What's the Hardest thing about playing guitar?
Posted 27 November 2005 - 10:35 PM
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Posted 28 November 2005 - 08:15 AM
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Posted 28 November 2005 - 01:48 PM
I love the midi files Kirk provides with every lesson for helping there. Until I can play along with the midi files I don't even try to play along with Kirks recorded version.
I also tap my foot, pencil etc to any music playing trying to nail the 1. Practising with a click has helped too.
The funny thing is I did not realize how bad my timing was until I started to get better and actually listen to my playing. I knew how to play some great songs but my playing was unmusical....still a work inprogress. I'm sure it always will be but I think it is like most things in life, the satifaction and enjoyment comes from the journey not the destination.
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Posted 04 December 2005 - 08:33 AM
For me it is pulling together all of the knowledge and skills that I have to make my own music. I can't seem to make the connection. I practice everything, read everything, and listen to everything waiting for it to grab me. You know that "ah ha" moment. I"ll keep playing because I love it.
You want to write songs? The way I started was to begin with a chord progression. Almost any progression will do -- a 12 bar blues, for example. Or the classic progressions like C-Am-F-G or C-Em-F-G. Vary the progression any way you want, for example you might try C-Am-C-Am-F-G. Picking out particular strings can help finding a melody that goes with that progression.
Lyrics are another story entirely. Often the rhythm of the melody you wrote will suggest a lyrical rhythm and you find words to fit. Not always easy to write a good lyric, but the "feel" of the song is more important than the lyric alone. There are many great songs with fairly mundane or ordinary lyrics. Just keep trying.
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Posted 04 December 2005 - 04:41 PM
Posted 08 December 2005 - 11:24 AM
Even though I use a metronome at times and start out tapping my foot I find myself playing and then realizing I'm not tapping my foot or my foot is completely stiff. Then I wonder if I am keeping time which throws me off.
But then my wife, who has a classical piano background and who 'hates' hearing the metronome since she heard it every morning at 7:00 AM from 5 years old to her 20's, says "Don't worry you were keeping time." I'll trust her judgement.
By the way, my wife is the perfect example of parents who push their children into music. All those 30 minutes before and 2 hours after school practicing for over 15 years turned her completely off to the piano. She had the strict classical piano teachers who wouldn't let her noodle around. It is a shame since she is very talented.
Posted 08 December 2005 - 11:41 AM
Posted 08 December 2005 - 12:14 PM
She attended the old LA Conservatory of Music years ago and won many honors playing classical piano. She wanted to be an accompanist and learn jazz but they burned her out - "You have to be a soloist." Her childhood sounded like the "If you don't eat your meat you can't have any pudding!" Like playing at the Shrine Auditorium in LA before thousands and instead of compliments from family and teachers hearing "You missed a note in that piece" or "You should have done this or that."
I've lately been sitting down at our piano working out songs and have gradually got her to help me.
Sorry to diverge off the topic but maybe this might help some parents out there. Let them have fun and explore their musical talent.
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Even a small amount of tension robs you of your potential.
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