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comment Can't feel meter when playing
@Tod yeah, same here. If things get too complicated my foot stops or it starts tapping along with the syncopations... which is probably why I get lost in the first place. Strangely enough I can play some complicated syncopations that others I know have trouble doing even though they have a very strong sense of meter. I am getting much better though. There were even simple syncopated things that I used to not "feel" but now I do it and it's very easy(I don't have to think about when to "change"). So maybe there is hope and maybe it is just a matter of time...
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comment scales on the guitar
In fact, what you are calling wrong is due to your lack of formal education in music theory. Just become 99% of guitar music theory books say that a scale is 7 notes does not mean it is. What it means is that the theory is dumbed down for the masses. The key of C major contains 12 notes AND the full scale for C major is 12 notes. Just because we play patterns that contain 7 notes does not change those facts. If you cared to read further you would have seen that I explained the reason why we choose 7 note patterns... Thanks for giving a prime example of it...
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comment scales on the guitar
@ecline6: I'm sorry, but it shows how little you know about theory. Are you telling me you can't use C# in the key of C? tell that to Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, etc... Do you know what a key is? Do you know how a key is formed? Why a key exists?
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comment scales on the guitar
@Tim Generally this might be true but that is not always the case, also, other instruments can be supporting the higher tensions and it is not required. The point is not what sounds better but to understand the guitar. A G7add13 arpeggio does not mean you can't add the 9th and/or 11th but to have a visualization and connection to a chord function. It is easier to visualize the fretboard by combining basic building blocks. For example, G13 = G B D F A C E = G7 + Am = G + Fmaj7 = G9 + C. Hence, one doesn't have to learn some new G13 shape because it is just a combination of two similar shapes.
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comment scales on the guitar
@ecline6 I'm glad you're the self proclaimed expert, but if something is wrong at least you could back up your claims.
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comment Can't feel meter when playing
Here is probably the biggest problem. If I am tapping my feet. Left on 1 and 3 and right on 2 and 4 along with a song, metronome, or whatever... and I start to play some "complex" stuff, I can't keep the pattern up... same if I tap right right foot, hard, soft hard or toe heal toe heal... I know where the 8th notes are no problem, I know where the beats are, no problem(usually, unless a weird syncopation happens in which case my feet will tap too them and I'll be off on the meter), but simply can't feel the stresses of the meter, again, unless it is simple stuff or obvious.
Mar
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comment Can't feel meter when playing
I should say, if I play with a drum machine I can play on the 1 with no problem, on the 2, on the 3, on the 4... If I want to start a lick on 2 & I can do that without any big issue. Generally, I think it probably has to do with performance anxiety and having the melody internalized(I may be able to play a complex solo but it probably is more muscle memory than anything).
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comment Can't feel meter when playing
Well, I find not having issues with gaining or loosing a beat a curse since almost all music is in 4/4. I routinely create riffs in 7/8, 7/16, 5/4, etc... and I'll string along bars of 7/16, 5/4, 9/16, etc... I once did something in 31/32 ;/ I generally don't count in my head but usually listen to "events" to trigger when to come in... if that event is not there I generally won't come in properly. I do feel some things easily(and it is getting easier) but most things are not natural, specially syncopations(I feel them as meter changes it seems).
Mar
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comment Can't feel meter when playing
I've heard of this before and have tried it and have no problem with 8th notes but it gets hard for 16th notes but can do it. I've never practice it much though and it would help some what to practice it more. (it did help me play better on the &'s but maybe I didn't do it enough to help with the meter)
Mar
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comment Can't feel meter when playing
Here is a typical problem: Suppose I am playing a solo note for note. Suppose I have to adjust the guitar amp volume. I can't come back in with the solo in the right place. If I do not have to stop or get lost I have no problem. The steady(doesn't have to be uniform) stream of notes is what keeps me in time. It might just be an awareness issue but I would like some technical exercises that isolate the metrical problem that I can work on.
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comment Can't feel meter when playing
@WheatWilliams I am "fairly" advanced except for this issue which is why I said it seems to be the only thing keeping me back, assuming it is a fundamental problem. I most likely skipped over working on this stuff because it was "easy" but as I got into more complex technical matters(solo's with more notes or more complex passages with heavier syncopated stuff, or weird syncopated pauses/rests) these "cracks" in the foundation preventing me from progressing.
Mar
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comment Can't feel meter when playing
@Tony, Na, I think it's more of the: "If you can't do it then your a newb" mentality. Obviously if I'm having trouble at something then it must mean I suck/I'm a beginner. The reason why it is not an answer is because it doesn't solve the problem, beginner or not. If one is having difficulty feeling/counting the meter while performing there should be specific exercises to target this that I can work on that will lead me somewhere.
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comment Can't feel meter when playing
Your assumption that I just started playing guitar is wrong. It is not the complexity or the technique that is the problem. It happens when I improvise or when I perform a learned solo, which the problem only happens when I forget the a small part of the solo.
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