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owensp  
21 Oct 2008 18:36 | Quote
Joined: 30 Sep 2008
Bermuda
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I have been playing guitar for about 4 years now. For the first year i took lessons with an acoustic. I was taught songs as well as chords and a basic theory of the guitar. Then i bought an electric, an ibanez after about a year and a half of guitar playing. I took lessons with that for another year and was taught in more depth about things like soloing. Then i quit lessons and started to practice myself. I started playing around with bar chords and soloing in the pentatonic to them. Just recently i got into practicing the modes of the major scale. As well i learned a little of the blues. I am wondering if anyone has any suggestions on what i should work on next and what will make me a better guitarist because that is the point of all this. To get better. So please give me some advice on what i should learn in order to become a better guitarist.
EMB5490  
21 Oct 2008 19:15 | Quote
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what music u like? id staart writing if u understand theory
owensp  
21 Oct 2008 20:39 | Quote
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Bermuda
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oh actually im well into writing and i have been for at least a half a year. im talking about the different skill elements to the guitar. soloing is one skill but there must be others....
league  
21 Oct 2008 21:07 | Quote
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UNDERSTANDING GEAR AND USING IT TO SHAPE YOUR SOUND.
PLAY AS FAST AS YNGWIE OR SOME OTHER SHREDDERS.
BodomBeachTerror  
21 Oct 2008 21:18 | Quote
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Canada
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what scales do you know? what kinda music do you like?
JoeDalton  
22 Oct 2008 03:16 | Quote
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I would say you still have plenty to learn from a good teacher if you want to be a better guitarist.

If for whatever reason you decide you don't want a teacher, ask yourself what it is you want from the guitar and study accordingly.
There is not really a one thing to do at any given time in your development, you should always be working on several skillsets to improve in the best way.
JazzMaverick  
22 Oct 2008 15:14 | Quote
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Self-discovery is important. Though I would also encourage you to get a teacher. But don't depend on him/her!

What I would encourage you to do for the time being is to; relate chords into scales, and understand why and how they work. Then study arpeggios and licks and understand how they relate to chords and scales.

Remember: Arpeggios (sweeps) are chords! Don't forget this.

With each thing you learn, make a song about it. Put what you learnt into a song and write a note next to that song what you just learnt.

It's important to be able to apply your knowledge onto your instrument.
owensp  
22 Oct 2008 20:36 | Quote
Joined: 30 Sep 2008
Bermuda
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ok could you go into a little more detail on arpeggios please
soy.el.che  
22 Oct 2008 20:59 | Quote
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try learnin to play guitar like the guys in the topic: one vid!!!!!
srry got too excited by the vids
JoeDalton  
23 Oct 2008 02:12 | Quote
Joined: 15 Oct 2008
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Like the lady said, an arpegio is a chord played in seperate notes.
So if a chord is Aadd2 A B C# E, playing A B C# E seperately would be the arpegio.
There is not really a lot to learn about them.

(yes I know a normal chord would have worked as an easier example but this is for all the people on this forum who think arpegios are only the basic 1 3 5 (7))
JazzMaverick  
23 Oct 2008 07:58 | Quote
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JoeDalton's right, there isn't just the basic 1,3,5,7 arpeggio/chord, there are so many amazing arpeggios. You'll love them.

Anyway,

You know your first major arpeggio that you probably learnt was 1,3,5,7 :



E-----------9--(12p)-9-----------
B--------10------------10--------
G-----11------------------11-----
D--12------------------------12--
AX-------------------------------
EX-------------------------------


One of the chord positions for this could be:



E-----(5)----
B------7-----
G------6-----
D------7-----
A------5-----
EX-----------


The example I'm using just incase you don't know is Dmaj7.

They're the exact same. Because they're playing the exact same notes, but just in a different position.


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