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Author Topic: So... What's the thing (things?) that have improved you most as a guitar player?  (Read 5817 times)

Offline aleclee

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Workshops.  I attended National Guitar Workshop back in the day and spent a week this summer studying with Dave Martone at Guitar Workshop Plus.  Spending a week doing nothing but guitar and hanging out with musicians is a great way to get new woodshed material and find new motivation to practice.

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Offline MercySeat

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I would say for me that learning basic scales across the fretboard along with developing and understanding the use of emhasis and modes was a key point in my musical improvement. I'm still learning to be proficiant with modal playing but it's very satisfying as a musician to be able to understand what they are, why they're usefull and when they will sound good.
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Offline bembamboo

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ubo-as u said. switching off the distortion pedal.  i stopped using one, dumping fender brown, black and silver faces for ampeg stacks, in about 1970, 71.  since then it is power tube satuartion that gives sustain and crunch, but then the ever present battle with volume.

still might buy another fuzz face/eric johnson or the new 65 amps germainium pedals.  some day

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Offline ubo

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Actually since I came clean on my 1993 epiphany in terms of switching off my distortion pedal in a post back in 2013 on this thread, I've been taking guitar lessons for the first time in more than 30-years over the last 12-months and... who'd have thought but it's been the single biggest influence on improving my playing  :-\  Seriously though I've found a great teacher who's patiently allowing me to shed bad habits while learning about harmony and improvisation in a way that I'd always eschewed on the basis I'd find it boring when actually I was probably just intimidated (wrongly so).

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Offline jefsummers

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1. Turning up the amp (clean) so I and play softer and not dig in as much
2. Playing with TV (esp Palladium).
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Italia Mondial
Fender Std Strat w SCN pickups and GK2A
Epiphone Dot w SD Jazz/JB
Danelectro Hodad 12 string electric
Epiphone Gary Clark Casino
Fender Jaguar Players Custom HH
1963 Gibson Melody Maker
Various acoustics
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Offline Roland

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1. Listening to music
2. Practice
3. Playing in a band
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Offline syncopa

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Sitting on the couch with an acoustic watching tv. When a commercial comes on, learn the jingle before the commercial ends. It's especially cool when it's a Who song... They must have sold half their catalog to tv.
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