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  1. 11top

    11top Cousin Eddie's cousin

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    I’m not sure if seeing Steve Morse, Paul Gilbert, Zak Wilde, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Phil X, Dave Weiner, and Cory Chirko play at NAMM last week inspired me or caused me to simply throw my hands in the air in defeat. :oops:
     
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  2. Ryan Murphy

    Ryan Murphy Stares at bright lights

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    Gotta do the LingLing 40 hours work out.
     
  3. Alnus Rubra

    Alnus Rubra Loving nature’s wonders

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    Make sure you have an instrument that inspires you to play!

    Or in some cases instruments!
     
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  4. alantig

    alantig Zombie Four, DFZ

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    I used to be very much in the "hands in the air in defeat" camp. I remember the first time I saw Stanley Jordan. I turned to my friend and said, "That's it. I'm done. No point in playing any more." Later that night, I was sitting on my amp trying to figure out how he did what he did.

    Somewhere along the line, I've moved into the inspired camp. When I see someone like Boscoe France or Davy Knowles or David Grissom or any of a multitude of artists, I just want to play more.

    It's much better this way.
     
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  5. bodia

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

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    That sounds like a great plan
     
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  6. 11top

    11top Cousin Eddie's cousin

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    I don’t disagree. At my age, I know my limitations. I still want to get better, but I’m realistic about it too.
     
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  7. BrianC

    BrianC more toys than talent

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    When I wasn't in a band I practiced and improved consistently. Now that I'm in a band I find that practice is a job and that new things that I had learned prior have slipped away a bit.

    I need to rededicate as well.
     
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  8. veinbuster

    veinbuster Zombie Three, DFZ

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    I was far to intimidated to try Moonlight Sonata on piano. I used a piano mostly to transcribe what was in my head until I could play guitar well enough to do it there.

    Moonlight Sonata is one of a couple of Beethoven pieces I try on guitar every couple of years. I find playing things not written for guitar to be a good form of practice.
     
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  9. alantig

    alantig Zombie Four, DFZ

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    I'm well aware of my limitations, although I do try to break past them from time to time.

    But in my mind, I still picture myself singing (yeah) and being tall and thin. And I still imagine telling a band I've learned one of their songs and having them say, "Well, do you wanna come play it with us?"
     
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  10. 11top

    11top Cousin Eddie's cousin

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    Even if for only one night.

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  11. dmatthews

    dmatthews Dave's not here...

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    Look... ya can't play 'em when they're in the cases!:p
     
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  12. Alnus Rubra

    Alnus Rubra Loving nature’s wonders

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    Do you want me to start quoting Schefmans Law at you!;)
     
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  13. Nurk2

    Nurk2 Should you be practicing right now?

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    Start doing pit work and casuals. That, and a full-time job, and there aren't enough hours in the day to practice all the music you have to get through. Nothing like impending disaster to focus the mind....

    At least two hours a night every night after work. All day on Saturdays. Reading (churches) on Sunday. Then the rehearsals start. Then tech week. Then shows, which is nice because you can work on OTHER shows, while your in a run with a show you've already rehearsed.

    Here are some practice tips:
    1. Turn off the TV. It is a complete time waster. Ditto golf, bowling, poker night, ONLINE FORUMS, etc.

    2. Forget the lawn and landscaping. Mow. Rake. Stop. Gardening and such wastes your time. If you live in a place with HOA requirements, put your house up for sale and move. Ditto for an unsupportive life partner.

    3. Keep the music out on a stand with a guitar plugged in next to it. Put your a.. in the chair whether you feel like it or not. Make a routine. Stick to it. In our house (multiple musicians) the rule is: "Fingers on strings, every day." Even if it's five minutes, you must play every day.

    4. Listen to and play along with the music you're trying to learn. Music is complicated. Guitar music has idiosyncrasies that neither sheet music nor your "memory" (such as it is) are not going to capture.

    5. Put up a calendar so you know what music you have to learn next. Prioritize. If it's easy music, don't waste a lot of time on it. If it's hard, it doesn't have to be perfect (I played Soundheim's "Assassins" last November. OMG). It has to be good enough to get through the first rehearsal without embarrassing yourself or others. Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good. You're never going to play anything "perfectly." Let it go.

    6. Stop messing with your gear. Stop rebuilding your pedal boards. Stop swapping pickups. Stop changing tubes. Stop buying stuff. Stop. Stop. Stop. You have "x"-hours available to you. Every minute you waste twiddling knobs is a minute that your hands are on not on the guitar.

    7. Give up the excuses. 98.5% of the great musicians you know were not born that way. They became great the same way anyone becomes great at something: focused practice at their chosen activity at the cost of doing other things. It's not a secret. It's not magic.

    8. Have a goal. Have intermediate goals that move you to your goal. Practice them.

    Finally, when you get the gig, keep this in mind:
    PROMPT: Show up when you're supposed to show up. Not two hours early. Not two minutes late.
    PREPARED: Never, ever, ever make an excuse. If something about your playing sucks, that's on you.
    PLEASANT: Can I tell you how much work I've gotten from better players who are a PITA to work with?
     
  14. dmatthews

    dmatthews Dave's not here...

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    Well... I guess beer is right out the window then!:p
     
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  15. veinbuster

    veinbuster Zombie Three, DFZ

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    I don’t know. I’m pretty sure I could manage a beer while mowing.
     
  16. jxe

    jxe babe en der wood

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    five minutes a day is not enough. also you must maintain the sanctity of your precious bodily fluids.
     
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  17. Black Plaid

    Black Plaid just another Alan

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    One must also remember, many of us "play" the guitar, we do not "work" it.

    No advice fits for everyone. Some of us enjoy the minutia of seeking the "ultimate tone", or playing with the pedal configuration.

    Certainly consider what makes you happy, don't stop those things. This of course includes the goal of being the worlds greatest player, which is going to be a wee bit of work.
     
  18. Nurk2

    Nurk2 Should you be practicing right now?

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    I was speaking more to people up-thread who wished they played more, or better. Those are tips for playing more and playing better.

    If, however, you're happy with where you are and what you're doing with your music and your gear,
    then, you're happy with where you are and what you are doing with your music and your gear.
     
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  19. jxe

    jxe babe en der wood

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    happiness of the player has nothing to do with it! you’ve changed man

     
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  20. DreamTheaterRules

    DreamTheaterRules Navin R. Johnson

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    Watchu mean?
     

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