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New Here - Just Bought the R&B F Course

Postby Uzbazbiel » Thu Oct 21, 2010 7:20 pm

Hi, just getting back into practicing again. I started playing guitar 18 years ago. For many years I gave up practicing and just picked up the guitar and would play some songs that I knew for the fun of it but never really tried to improve on my ability. I never had lessons and I didn't know what I was doing either so I think I may have damaged my hands/arms somehow playing incorrectly so that was a big deterrent to practice.

I recently moved to a place where I can practice as loud as want and I have a really awesome landlord. My practice place is soundproof from the rest of the house for the most part and my other roommates play a mandolin and and an accordion so they are used to hearing music. This place has got a lot of positive energy and I've really been inspired to pick up the guitar and start learning and practicing again. My hands don't feel as damaged as they used to. I just bought the Rock and Blues Foundation Course and will be practicing my technique - something I've never really learned before. I also have the Principals book and DVD & the hammer ons and pull offs booklet. I know I'm going to have questions.

It wasn't until just a few months ago that I noticed that I had never put any attention to training my right hand. It just never occurred to me. I always had trouble with speed & accuracy so I am paying attention to that hand and am noticing a big difference with just a little practice! I've also been, for the first time ever, digging into learning some scales and chords and trying to get to know some music theory. I never bothered to learn any of that before. After 18 years I don't even know the notes on the guitar! :lol:

This youtube video was recorded about 8 months ago. I gray scaled it out because I am shy and don't really like being on camera. You'll notice I'm incredibly bad at keeping time. :lol: Plus I muttle my way through the song quite a bit. I'm a bit tired of those inadequacies and know I can play better if I work at training myself which is what I'm doing now. I'm looking forward to reading the different posts here. I think the discussion will help keep my interest up too.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ic2zZU4xZYA

P.S. Nice to meet all of you! :)
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Re: New Here - Just Bought the R&B F Course

Postby Stan » Thu Oct 21, 2010 7:56 pm

For never taking a lesson - you sound pretty good :)

Hang around, read the forums - there's lots of PURE GOLD in these posts.. somewhere... I swear! :D :D :D

Cheers!
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Re: New Here - Just Bought the R&B F Course

Postby Jamie » Thu Oct 21, 2010 9:18 pm

Hey Uz,

Looks and sounds great to me! I would say you have great natural talent, and have simply not developed yourself in any formal way,that's all. So, you are "coasting" on your talent. Anyone around here will tell you that that is going to leave your weaknesses weak, and lead you to cover them up with your strengths. Whether to maintain that as your policy, is your decision.

For me, it is always attacking my weaknesses that I am interested in, it is the way of growth. Of course, we use our strengths too.

The only thing I see that you might want to reconsider is the way you are bracing your right hand. Ney would probably have something to say about that! It will limit you, although it will work for some things.
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Re: New Here - Just Bought the R&B F Course

Postby N E Y » Fri Oct 22, 2010 4:50 am

Hello!

You might be surprised to hear that I don't think you have to develop your time as much as you think you do . It is there already...but what happens is that your hand coordination and reaction time is not matching your sense of time so things come out bit haphazard and spazzed at the start of the phrases, but internally the notes right on . I can tell when someone has time issues very quickly because I can't stand bad time in the least small bit! :lol: and you don't have major ones at least; just coordination spazzes that appear on the surface be bad timing .The fast triplets played tap style just need to be coordinated so they can start at the right time. Tapping appears to be easy but it requires a bit of skill as well.

Now that winter is around always dip your hands in HOT- as hot as you can stand- water before your begin and massage them for about 30 seconds under water.

Your right hand is bit hard to see but as long as you don't fixate your fingers- meaning anchoring for support- on the top of the guitar at all times. Anchoring fingers on the guitar will limit what you can do very severely. So if you like loose fingers, keep them loose and moving at all times with the hand so they slide on the top of the guitar face and are not fixed in one spot- even temporarily-for support.

For maximum picking speeds for long period of time you can close the fingers into the palm , but don't make an actual fist...just the shape of one and you should have clearance to slide a sharpie marker into your fingers.






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Re: New Here - Just Bought the R&B F Course

Postby chefrusso » Tue Nov 02, 2010 10:55 am

Hey Uz,

Nice to meet you too! That is one of my all-time favorite Satriani songs and you did a great job playing it. Jamie, Ney, and the Principles will allow you to get that last 10% you need to make it entirely awesome! At times you'll feel like you're completely starting over, but that's exactly the point. In order to progress, you'll need to work on the foundation. I can't wait to see how the Principles will affect your playing ability and I look forward to seeing your videos! Good luck with the R&B course.
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Re: New Here - Just Bought the R&B F Course

Postby N E Y » Mon Dec 27, 2010 2:20 am

"how to hypnotizwe people"

:lol: :lol: ...The only way to hypnotize people is to play guitar for them.. :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
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