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Game Changer, Rut Buster whatever you want to call it.

Discussion in 'Theory and Technique' started by higginsneil, Dec 31, 2019.

  1. higginsneil

    higginsneil

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    Not looking for any short cuts but wondering if there is anything you did practice exercise wise, theory, techniques etc that really took your playing to the next level I’m not looking for a magic pill I practice for a good hour or two per day I’ll be 60 in July I’ve got lost time to make up for and want to get better.


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  2. JBFairthorne

    JBFairthorne Gold Member

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    Play with better musicians as often as possible.
     
  3. Adcandour

    Adcandour Gold Member

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    I learned a bunch of "tricks" that made playing fun and made it look like Im better than I am. I was just thinking about it today.

    I can post a quick vid of a few things that made a HUGE difference for me. Id have to do it tomorrow though.

    Edit: specific to technique
     
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  4. higginsneil

    higginsneil

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    That would be awesome!! Thanks and Happy New Year


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  5. Adcandour

    Adcandour Gold Member

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    No problem. Happy new year...
     
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  6. mrmatt1972

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    Once I learned the major scales in order by the circle of fifths my eyes opened. Intervals and chords made much more sense.
     
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  7. player99

    player99 Gold Member

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    Spider Finger exercises really advanced my playing. Do them for 10-15 minutes twice a day for a month and you will know what I'm talking about.
     
  8. Doug Gifford

    Doug Gifford

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    The four 'p's

    Practise, practise, practise. And patience.

    Drugs can work, too.
     
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  9. Wardo

    Wardo

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    I started playing at about 1:00 this afternoon and its damn near 2020. Played 3 different guitars and worked on songs getting ready for an electric jam because the last ones were acoustic - so maybe having something to get ready for gets you off your ass to sort things out I guess. Mostly I just play a lot and work out the stuff that I'm doing like trying things for a solo etc. Just putting in time and waitin for the thunder.
     
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  10. sambonee

    sambonee Gold Member

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    I’d say learn a lot Of melodies. Also, take one lesson with each of the the top 5 teachers in
    Your area. Bring questions, ask them to
    Evaluate
    Your level of playing and give 3 things to work on. Bring a video camera or At Least a recorder and keep a copy of the lesson.

    Do intervals ear training. There are surely courses and tests to help online. if anyone finds a good online place to work on and test for interval identification please let me know.
     
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  11. Budda

    Budda Gold Member

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    Join a band.
     
  12. Jim9guitars

    Jim9guitars

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    Lots of good advice so far, especially Budda's join a band, having a band with a gig in the calendar to prepare for is very motivating. For lead guitar I upped my game by memorizing the 5 main major scale patterns and got them up to speed by playing through them all from open position to beyond the 12th fret using a metronome to gradually push up the tempo. Cycling though all the keys prepared me for playing in any key, major or minor.
     
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  13. Lord-Humongous

    Lord-Humongous Gold Member

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    The Caged system helped me along big time.
     
  14. KapnKrunch

    KapnKrunch Gold Member

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    John Petrucci's Rock Discipline DVD.

    Not just for shredders.

    It DOUBLED my skill on the instrument so quickly that I stopped studying it, just so I could exploit what I had already learned. It sits there on a shelf, waiting for the next rut, I guess.

    I am talking about physical technique here, not knowledge of music. For the cognitive stuff I use Al DiMeola's Guide to Scales, Chords and Arpeggio's -- but that's for the long haul, no shortcuts there.
     
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  15. DaddyDog

    DaddyDog Gold Member

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    Record your playing. When listening back, you hear things you don’t notice while focusing on what’s next.
     

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