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simon73  
7 Jan 2007 10:13 | Quote
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For those of who are just starting out playing the electric guitar these are some of my tips and advice


First thing is to learn some scale. Learn a couple of scale like major and minor scale. Donít go off at great speed at first (what is the rush) your main aim is to make each note sound. Use the pick up and down stroke along with a metronome this will help you keep time. Also, I am a great believer that you should either sing each note or hum it this will help also.

Never play if your fingers are hurting what is the point you can cause muscle to strain and you may end up just giving up playing. Little tip, remember to breathe so many guitarist tend to forget that if you breathe your playing will become much smoother. Also your body gains oxygen to the muscles it is using. Relax your thumb. If you find you are unable to slide to a string this is due too much pressure on the thumb and the hand will also become tidy out.

Chords learn chords that will fit around a scale also play them either single note by note and then create up and down motion with your picking hand. Changing chords really fast will take time more you do this the better you will become.

You donít need to know huge amount of theory to become a good player even some of the professional guitarist know very little in theory but know what works. If something sounds good then it right if it sound bloody crap it is. Simple rule is to listen what you are playing.

Going back to scale see how many times you can make up a mini solo start slow.

I have seen loads of people playing really fast on the net and comments like I wish I can do that. You will it takes time, effort, and dedication to play a musical instrument.

String do break if you break a string this can be caused by hitting the string too hard, old strings that never been changed or bending a string too far these are the common ones

A great tip I learnt many moons ago. Was to listen to as many guitarists as possible and what makes them different from the rest. I not a really a country and western fan but these guitarist bring out some nice notes and solos also jazz players do as well.

Learn a simple tune. A good example I started out with the Shadow Apache easy to learn and good with technique side even down to Greensleeves. I would have loved at first to play Iron Maiden but as I found out I was rubbish and each solo was far to complex at first.

All the best
My Englsih is not that good so any mistakes sorry
zmazz  
7 Jan 2007 13:25 | Quote
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nice tips you have in here! pretty sure beginners will make use of this because some of them (including myself) didnt know what to and how to practice.
soy.el.che  
13 Jan 2007 11:57 | Quote
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cool...
ty for all those tips, i think it wil help me a lot, do you think im a begginer if i have been playing for about a year and a half?
anyway, were are you from?
soy.el.che  
13 Jan 2007 11:57 | Quote
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cool...
ty for all those tips, i think it wil help me a lot, do you think im a begginer if i have been playing for about a year and a half?
anyway, were are you from?
simon73  
13 Jan 2007 12:39 | Quote
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Tip of the week
Pentatonic scale. Most of you should now know the A pentatonic and is a good sound base for any rock or metal guitarist just starting out. So have you are now getting sick of playing up and down on each note. So letís mix it up a bit.
Try some skipping of string this is not easy when you first have a go but when you get to the right tempo that you are happy with then you will notice different sounds from the guitar strings from the notes you have played.

I was once stuck in the box pentatonic scale and could not find away out until I came up with a bright idea to play it on just one string and working to the next one and so on. Once you have cracked it your fingers will soon find it easier to pick out the correct notes.

Also you don't have to play it like a scale. How about making a short blues solo? For example 7 fret on the D string (A note aka the root note) then to the 5 fret on the G string (which is the C) and final one D which is 7 fret on the G string and back to 7 fret on the D string, Okay so it sounds nothing like blues. So try bending the D up and do some different techniques stuff like that.

So as you can see that playing around any of the pentatonic scale you can create something different.

For those who don't know what the A pentatonic looks like I have left a link you will have to copy and paste into the address bar

http://www.all-guitar-chords.com/guitar_scales.php?qqq=5&scch=A&scchnam=Pentatonic+Minor&get2=Get
simon73  
13 Jan 2007 12:45 | Quote
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soy.el.che Now then. Even all guitarist still learn new things or try and improve on either knowledge or technique side. Year and a half that great just keep up the good work.

Good luck
Mici  
14 Jan 2007 08:03 | Quote
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This is a great help, not only for ELECTRIC guitar players. Good tips.


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