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Old 05-11-2010, 05:11 PM
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Be the guy in the band that has a great sense of timing. Nice tight changes and steady tempo will do more for a song than a great solo. Watchthe drummer for cues.
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Old 05-14-2010, 05:05 PM
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If you have some time and a little extra money:
Find a used guitar that needs a little TLC. Practice lowering the action setting the intonation, cleaning and restringing it. You may also want to buy some new pickups and install them yourself. You could end up with a great guitar and there is nothing more satisfying than doing it yourself.
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Old 05-17-2010, 05:02 PM
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Make a set list! If you are in a band or just jamming - come up with a set list that keeps things interesting. Vary the keys of the songs, play a few fast songs then a slow one, vary the styles, etc. Your audience will thank you and it will keep you thinking.
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Old 05-17-2010, 05:06 PM
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I saw a fairly well known Guitarist a few days ago and his performance was good but not great. He had great gear and a good back up band. His playing was also good. The thing that seemed to be missing was the element of the unexpected. There were no surprises. He did what he always does which is fine, but that makes it hard to get to the next level.
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Old 05-17-2010, 05:14 PM
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One of the secrets to performing is being able to connect with your audience. Think about the last movie you really liked. You have to care about the characters or the story. Take time to make a connection, explain the songs, etc. Just don't get carried away - they don't want your life story.
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Old 05-17-2010, 05:22 PM
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Play your electric at acoustic volume:

I have to play a lot at low volume. That limits the effects I can use and forces me to play mostly clean tones. It also forces me to think about note selection, pick attack, and other basic elements that can become secondary when the volume is cranked and one note will hang on the air forever.
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Old 05-25-2010, 03:26 PM
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Have Big Ears. Listen to other players and other styles of music and try to figure out what they are doing and how they are doing it. Listen for subtle changes and chord substitutions and then try to incorporate some of those element in your playing.
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Old 05-25-2010, 03:32 PM
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Play the song! We often get caught up in our own agenda and put lots of effort into technique and theory, which is fine. But, playing the song should be the focus.
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Old 05-25-2010, 03:38 PM
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This may seem obvious, but lots of songs are ruined by playing too fast. When you are excited it is easy to rush it and play too fast. Take your time. You may even want to put the guitar down between songs and give yourself a chance to re-focus for the next song.
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Old 06-02-2010, 08:33 PM
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Listen to drummers. If you are out watching a band or just listening to music - pay attention to the drummer. You can learn a lot. Listen for fills that signal a change to a new section of the song, get rhythm tips, etc.
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Old 06-02-2010, 08:40 PM
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Try to get to the point where you don't have to think about scales and modes. If you really know them well they will become second nature. When you drive a car you are not thinking: gas, break, steer because you have reached a point where you can do all of that automatically.

When you reach that point with music, ideas will start to flow and your playing will become much more fluid.
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Old 06-02-2010, 08:41 PM
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Try to avoid noodling. I do it way too much and waste time that could be spent on practice and learning new things.
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Old 06-02-2010, 08:45 PM
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Find inspiration outside of music. Some of the old Blues men were inspired by the sound of trains.
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Old 06-02-2010, 08:48 PM
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Don't buy more gear than you need. A 100 watt amp may be way too loud for the places you play. A 30 watt may be a better choice. A $2000 guitar may have great inlay or decoration that does nothing for the sound.
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One of the best things a guitar player could do for himself is to learn from another musician's perspective. Take for example a drummer. If a guitar player could climb in the shoes of a drummer for a couple of weeks, he would have more of an appreciation for time-keeping. If he were to be a lead singer for a month, he would appreciate more of the needs of a singer with regard to the other instrumentalists in the band. It's all about perspective and that perspective can help you grow as a musician.
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