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Is it better to play hoe you're comfortable....

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GuitarBoy666  
2 Feb 2008 15:37 | Quote
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Or how you are told to play "properly" when playing a certain thing. Like they tell you to holy your pick with the "ball" of your thumb and your index. I use the tip of both fingers and it is more comfortable. Of course, i am talking about when regular picking
GuitarBoy666  
2 Feb 2008 15:40 | Quote
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Oh an that should be.. HOW your comfortable, not hoe.. lol
telecrater  
2 Feb 2008 16:05 | Quote
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the problem with not following the "teacher" and doing it your own way is sometimes you develop bad habits which are harder to break, than just doing it right the first time.
GuitarBoy666  
2 Feb 2008 20:27 | Quote
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like my three fingers on the pick when i speed pick, right ?
telecrater  
2 Feb 2008 21:44 | Quote
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possibly, i can speed pick for just a few minutes and i get out of rythum, but thats really not what i'm into. but it's best for do it the "right" way at first. when you get a lot better you can do it your own way.
GuitarBoy666  
2 Feb 2008 22:42 | Quote
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I'm boned then... Lol.. I do find it kinda more comfortable to play with 3 fingers on it, thumb index and middle of course. I find I do have more control than I do if I hold it the 'normal' way
Guitarslinger124  
2 Feb 2008 22:54 | Quote
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i just want to add...telecrater-if it makes you feel better-speed picking with any degree of prolonged acuracy, i find is one of the more difficult techniques to learn. awhile ago, i could pick a zillion miles per hour, but it wasnt till i heard myself play, did i realize how terrible i sounded. now, through the slow boring existence of practicing, i've become very decent at speed picking. and a note to guitarboy...ive noticed you've mentioned yourself as a "good guitar" player all over this forum. you've been playing for two years or there abouts. i think, for your own good, stifle your ego a bit and take a look at all of your favorite guitarists (hopefully some with some skill), and think about how many years they've been playing. then think about how many years you've been playing.
league  
3 Feb 2008 01:28 | Quote
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Lol I thought I was a good guitarist when I learned pentatonics. Now that I listen to many styles of music with guitar and understand how it is played, I can call myself an good Intermediate guitar player. I want to point out that many guitar players who produce records are'nt pros. The only pro I've heard is Andres Segovia.Tom Morello is not a great guitar player:D
GuitarBoy666  
3 Feb 2008 09:07 | Quote
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Well, I consider myself 'good' for the amount of years I was playing, 2 years is not long at all. But for only playing 2 years, I am a decent player. I am not Dimebag, but it will do for now. I like to keep a positive attitude instead of thinking like "Oh man I suck so bad I hate it wah wah wah." If I'm not positive... I am going nowhere, that's how I look at it.

And there is a such thing as being "Good within your genre" meaning a genre you are best at.. I am best at metal, but now crazy-ass soloing like Dethklok, Slayer, etc.
telecrater  
3 Feb 2008 09:21 | Quote
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League, what do you mean by this?

league says:
I want to point out that many guitar players who produce records are'nt pros.


I figured that your pro when people pay you to play and that is your day job. Part of that would be making records.

[Quote=league]Tom Morello is not a great guitar player:D


what do you mean Tom is not a great guitar player? ok maybe your right, he is not great put he's original. when rage first came out i had never herd anything like it. I guess I'm more impressed with someone original than someone who's great.

Guitarslinger124  
3 Feb 2008 10:20 | Quote
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i think Tom is an excellent player...you dont have to shred a million miles an hours to be a great player. check out Larry Carlton or Eric Clapton, SRV and Jeff Beck. None of those guys can really shred, but they are all incredible players.
Doz  
3 Feb 2008 10:21 | Quote
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Yeah, there's so much more to it than speed and even complexity.
GuitarBoy666  
3 Feb 2008 12:12 | Quote
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Yeah really though, Eric Clapton is one of my favorite guitarists, he's amazing. And you do NOT have to be fast to be good. I am not the fastest, I just play.
league  
3 Feb 2008 12:42 | Quote
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Well.... SRV does shred. Tom Morello is kind of original but You gotta remember a lot of the late grunge and Metal sounded similar to his style. I don't just like shredding guitar. In my opinion, Morello uses the Pentatonics way too much to create songs. Some RATM songs were good but if you listened to the whole album you noticed they sounded similar. Recently I noticed an Audioslave song that had an intro riff similar to Cowboys from Hell. Tom Morello may be original, but not with guitar technique. At that point are you a great guiarist?
GuitarBoy666  
3 Feb 2008 15:01 | Quote
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I don't really like RATM honestly. They are too repetitive... It's like the same lyric and instrument riffs over and over for each and every verse.. and chorus.. Only the solos are good... Sometimes. But I do like Killing In The Name Of ... Plus I am more of a 80`s rock type of guy
shredguitar17  
3 Feb 2008 23:58 | Quote
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I have been playing....for about three and a half years. I play like 2-3 hours a day. I really don't know my skill level, mainly because I have been working on Jason Becker's Altitudes: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1wFoSbjXB68 (copy and paste) and I have gotten halfway through. if you listen to the whole song, I am at where the first set of sweep picking ends. I am still learning the rest. So i really don't know my skill, I know theory, scales, and I have also started playing piano. And i don't like RATM either.
Doz  
4 Feb 2008 09:11 | Quote
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....I disagree GuitarBoy... some songs are repetative... but there are a lot that aren't. If I had to choose the most repetative RATM song then it'd definitely be Killing In The Name Of.
GuitarBoy666  
4 Feb 2008 13:39 | Quote
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Lol yeah Doz disagree with me cause I'm a kid. lol jk
Well yeah it is really repetitive but I like the guitar and mainly the heavy distortion parts for verses and chorus.

Name 3 songs then that aren't repetitive and I will check them out and maybe change my opinion.
Doz  
4 Feb 2008 14:27 | Quote
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I'll just list some good ones without sifting through to see how many times something is repeate... but listen to Know Your Enemy, Wake Up and Bombtrack. They're all on the same album (and the same album as Killing In The Name Of), so you could just torrent that or something. It's self titled.
GuitarBoy666  
4 Feb 2008 14:57 | Quote
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Okay, maybe I will change my opinion on them. Maybe I really shouldn't say I like or don't like a band because I only heard two songs. Maybe five songs would be a better judgment point. I only heard Killing/Name, and I think Testify which is a bit repetitive.
Know your Enemy is a really cool song. Maybe I will check out more songs by them in a little while.
Doz  
4 Feb 2008 17:46 | Quote
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Yeah, it makes sense ;) Testify if a bit now you mention it.
GuitarBoy666  
4 Feb 2008 18:41 | Quote
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Yeah. Like, I didn't care for Heart, from hearing Tattooed Love Boys. I don't like it. but I heard Barracuda and I like them more now.
(Yes, guitar hero songs but I didn't listen to anything after tattooed love boys until barracuda)


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