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...from looking at this progression, how I am supposed to know the timing (3/4 or 4/4?), the measure breaks, when to change chords, or even the timing when singing... You don't! The chords merely constitutes a guide for those who already know the song, i.e. the melody, the meter ("timing") and style. From a perspective of conveying a song to someone ...


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Keep playing it 8 - 10 times until you mess up. Then play something else for a few minutes, then go back to your 8 - 10 times. After a few days of that it should grow to 9 - 11 times and then 10 - 12, etc. At some point you'll be spacing out while doing it and then look down and see you're just playing it without thinking. Then you'll be amazed that you're ...


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I had the same issue a while back and concluded it was due to the fact that I was tilting the guitar too much; the fretboard was (slightly) oriented towards the sky, to make it easier to see where my fingers where on the neck. This resulted in my strumming hand strumming the thin strings much harder than the thicker strings when playing a downwards strum. I ...


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Practice your guitar in bed at night, with the lights off, and try to find the same note over and over consistently. This will help map your physical muscle memory to your guitar. Secondly, take the chord you know the best, like an Am or EMaj or CMaj usually. Finger this chord to the best of your abilities without looking, only by feel. Strum it a few ...


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A strumming pattern is a technique for playing a rhythmic pattern. Most simple rhythms are best played with the strumming pattern you describe because this is the best way to keep your rhythm accurate. As for picking patterns, it is not silly at all. It is crucial that you learn the most mechanically efficient way to execute sequences. For instance: ...


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If you are playing a song that has four beats in a bar (it's in 4/4 time), you can easily strum on each beat of the bar with a down-strum. By using only down-strums you can play steadily, with an even volume. If you want to play twice as fast (in other words, play eight strums per bar), you can play in between the beats with an up-strum. Your right-hand ...


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A really good example might be Steve Vai - he is a master of the long, fast move or slide to a specific fret. With my current band, I wear a very restrictive mask with laser diodes shining out the eye holes, so my vision is extremely curtailed. To manage moves up and down my fretboard I use three techniques: a rapid slide (muted or unmuted) lets you ...


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They are part of LEGATO playing, along with bends and slides. They SHOULD provide smooth transition from one note to the next. Picked notes generally have an edge to them, so all sound 'attacked'.Whereas hammered-on and pulled-off notes will sound a little more gentle. They are being produced by skin rather than a piece of plastic. They mean that pick ...


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Several things to try. Holding the pick so there's only a tiny tip showing. Trying a thicker/thinner pick. Holding the pick more gently so it can 'feather' each way.Start slowly and build up gradually to speed. Practise just using the open string. Use a metronome to keep track of speed.Relax the wrist. Rotate the picking hand rather than use an up/down ...


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While, as said by the previous answers, such meters can normally be sudivided into little chunks, it is in my experience not a good idea to let this influence strumming patterns etc. to directly: this is prone to give exactly the experience that many people associate, dislikingly, with odd meters – a "jumpy" sound, as if something is just missing or ...


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@Mark is right on. You've gotta practice enough so you can do it without thinking, even without the instrument. My trick for getting there… play and read the news at the same time. It takes practice; at first you'll only be able to read a headline and then you'll mess up a chord, but eventually you can digest entire news stories while you're playing ...


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In addition to Grey's excellent answer, there's also hybrid picking, where a pick and fingers are used. Often, the pick is held between thumb and index finger (sometimes middle as well) and the remaining fingers can be used to pick strings, usually individually. This works well when the alternative is string skipping, as the hand doesn't need to be moving up ...


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I think that the problem you are having is not strumming parallel to the body of the guitar. If you can imagine the black line being the guitar body and the yellow line being the strings. You don't want you strumming to be in a arc but rather in a straight line. Imagine the silver line being the pick while you strum. You would want it to be more like ...


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Some extra bits to add to Bob's answer.Unless you're pretty good at changing chords, don't bother trying the second bar strum pattern, as the last up-strum gives you half the change time that you had in the first bar. A lot of self-taught guitarists get round this by doing the up-strum with open strings.In some keys you can get away with it. In most, it ...


