I now have a chance to put something right...

Discussion in 'Music, Theory, Tab and Such' started by sooper8, Apr 14, 2018.

  1. sooper8

    sooper8 Squier-Meister

    Mar 13, 2012
    I play the guitar and have done for a long time, but got into a bad habit of never playing/practising with a metronome or beat. The result is that I am very sloppy and struggle a bit when I do play along with others or when I record.

    I have just taken up playing the piano, and surprisingly , after the first couple of weeks am really progressing and think that my sparse guitar theory must have sunk in deeper than I knew.

    Anyway, the point of this thread is to say that I am practising with a beat/click/tracks most of the time to prevent me being sloppy on the timing. It's a tricky and I lapse back to freestyle noodling now and again as it is so relaxing. But I am aiming not to make the mistake I made on guitar of being lazy instead of structured practise.

    If you could go back and learn an instrument, what thing would you do different second time around?
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  2. Undone

    Undone Squier-Meister

    Feb 13, 2018
    I would have spent more time studying chord structure than scales and modes. Just my experience. So many two and three note vamps out there!
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  3. Triple Jim

    Triple Jim Squier-holic

    Feb 16, 2018
    North Central NC
    It's interesting that you mentioned piano. I studied classical piano for ten years when I was in 2nd through 12th grades. Later when learning Guitar, and even Morse Code, timing was second nature to me. I was talking to another ham via Morse Code once, at a fairly high speed, and he asked if I was a musician. He said he was, and that I was playing the rests perfectly, going on to say that when he hears good timing, the guy sending it is usually a musician.
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  4. DoctorBB

    DoctorBB Squier-Meister

    Mar 2, 2016
    Beaumont, TX
    Chord inversions and notes on a fretboard. Was in all-state choir in school and can sight read and sing it all day long. Finding the notes on a fretboard, that’s a different animal.
    Last edited: Apr 14, 2018
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  5. dbrian66

    dbrian66 Squier-holic

    Jul 14, 2017
    Maryland, USA
    Music theory and how to read music.
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  6. ElRey67

    ElRey67 Squier-holic

    Jan 10, 2016
    Chandler, AZ
    All of the above. I wish my parents would have steered me to piano or guitar or something musical. But I was a true artist as a kid. So I know they nurtured that with me. I drew and painted everywhere. Inside of closets, were 3 blank canvases for me. If you opened a closet in my house, you'd likely find a mural done in crayon and paint....like a huge BatMan or a football player or a Kiss member.
    But I digress.
    I would have liked to learn piano or guitar as a kid.
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  7. Lonn

    Lonn Administrator Staff Member

    Dec 19, 2009
    Carmel IN
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    My ancient RP100 has 30 drum loops. I sometimes put one on just for timing.
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  8. Redwhiteandblues

    Redwhiteandblues Squier-Meister

    Mar 28, 2018
    North idaho
    I struggle with timing as well my weakest point. I try and learn songs now with the backing track or along with the orignal.
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