Tell us which guitar technique is toughest for you?


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05/04/2012 1:00 am
good question from our facebook page, which one gets you?
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05/04/2012 4:42 am
Keeping my thumb going while my fingers are playing other strings and beats. Playing songs like in Fields of Gold or Smoke Stack Lightening.
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05/04/2012 6:43 am
Electric:
I can't get sweeps down for the life of me. 3 string sweeps I can get by with. Any more than that and the muting get's to be too difficult.

And I'm talking about CLEAN sounding sweeps on high volume with distortion.

Acoustic:
Barr chords. Don't have the endurance to hold them down so long. Hand gets tired quickly it seems.

Bass/melody fingering is tricky to get down too like haghj500 mentioned.
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05/04/2012 10:32 am
To tell you the truth its a tie between tapping and sweeping
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05/09/2012 3:17 pm
Im a sucker at really fast and steady alternate picking... Like really fast shredding and stuff.. Iv been trying to work on it but loose the focus really fast and gets pissed off easily... It's more frustrating when im acutally okay at legato
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06/02/2012 3:55 am
I'm suprised more people have not replied to this question. I see it as a way for the people running the site to collect information to help it's users. That way they can better focus their efforts creating new lessons that will help the users and not have to guess what the users may need.
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06/04/2012 9:13 pm
Hi 10184,

Have you tried it slowed down? It can be very frustrating for me when I know I can play a lick but I keep trying it at full speed. Starting slow, then building speed with accuracy is a great exercise.
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06/06/2012 12:49 am
Playing irregular groups of notes (groups of 5,7,11 etc) over a simple time signature. It takes a while to get the hang of it and often requires slowing down and taking it in small steps.
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06/06/2012 7:09 am
I've been working on acoustic finger picking lately (hmmm, Jeff says to Neal 'I wonder why that is??')....

I've realized that I apply everything I know about electric guitar to acoustic. Not my desired result. So, in addition to playing the open (country) C chord for the first time ever, I find it a little unnatural to give up the pick and let me claw do the work.
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06/08/2012 8:18 pm
Staying focused on a practice schedule/routine.

I'll pick up the guitar, tell myself, ok, you're only going to do this and practice that over and over. About 2 minutes later, I drift off into creative space and start coming up with riffs rather than strengthing a particular focus area.
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06/08/2012 9:51 pm
Thumb independence (travis style)
Speed with accuracy (anything Randy Rhoads)
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06/12/2012 2:54 am
Originally Posted by: RickBlackerStaying focused on a practice schedule/routine.

I'll pick up the guitar, tell myself, ok, you're only going to do this and practice that over and over. About 2 minutes later, I drift off into creative space and start coming up with riffs rather than strengthing a particular focus area.


This debacle never seems to end! I play guitar every day in some way, shape or form; be it recording, writing, practicing, or just having fun. I believe that as long as you are playing regularly and enjoying it that is never time wasted. However, if there are certain things that you are hung up on a daily regimen is always great.

What things are you looking to get better at specifically? Perhaps we can develop a good, realistic practice regimen for you. Let me know :D
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10/17/2013 2:17 pm
Originally Posted by: 10194I don't really know that you would call this a technique, but using a metronome. When working with fast licks, sweeps, or tapping, I sometimes find it hard to concentrate on what I'm playing while also listening to the beeps to make sure I'm playing it correctly. Especially, with things that have a more complex rhythm. For example, trying to learn the solo in Pantera's Walk. Some of those licks frustrated me so much, I just gave up on them. So ultimately, my metronome problem equals haveing issues playing quickly with accuracy. I like alot of old school rock and heavy metal, so this frequently affects my playing. I can play fast, just really sloppy alot of times. I also have a bit of trouble bending in tune.

As I was always told,better to play slower and neat then to play fast and sloppy.my suggestion is to pull back some,start with a slow tempo and build on that and don't move the tempo up until you can hear every note nice and clean.good luck.
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10/18/2013 11:27 am
I would have say alternate picking ,cause if always used economy picking which is dudduddu ect now switching over too alternate picking I'll say it gives me a run for the money......second finger picking is a big pain in the a@& for me.the cool thing is I was never able to sweep pick before I hooked up with gt!
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10/18/2013 12:03 pm
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10/18/2013 5:39 pm
As a beginner "But" only 5 days in I find that my Fingers don't do as my brain tells them, Its like they have there own mind. This is what I'm having a tuff time with so far. But I'm taken it one step at a time and going over and back and over the lessons and I'm finding this is fun.
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10/18/2013 6:05 pm
I am finding out that palm muting and NOT accidentally turning off the darn volume is my problem. Seems like every time i pm, my fingers turns the volume off and if I try to move my and forward a bit, i can't get a good pm tone.
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10/23/2013 6:52 pm
Stretching, generally. I've got long fingers, but they don't separate easily!
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10/23/2013 8:56 pm
Playing complex rhythms while singing...

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10/24/2013 1:50 am
Originally Posted by: Douglas ShowalterI play guitar every day in some way, shape or form; be it recording, writing, practicing, or just having fun. I believe that as long as you are playing regularly and enjoying it that is never time wasted. However, if there are certain things that you are hung up on a daily regimen is always great.


I'm so glad to hear an instructor say this! I just love to play the guitar, plain and simple. The only time I don't play my guitar is if I'm away on vacation or visiting. I'm a firm believer that time playing the guitar is time well spent, even if it is just noodling around. Perhaps the time could be better spent focusing on a song or a technique, but time just banging around is better than not touching the guitar at all.
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