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Discussion in 'Tab, Tips, Theory and Technique' started by Marquee Moon, May 23, 2019.
Does anyone have any cool tricks or videos?
Start to play some jazz.
Begin with "Autumn Leaves".
Listen to a few of your favorite guitar songs.
Pull up the chord charts for them all.
And there you will find your most challenging task;
Making your guitar sound like your favorite songs, using those foreign chords with all the diminished 7th fingerings.
easy, find middle C on guitar in all its locations
then figure out how to
play a C chord around that in each location
then, around each location, find how to play a G chord
use your ears
Spot on advice right there. That was how I was taught, it worked and I am an idiot.
If you're at all interested in online lessons take a look at Frank Vignola at truefire. Frank is not only an extremely knowledgeable musician he is one of the best music teachers you'll find.
I have a ton of tricks, but what kind of music are you interested in? What are basic chords, cowboy or folk chords or 7th chords?
The more info you give us the closer you'll get to your goal.
Or maybe work on A Million Years Ago by Adele. After all it uses the Autumn Leaves progression lol.
Autumn Leaves is a great choice to practice and understand some of the most foundational aspects of popular music, but it doesn't always play well with rock & roll and vise versa. So to help the op I need to know what kind of music are they talking about?
I like jangly stuff like James Honeyman Scott,Johnny Marr, etc im a big fan of burt bacharach songs.
Lots of good advice already. I'd add this: Just screw around on your guitar, putting your fingers on random strings and frets, maybe mix in some open notes (this can sound especially cool when the fretted notes are high up the neck). Whatever you come up with, play it in different ways; strumming, arpeggios, fingerpicking etc. When you hear something you like, work out what the notes are and their relationships to each other, and what the kind of chord is called (there are websites and apps where you can plug in notes and it will give you options for what that chord may be called, depending on context). Then use the same site/app or a chord book (or your own fretboard knowledge, such as it is) to find/work out different ways to play that kind of chord.
A simpler trick is to take chords you already know and move different notes up or down a fret or two, and see what comes of that. Or take a standard open-chord shape, and play that higher up the neck but keeping the open notes.
I would also recommend learning songs you like the chord changes in, because it's often not about an individual chord, but the context (the key the song is in, what chord comes immediately before or after, etc.). Beatles songs are a great example of this. "Here, There and Everywhere" is a gorgeous song, but chord-wise it's just simple open and barre chords, none higher than the fourth fret or so. But the progression is beautiful.
rub your body with fatback.
I started taking proper lessons with a legit jazz guitarist last year, and since then... well, the crazy chords are coming fast and furious, and I’m becoming more comfortable with them every day. So, basically: try private lessons!
REMOVED: stupidly quoted my own post vs. editing. :-\
I stand by my original post. Horse, water, drink ...
Was this meant to be a DM to someone held in your basement?
Can you play a classic bar chord such as F at first fret, or C at third fret? This is often a challenge for beginners but is the gateway to being
able to play any chord.
A great trick to getting good at grabbing chords is the concept of proprioception. I learned this from a viola teacher, actually....
perception or awareness of the position and movement of the body.
So here's how it works when it comes to playing guitar. Finger a new chord, let's say an F bar chord, or maybe a D 7+9. Whatever-- as long
as it's a new chord for you. When you first finger it you probably have to look at the strings and clumsily put your fingers in place. Finger it a handful
of times while looking. Make sure you can get all the notes to ring out. Take your hand away each time before you go to finger it again.
Here's the proprioception part. As you're doing this, take a pause once you have the chord fingered properly. Close your eyes and concentrate on how
the chord feels.
After you've been fingering it awhile, move your hand away from chord position. Close your eyes, think of what it feels like to be in the chord position,
and try to return your fingers back to that feeling. That is proprioception-- awareness of what it feels like to being in the right position, and going back to that feeling without having to look.
It is really uncanny how well this technique works. I use it all the time when I'm trying to learn a difficult new fingering.
For fretless instruments like viola or violin, this is the key to being able to grab notes with correct intonation without the crutch of frets.
If you ever watch Olympic divers "visualizing" a dive before they actually go to perform it, they are trying to feel the dive in their minds before they execute it.
They are not picturing the dive, they are feeling it. This technique works for any physical sport-- golf swing, slap shot, Olympic dive, bar chord. Feel the feeling in your mind first, then take your
body to that feeling.
Once you learn how to do this then another cool thing is you can actually practice guitar in your mind when you don't have a guitar in your hand. You run through the changes
or the solo line in your mind, making sure you are actually feeling all the changes as you do them. Sometimes it helps to actually move your hands as if playing air guitar while
you're doing it. I know that I have a passage down solid when I can totally feel it in my mind as I rehearse it in my mind. If there is an area when I'm likely to stumble in actual playing, sure enough when
I try to feel that passage in my mind I stumble on it there as well.
For experienced players who have never tried this, give it a go. You may be shocked at how much faster you can learn a new, difficult fingering using this technique.
Explore alternative tunings.
I am interested in this, but might it produce priapism?
You mean you need more than three?