Help please GUITAR

Help please GUITAR

Postby TheCZAR » Thu Apr 03, 2014 10:01 pm

Guys im 24 been playing off and on for 10 years recently picked it back up very heavily back in january, im getting really discouraged, that I'm not making any progress, i dont know which direction to go towards, my goals are to be fluent in jamming improv and all around decent at dead tunes i know quite a few scales, different techniques, but really i can only read tabs, im tired of coming in every night and noodling because i dont know what to practice or learn i was wondering if any of you kind heads could help a fellow head out, and give him some advice on what to do where to turn and maybe even a lil inspiration shed some light on me dudes please
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Re: Help please GUITAR

Postby TI4-1009 » Fri Apr 04, 2014 5:50 am

Did you poke around The Think Tank and The Think Tank II?
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Re: Help please GUITAR

Postby Poor Peter » Fri Apr 04, 2014 6:56 am

http://jdarks.com/

Pick out a tune you like and jam on.
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Re: Help please GUITAR

Postby tpourciau » Fri Apr 04, 2014 7:41 am

Best advice is to find someone to play with. Maybe learn more tunes. learn a bunch of chord inversions.
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Re: Help please GUITAR

Postby waldo041 » Fri Apr 04, 2014 11:27 am

tpourciau wrote:Best advice is to find someone to play with. Maybe learn more tunes. learn a bunch of chord inversions.


add/or grab a loop pedal and make some loops to jam and noodle over.

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Re: Help please GUITAR

Postby TI4-1009 » Fri Apr 04, 2014 11:41 am

You mean- "play with yourself?" :shock: :oops:
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Re: Help please GUITAR

Postby ccw3432 » Fri Apr 04, 2014 8:46 pm

Just keep playing. Progress may seem minimal at times but then a breakthrough sneaks up on you.
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Re: Help please GUITAR

Postby elroy2288 » Sat Apr 05, 2014 3:38 pm

I am learning as well and have found Nate LaPointe's Grateful Dead licks DVDs (available on Amazon) to be helpful. Nate is a great guy and is open to teaching and custom lessons. His email can be found via his band site or FB. I also use Seth Fleishman's downloadable tutorials (google grateful guitar lessons). His video lessons come with long backing tracks that can be jammed over and now I see he offers Skype lessons. I am finding that starting with some tried and true licks and then improvising is the most fun! :smile:
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Re: Help please GUITAR

Postby wolftigerrosebud » Wed Apr 29, 2015 7:49 am

If you want to get good at the guitar and you're having trouble doing it on your own, what worked for me was going to a local commuter school. It's in person, which works better for my learning style. And the level of instruction was better than most of what I'd found was available to me online. I think getting into a serious music scene where you play with other people daily or close to it, whether that's through school or something else, is a great way to go.

If you're practicing the same things and you've plateaued, it may mean it's time to figure out different stuff to practice. What are you bad at? What's your worst skill? You haven't learned how to read (the Berklee Vol. 1 book is a good resource for learning to read with no experience), so there's that. How's your comping? Can you play chords by ear to accompany people while they play? Maybe you can learn how to play chord melodies and self-accompanied solo guitar stuff. Or you can work on your fingerpicking in the classical tradition. Or your acoustic flatpicking.

It's like a game of whack-a-mole. Whatever you're shitty at, you start paying attention to more for awhile. Then once you're better at that you find something else where you're lacking.

Ted Greene's books and Mick Goodrick's books on guitar playing offer the best technique training you can find short of a teacher who has learned from the masters.

But more than anything, find people to play music with. Any setting is good.
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