originally posted by: Shepard64
a reply to: -Thom-
hey thom thanks for your input, very helpful. I do get bored with what I do know how to play so I like the idea of switching up styles but I feel I
haven't mastered what I know. I may be over thinking it, maybe I should just shut up and keep playing lol
this is no replacement for basic lessons and i am a firm believer that playing with other people will only make you better. about getting bored.
just stick with it. boredom will happen if you want to play certain songs but dont have the ability. thats what happens to a lot of people and then
they stop. if you really want to play then crawl before you walk.
learn the basics. practice them... learn the basic chords and practice them. practice staying in time.
i got bored to when i started years ago. i didnt want to play green day riffs and day tripper.
i wanted to play buckethead and frank zappa and paul gilbert.
you have to work to get there.
dont make the mistake of trying to learning 20 different scales. dont make the mistake of picking up a book with 1,000 chords in it. it will just
confuse you and stall you. sure, the chords in the book are technically/mathematically correct but you will never use them. the finger positions and
stretches make no sense.
make sure you are in tune all the time. you need to train your ear as well.
it just depends on who you ask.
there are virtuoso like guitar players out there that really dont know any theory at all.
van halen is awesome(i can appreciate what he can do... its just not for me) and he is not mr music theory.
angus young(not a virtuoso) can play his ass off too. no theory to speak of.
then you have guys like joe pass, paul gilbert, buckethead, guthrie govan etc that are encyclopedias of music theory.
do you want to improvise? want to switch through modes? want to be able to jump on stage and go from rock to jazz? in that case yeah, you should
probably learn some theory.
do you want to just jam alone or with a couple people? do you want to just feel it and have a good time and sound awesome? theen you probably dont
need to worry about it.
personally, i was never content with only playing other peoples music. i needed to understand how it worked. i needed to understand what i was
hearing.. i needed to know how to get the music out of my head and onto the fret board. so, i became a music theory junkie.
turns out i wind up in a work accident, shred my left hand, lose a finger and cant play anymore at all.
i dont think i can stress learning chord shapes enough. once you master the most used say, 15-20 chords then you can start to break them down. learn
the root/tonal center. learn the intervals between each of the notes and how/why it makes up whatever chord you are working on.
lots of people have made a career with not really being able to play well in my opinion.
they are sloppy and they miss notes.
people like angus that live in breathe in the pentatonic scale..... meh
look at any number of 'punk' style bands and see how much they really dont know...
power chords galore. sloppiness.
i guess thats the point with that music but i am into musicianship.
for the most part if so and so does not really know their instrument then i wont listen...
i listen to a lot or music and a lot of generas but i am a bit of a snob