Re-Learning To Play Guitar – A Personal Journey

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  1. DekeDog

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    I'd MUCH rather be Kenny Burrell.
     
  2. Luthi3rz

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    Whenever someone brings up Picking or pricking Technique (which you did in your first post)
    I point them to Troy Grady's videos. Cracking the Code.

    Maybe you don't want to play like Eric Johnson or whoever and that's totally fine
    but you should check out the videos because he explains in great detail
    The What and WHY of picking for a bunch of the great players. I didn't even know for example about
    "Pick Slanting" or what it was until I watched his videos. Turns out most of the great players
    are doing it whether they know it or not is and good question.
    I don't remember anyone talking about it in the 80's and 90's.


    Anyways here you go. There are 12 videos or something like that
    plus he has a ton of more videos on the subject of picking.



    Anyone that plays guitar should watch these. They should be mandatory.
     
  3. unixfish

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    I have seen some of his stuff before. Good info, but sometime I want the solution / technique, and not 20 minutes on how he came to the conclusion that he needed to find a better way. Patience is sometimes something I run short on.
     
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    I'm 61 and recently started taking jazz lessons with one of the areas top instructors and putting in some serious practice time. I was a classically trained string bass player when I was younger until tendonitis crippled my career aspirations. I've played guitar on and off my whole life, but decided I wanted to know what I was doing.

    I would argue with the thought that you should quit thinking and just play. IMHO, you need to do both. You do need to spend some time just soloing and letting the ideas flow, but I've put together some really good solos by thinking through the changes and how to use passing tones and arpeggios and double stops. I'd never have played any of that on the fly. And sometimes I take an idea that I came up with by just playing and fleshed it out by really thinking through it.

    It's never too late. My bass player is taking upright lessons at age 71!
     
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    One of the best and still regularly gigging jazz guitarists in Detroit once told me he didn’t think it was that important to know the entire fretboard inside and out.

    Of course, I already knew that he knows the entire fretboard inside and out and has since he was about 12 so I took the statement with a grain of salt.

    I also know that there is a very healthy subset of guitar players where learning, taking lessons, and mastering concepts is the biggest part of their playing.

    My thing is on a very basic level the same thing.

    Learning chords to a song and retaining them.

    Scales ? Modes ?

    Not me.
     
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    magicfingers99 Friend of Leo's

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    well if I had my druthers, I'd totally rather be Mercury, winged messenger of the gods, and the god of business and transport. The hat alone is too cool, plus you get to travel everywhere.

    but I'd still settle for being Johhny Cash in a pinch....
     
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    its not important to know it (ie what named note is where) but its important to be able to hear the sound of the note in your head, especially before you play it so you know where you need to be to get the note you want.

    so its important to know what tone is where, if that requires you to memorize the names & locations of all the notes and your play music by thinking e,d,d flat,e,d,g - then do it, I don't think like that when I play. when you get comfortable enough, you don't think about it, you just play it.
     
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    be wary of people placing their burdens upon you, by deciding what you should know and what should be mandatory, one mans pudding is another man's poison to paraphrase fred flintstone.

    I find a one size fits all reality chaffing...
     
  9. BeatlesAreMyJam

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    John Mayer has some good videos. People seem 2 like em...
     
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    That described me, up to about five years ago. I hadn't been playing for anywhere near as long, but had neglected a lot of the basics. Self study and TDPRI helped a lot. This year, though I've taken up a fresh project: bass guitar. Am doing the six-month technique course at Scott's Bass Lessons. And it is shining a lot of light on six string technique, as well. So I may soon be joining you in the start-over team.
     
  11. BeatlesAreMyJam

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    Might check out CAROL KAYE’s Bass (and guitar) instruction. She’s priceless...

     
  12. Matt G

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    Top tip, thanks!
     
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  14. Matt G

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    Oh, lord, down the rabbit hole I go. [Although I've known about Carole King since way back when.]
     
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    It’s Carol Kaye. From the WRECKING CREW. But I have little doubt she played on a Carol King side or two...
     
  16. Matt G

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    Yes . . . yes . . . fat fingers betray me again. ;-)
     
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