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How did you improve as a player?

Discussion in 'MyMusic Forum' started by Morf2540, Dec 30, 2017.

  1. mjark

    mjark Senior Stratmaster

    Jul 15, 2015
    Maryland
    I took lessons from good teacher I respected as musician. Learning the rudiments of music makes a huge difference.
     

  2. The Strat Dude

    The Strat Dude Duderino Strat-Talk Supporter

    I could always improv my way through most things and knew I was playing a cross between the major scale and minor pent. But want more than an ability to fake it.
     
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  3. fezz parka

    fezz parka R.P.M. (Retired Professional Musician) Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
    59
    Apr 21, 2011
    Like Nowheresville, man.
    That's not what I mean at all. Learn it backwards and forwards until you can think without thinking.

    I fear not the man who has practiced 10000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10000 times .
     

  4. The Strat Dude

    The Strat Dude Duderino Strat-Talk Supporter

    Chuck Norris!
     

  5. fezz parka

    fezz parka R.P.M. (Retired Professional Musician) Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
    59
    Apr 21, 2011
    Like Nowheresville, man.
    No. Bruce Lee. :D

    This is as much about guitar as it is about martial arts.

     

  6. JustABluesGuy

    JustABluesGuy Strat-O-Master

    Age:
    60
    773
    Sep 3, 2016
    Houston, TX
    Doesn't that just go without saying? Why do it if you dont love it?

    Other than the groupies of course!
     

  7. JustABluesGuy

    JustABluesGuy Strat-O-Master

    Age:
    60
    773
    Sep 3, 2016
    Houston, TX
    Have you read “Zen Guitar” by any chance?
     

  8. rocknrollrich

    rocknrollrich Strat-O-Master

    Age:
    47
    992
    Jan 8, 2016
    philadelphia
    Learn chords. Learn their inversions, learn their extensions, learn their substitutions.
    If you want to be a working musician, you'd better be able to play a *m7b5 or an *aug7 on the spot without fumbling to find it.
    And when the horn player says "Its too close to our register " you'd better be able to play it somewhere else on the neck.
    There are plenty of players that can solo, they are a dime a dozen.
    There's a lot less that can comp an interesting progression, and fewer still who can read a chart.
    Learn theory. Yeah, it's not glamorous really, but you need to be able to speak the language of music to other musicians.
     

  9. Williamwolka

    Williamwolka Strat-Talker

    Age:
    36
    148
    Dec 10, 2017
    Indiana
    Marty Schwartz > Bruce Lee > Chuck Norris
     

  10. fezz parka

    fezz parka R.P.M. (Retired Professional Musician) Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
    59
    Apr 21, 2011
    Like Nowheresville, man.
    No. I kinda made the connection via my teacher years ago.
     

  11. ocean

    ocean Most Honored Senior Member

    Apr 14, 2015
    In a house
    Playing with others

    Continuous learning of new things, riffs, theory etc.

    Was stuck in a rut for a while just noodling around playing same thing over and over again, really was wasted time. Need to continuously learn new things in my opinion.
     
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  12. otto6457

    otto6457 Strat-O-Master

    Thanks to all the folks here on Strat-Talk that offer so much good advice and encouragement. I can't add anything useful to the thread except to say thanks. Maybe in 10-15 years I'll be able to give a little back.
     

  13. rocknrollrich

    rocknrollrich Strat-O-Master

    Age:
    47
    992
    Jan 8, 2016
    philadelphia
    The cool thing about a forum like this is, you don't need to have all of the answers. There are many knowledgeable folks here that enjoy helping others.
    So even just asking a question here, it really benefits all of us who just read the replies. We all learn something.
    In that regard, everyone contributes.
    Those who ask the questions, and those who answer them.
    It's a win win.
     

  14. JustABluesGuy

    JustABluesGuy Strat-O-Master

    Age:
    60
    773
    Sep 3, 2016
    Houston, TX
    Quite true. I have learned a lot from the answers to other people’s questions. Sometimes they are questions I hadn't even thought to ask myself!

    I also try to help others (as much as my admittedly limited knowledge allows), and I sometimes get corrected by those who have a better understanding, and the OP and I “both” get a free lesson!

    Who turns down a free lesson?
     
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  15. stratobiker

    stratobiker Senior Stratmaster

    Sep 16, 2011
    France
    To answer the OP ... By sheer hard work and perseverance! Still doing it!
     

  16. amagras

    amagras Strat-O-Master

    564
    Oct 26, 2016
    Ontario

  17. AndyFroncioni

    AndyFroncioni Strat-Talker Silver Member

    Age:
    57
    186
    Aug 14, 2017
    Montreal
    This makes more sense now, FP. Thank you for getting me started, btw.
     
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  18. thomquietwolf

    thomquietwolf Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
    76
    Dec 2, 2010
    Peardale CA
    Assuming I've improved
    Ah yeh...
    Moving right along then...

    My cat Charlie doesn't get up and leave...
    That must mean something????
     
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  19. nungesser

    nungesser The wrong men have the power turning my milk sour Strat-Talk Supporter

    Apr 28, 2014
    Ireland
    ah man I got it bassackwards i've been drinking beer and playing video games no wonder i'm not as good as you :eek:
     
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  20. heltershelton

    heltershelton ROCKIN FOREVER Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jun 5, 2013
    Not Florida
    you have to start the video game THEN get a beer(s).....thats the secret.
     
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