effects for the next song. Get the right sound for the song and make sure you can hear the other players.
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Old 05-11-2010, 04:58 PM
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If you have ever practiced by jamming along with a You Tube video, make sure you take time to learn the chord changes. Play the song once as the lead Guitar and the next time as the rhythm Guitar. You will end up learning more songs and having a better understanding of how to arrange your solos and fills.
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Old 05-11-2010, 05:03 PM
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Early electric Guitar pioneers like James Burton did not have the variety of string gauges to choose from that we have today. Burton resorted to using some thin banjo strings on the high strings of his Telecaster. Be inventive - if you can't find what you like or need try creating.
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Old 05-11-2010, 05:06 PM
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Use the entire guitar to make music. Don't neglect the low strings on solos or the high frets for chords. Examine your frets and fretboard for wear. They will tell you where you have been concentrating your play time.
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Old 05-11-2010, 05:08 PM
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Experiment with Tone-Color. Simply by picking close to the bridge you can get a very bright sound. By moving closer to the neck you will get a darker sound.
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