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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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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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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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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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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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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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@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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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You ask several related questions here. The answer I would give to your first question, "Should I be learning groove skills if I am not even good at chords?" is yes, definitely! I'll get onto an explanation of what grooves are and how to practise them in a minute, but first let me explain my emphatic "yes" above. I'm guessing that you are just starting to ...


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It MAY be not your fault. The action on your guitar may be way too high. That's the height of the strings above the fingerboard.It could also be the strings are quite thick (heavy) and hard to press down.As a beginner, you may not know about these problems and their solutions.I suggest you try on other guitars, and also let an experienced player try your ...


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Firstly, keep practicing. Secondly it's about the way you grasp the neck. I've taught guitar for a while and to be honest I've noticed if the grip on the neck isn't right the chord won't come out at all and you'll get many dead notes. Make sure your wrist is relaxed. Make sure your thumb is behind the back of your hand like a bridge (but don't press too ...


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It sounds like you're having a problem with muting/damping. In order to stop the top strings from ringing out, you need to get good at dampening the strings with your right hand, or simply not hitting them at all, however The problem with this answer is that it's something that kind of comes with time, or at least it did for me! As far as exercises to ...


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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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All Tim's advice is great here. Just wanted to add: keep your pick perpendicular to (pointing towards) the front of the guitar, so it isn't pointing even slightly upwards or downwards. Often beginners get used to playing down-picks first, and having their pick pointing slightly upwards. This often causes the pick to get caught under the string on ...


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In fact this isn't just an issue for "unusual" time signatures. It is an issue when there is an odd number of notes in a phrase, which can happen in a 4/4 song, and is not always the case in a 5/4 song. Here is a common rhythm pattern in 4/4 with an odd number of notes: I've notated it with strictly alternating stroke directions, and you can see that if ...


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For picking I'm reading strumming. In a normal 4/4 bar song, the strum will be 4 down , with up-strums in between if you want. In 5/4 or 7/4 the same will apply, with down-strums on the beats and up-strums on the 'ands'. As jjm says, emphasis on the first of each split will keep a good rhythm pattern going. There should be no need to start a new bar with an ...


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Pretty standard, four to the bar works well. If you dial in this song on youtube , the Parkinson version, you'll see the guitarist is doing basically four in the bar, often with the second and fourth strum staccato. Occasionally there are little up strums to put a 'push' in. Lots of versions didn't appear to have rhythm guitar, so tacit might be the way to ...


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A few suggestions: The motion of plucking a string is not the same as thumb slapping. When plucking a string, the most economic way of agitating it is with a motion that is perpendicular to the string, in the same plane as the guitar top. This is how you naturally strum, and is also true when fingerpicking. Like a bow and arrow, when you pull back the ...


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A bit of an odd answer, but if you get a chance to play the Rocksmith game, there's an awesome mini-game "Dawn of the Chordead" where you have to play the right chord to mow down the advancing zombies. ( ...



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