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If all you have is the words and the chord symbol, then yes, you need to find out the melody first. There's no way to guess from just those pieces; although you could invent your own.


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If you have to do 2 or 3 things at a time, make sure you have to think about only one of them. So, in this case, really practice the guitar part until it goes automatically. Then, start to rehearse it together with the singing. Good luck!


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I suspect this may not be the answer you were hoping for, but here it is. Based on your question, I am going to assume that you are still learning some techniques and that you have not yet reached a level of advanced proficiency at the guitar, and that you are not an otherwise advanced player who is struggling with one specific technique. Please let me know ...


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The gypsy right hand technique revolves mostly around the so-called 'rest stroke'. The wrist is bent naturally, the upper arm rests on the top of the guitar. Every time a different string is hit, it's always a down stroke. The down stroke will rest on the string above it, hence, the 'rest stroke'. Down strokes are predominant. The action originates from ...


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Welcome to Music: Practice and Theory Stack Exchange. Your question is one I get often from folks in the beginning stages of learning to play guitar. You are absolutely correct in stating that knowing just the chords is not sufficient information to play the song in an authentic manner. The guitar (especially if played as a solo instrument) is a rhythm ...


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Play it on a very slow tempo where you can think of each motion, but still have at least some sense of the rhythm being played. Do that a couple of times, increase the tempo slightly and try to keep that up. Repeat that until you get the correct tempo. You got integrate it on a slow pace so that you dont program in those mistakes. Whenever you notice you ...


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Looks like the rhythm to Gloria by Van Morrison A drum machine might help you with this. just a little phone app one would do. Create a simple little pattern on it like this 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & h h h h h h h h b b b b h = closed hi-hat b = bass drum it'll be a bit monotonous but keep playing your strums on the bass drum. If you mess ...


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Neil has a great answer regarding strumming in a flat plane, and whether you make that happen using your elbow or your wrist doesn't matter, that will not only keep you from hitting the body, it will improve your tone. I'll talk about microphones and acoustic guitars, then: Capturing an acoustic is a big challenge. You want the right balance of rich string ...


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If you look at blind guitarist Raul Midon, you can tell is counting fret with his finger very rapidly when he has to do big jumps. For smaller jumps, just feel where you have to go in relation to the previous chord. I've also heard that French songwriter and guitarist George Brassens use to...saw marks into the back of the neck to have tactile points of ...


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You can definitely start slow, but go for precision here- these will not be difficult to play once you become a bit more proficient. There are some really fast songs with intermittent palm muting from bands like Al di Meola, Dragonforce and Yngwie Malmsteen - have a listen to them to see what is possible with practice.


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Uneven time signatures such as those not considered to be "duple" or "triple" time are typically sub-divided into groups of two and three. For example, 5/8 yields two common divisions = 2+3 and 3+2 Similarly, 7/8 yields 2+2+3, 2+3+2, 3+2+2, and 4+3 as common sub-divisions. Obviously, the measure can really be divided any way you wanted. So, 5+2 is also ...


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I used to have this trouble too - as a result I didn't use a pick (on a strat) for ages. I got around it by .. 1) using flexible picks - the Nylon Dunlop 60 grade work for me (lightish grey). This allows the pick to flap over the strings a bit more. That's personal choice of course. 2) Hold the pick not perpendicular to the strings (so that it hits the ...


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I think, as far as I can find, that as you say it is a bit of an overstatement for what it is. I think it is very similar to a typical flamenco style, with the only reference being to a guy quoted as "Amin Toufani". The only guy of a similar name who is a flamenco guitarist, is a guy called Amin Toofani, who is known for his youtube viral video ...


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It is normal that strings with higher notes dominate your play, lower notes are supposed to be background (unless you play something harder and play with power chords). You can of course control the sound and try to hit lower notes a bit harder - it's much easier when you use a guitar pick. So the best thing you can do is trying different methods ...


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I've found on this site that people tend to over-specify. And yes, the other answer is right, its for a legato feel. You're probably accentuating these hammer ons and pull offs more than is intended or letting them interfere with timing. Party the natural thing to do when transcribing from a recording is try to nail down the exact sound, including the ...



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