Bad guitar habits

Discussion in 'V.C.'s Parlor' started by SonicGreyBeard, Oct 26, 2021.

  1. SonicGreyBeard

    SonicGreyBeard Squier Talker

    Oct 20, 2021
    Melbourne, Florida
    I've fallen into this habit of laying in my bed playing guitar.

    1. My neck strains because I'm usually having to peek at the fretboard.

    2. I'm noticing numbness in my hands and wrists.

    3. It affects my technique negatively. I can't pick lying on my back so I use my fingers. I need to practice with a pick.

    Bass sometimes gives me bad trigger finger (pinky) if I really dig in and am jamming for hours. Bass is more physical but I didn't feel like I was getting carpel-tunnel when I played.

    I set up a practice space with a comfortable chair (the one in my avatar) and as soon as I was done I lay down on my bed and played my guitar as if on auto-pilot.

    Feel free to post your bad habits. I might have habits that I don't even know are bad yet. I don't know what I don't know.
  2. Luvs2yoko

    Luvs2yoko Squier-holic

    Jan 19, 2014
    Turning on the T.V. Ok if I am just noodling, but if I have to focus I get easily distracted.
  3. An interesting gimmick if you were giging. Imagine the look on the faces in the audience if you walked out on stage, laid down on a bed for a set.

    My bad habit is not spending anywhere close to what I should playing. :(
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  4. fattboyzz

    fattboyzz Dr. Squier

    Nov 29, 2017
    Newnan ,Ga.
    My bad habit is sitting instead of standing .
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  5. JurnyWannaBe

    JurnyWannaBe Squier-holic

    Feb 14, 2019
  6. Eddd

    Eddd Squier-holic

    Nov 20, 2019
    Bed is for sleeping.
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  7. MrYeats

    MrYeats Dr. Squier Platinum Supporting Member

    Dec 28, 2017
    South Texas Coast
    Are you sure it is the guitar that you are playing with?
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  8. 5ofeight

    5ofeight Squier-holic

    Nov 14, 2016
    My guitar bad habit is I will keep trying to play the blasted thing..
  9. Hadronic Spin

    Hadronic Spin J Squier, Esquier Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 27, 2021
    Los Angeles
    So you're married, too..........o_O

    Anyway, back to topic.

    The one thing that stands out for me is my proclivity for keeping my pick too close to the strings during and after picking and strumming, thus muting bends, vibrato and whatever else I can muff up by not clearing the strings with my pick.

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  10. Eddd

    Eddd Squier-holic

    Nov 20, 2019
  11. MrYeats

    MrYeats Dr. Squier Platinum Supporting Member

    Dec 28, 2017
    South Texas Coast
    My pick is built into the end of my finger.
  12. JohnnyMac

    JohnnyMac Squier-holic

    Mar 5, 2018
    Front range Colorado
    I need to learn to strap up and stand when I play. I been playing casually at home for many years and probably have stood to play no more than a handful of times. I tried it recently and found I played better, had a better feel for where I was on the fretboard and moved and felt the music more. I did feel a little silly groovin’ and movin’ and probably made some guitar faces that I’m sure I don’t do when I sit.
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  13. grizzlewulf

    grizzlewulf Squier-holic

    Dec 11, 2020
    Lucerne, California
    My bad habits:

    Lazy chord shapes. I mash things instead of fingering them properly (big clumsy fingers). Never got good at using my pinkie for lead stuff (saw a Django Reinhardt video and decided not to sweat it :) ). I dig in with my pick too deep and smack pickguards/pickups. Can't finger pick with my thumb to save my life. My Music theory knowledge peters out somewhere around 7#9 chords, get more complicated than that and I'll go crosseyed and pass out.

    Other than that I'm a consummate pro, I'll play anything you want lol
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  14. Oldguitarguy

    Oldguitarguy Squier-holic

    Mar 2, 2019
    1) not practicing and perfecting songs I play from beginning to end;
    2) jumping around in the learning process from riff to riff because it’s fun;
    3) playing different guitars without focusing on a favorite to become familiar with one neck;
    4) playing different amps without fully exploring one to be fully familiar;
    5) not learning more scales and leads and playing too much rhythm;
    6) playing guitars before completing a really detailed set-up;
    7) not playing at least a little every night;
    8) not trying to learn to sing when playing;
    9) not optimizing picking direction;
    10) not finishing mod projects and leaving them pending;
    11) I can go on…
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  15. grizzlewulf

    grizzlewulf Squier-holic

    Dec 11, 2020
    Lucerne, California
    Half of these I don't even think are bad qualities, but in particular: There's not a dang thing wrong with specializing in rhythm guitar and getting really good at that. The world needs more good rhythm players honestly. Angus gets the spotlight, but Malcolm was the secret sauce
  16. Randall E

    Randall E Squier Talker

    Oct 3, 2021
    Central California
    I was going to bring this topic up. But since you mentioned it. My bad habit is: On bad days I do not play any of them at all. On days I guilt my self into it, I play each for ten minutes. On days I'm in the groove I will play two of them for an hour each. Anyone else have a similar issue?
    Last edited: Oct 26, 2021
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  17. grizzlewulf

    grizzlewulf Squier-holic

    Dec 11, 2020
    Lucerne, California
    For me it's usually more to do with what my schedule affords me
  18. stratelespaul

    stratelespaul Squier-Nut

    Apr 25, 2012
    South Central Los Angeles
    Patient complaint:
    Doctor, it hurts when I do "this".
    Doctor response:
    Don't do that...
    That'll be $80.00
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