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  1. danktat

    danktat Award winning tattoo artist ... Amateur guitarist

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    I am actually interested in HOW you did this. Was it some sort of specific schedule? Was there a regimen-like practice program? Was it just "pull out my guitar whenever I look over at it"? Was it just pure stubbornness? I am only asking because my real issue with how good (or bad) I am at playing is that I don't practice nearly enough. But I am not sure how to overcome the laziness that life sometimes makes easy to take over. How was it that you were able to do it?
     
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  2. ScottR

    ScottR If nobody saw it, it didn't happen.

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    Thanks!

    When I started I had never even really touched a guitar. So, I guess I was like any 14 year old going on 50....I wanted to be able to (recognizably) play some cool guitar solos, and be able to walk into a shop, noodle and not make a complete fool out of myself...or at least not offend anyone within ear-shot.

    My goals have "evolved" several times since I started, and have grown as my skill level progressed. The goals have also become quite lofty, but I'm determined and extremely hard headed. Now, I am really focused on basic theory and trying to come up with my own stuff by having and then rearranging a lot of the licks I've learned along the way.

    One thing's for sure, even though unexpected, the mental and physical benefits have been HUGE for me!
     
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  3. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    Legit laugh out loud!
     
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  4. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    I’m so old that I was able to put in my 10,000 hours playing two minutes a day for 833 years.

    The first 126 years were the hardest.
     
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  5. ScottR

    ScottR If nobody saw it, it didn't happen.

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    Well, it started with me keeping a promise I made to my pop, filling a creative void and occupying some of my time, after getting smashed up in a moyorcycle accident that forced me to "retire" early.

    I had a lot of free time on my hands. That was about the one and only thing I had going for me, when I challened myself originally to finally pick one up.

    You nailed it though...mostly stubbornness acompanied by keeping a guitar close to me at all times. Plus, I deal with a lot of chronic pain and picking up my guitar takes my mind off of it like nothing else does. Best drug ever!

    I guess you could say my schedule is pretty regimented now. I tend to get a lick, a riff or a song and woodshed the hell out of it. But not in a way that is stifling. I change it up pretty often to stave off boredom and to avoid getting into a rut.

    I do my best to keep my time playing as fluid as possible. But I ALWAYS start by warming up the paws, by consistently doing "Spider Execises" up and down the neck and alternating between fiingers. If I flub a note, I start over, no matter where I am in the run to keep myself in line! Do a lot of finger stretching and shaking my hands to stay loose. That for me at least, is the one conerstones of my practice that never really changes.

    Then, I practice chord progressions working on my rhythm by playing along to backing tracks.The rest of the time I spend trying to get a specific riff, lick or solo under my fingers, until I get at least the "rough draft" in my head and back to my fingers slowly, until it feels natural and smooth, even if it isn't note for note.

    Lastly, I listen to music that I love. I litterally walk around with cans on my head all day. I try to train my ear that way, even when I'm not playing at that very moment. Also, I go to bed doing an ear training exercise that I found a couple of years ago. The app is called GuitarTuna. I downloaded the tuner app on my phone and it has a drop down that has an audible ear training game that's tucked away in the free app. I use it religiously and I think it has been an invaluable part of developing my ear.

    All that being said...I absolutely fell in love with the guitar. I have been passionate about a lot of things in my life but, this is like finding true love...I'm obsessed with it and I refuse to not have at least one in my life for the rest of my days. So I really, really, really want it..and I can't see that ever changing.

    Sorry the post was so long, but I hope it helps in some way bro.
     
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  6. ScottR

    ScottR If nobody saw it, it didn't happen.

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    :D
    This made me gut laugh until it hurt!:D:D:D
     
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  7. alantig

    alantig Zombie Four, DFZ

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    Nice post about your practice routine, Scott. That’s one thing that I haven’t quite gotten a handle on. I will have to look up that app for the ear training. Years ago I saw a segment on Stanley Jordan that showed him using an application on a computer that trained his ear to recognize pitches.
     
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  8. DreamTheaterRules

    DreamTheaterRules Social distancing be like ^

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    Well gee, now I get it. When I offered to help you get started by getting online with you and jamming, I was a little hurt that you never took me up on it. Now it makes perfect sense! If you’ve practiced 871 days in a row, you’re WAY better than me by now!

    Hey, do you give online lessons?
     
  9. jxe

    jxe babe en der wood

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    this is some extreme stuff scotty — you know those springy guitar grip trainers from the 80s? that’s you.
     
  10. ScottR

    ScottR If nobody saw it, it didn't happen.

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    No, no, no! I still wanna do some sort of skype thing or something.
    For the record I can never thank you enough for reaching out to me.

    Don't get it twisted man...I still suck...just a little less than 872 days ago...but not much.

    On the flip side...I have fingertips made of stone, and I can easily pop the cap on a Corona without a bottle opener. So, there is that;).

    I still have a loooooong way to go, but I'm enjoying the heck outta the trip!
     
  11. ScottR

    ScottR If nobody saw it, it didn't happen.

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    Thanks my friend!

    I really do think that one simple tool has been so invaluable. This one is probably just as effective but it feels a little like "Chinese Water Tourture" but it definitely helps.

     
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  12. DreamTheaterRules

    DreamTheaterRules Social distancing be like ^

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    You're on the right track... but that's not the grip strengthener he uses. :eek::eek:
     
  13. DreamTheaterRules

    DreamTheaterRules Social distancing be like ^

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    You know I'm just pulling your chain. That is impressive though. (the 871 days, not the Corona thing. :p)
     
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  14. bodia

    bodia Authorities said.....best leave it.....unsolved

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  15. bodia

    bodia Authorities said.....best leave it.....unsolved

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    I think it's been 872 since I picked up a guitar :(
     
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  16. DreamTheaterRules

    DreamTheaterRules Social distancing be like ^

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    We really need a "dislike" button.
     
  17. dmatthews

    dmatthews Dave's not here...

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    NNNNNNNNNNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOoooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
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  18. bodia

    bodia Authorities said.....best leave it.....unsolved

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    Huge slacker mode. I got a FedEx notification a few minutes ago. Trying to guilt myself into playing more.
     
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  19. dmatthews

    dmatthews Dave's not here...

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    Aha!
    That should work!:D:cool:
     
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  20. Alnus Rubra

    Alnus Rubra Loving nature’s wonders

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    Brother you have a cast iron character!

    I’m proud to call you my friend and I hope to meet one day!
     
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