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    What's wrong with that?
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    I just look at my playing and see other players and feel bad about my playing
    Any advice or criticism is appreciated


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    Quote Originally Posted by 6stringerguy View Post
    I just look at my playing and see other players and feel bad about my playing
    Your playing is fine. Playing guitar is not a competition, people who think this have no idea about what music truly is. You have skills just enjoy what you are doing. You are on the right track.

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    I would suggest try not lifting your fretting fingers so high when doing those chromatic runs. Keeping your movements small will enable faster, more precise runs.

    Other than that, it doesn't sound bad. Keep at it, and in 6 months to a year, watch this video and see how you've progressed.

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    as for constructive criticism no reason to feel bad ever, be at one with where you are

    try using a metronome and playing slower stuff, you might find out you like non-shred music too ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by everdrone View Post
    as for constructive criticism no reason to feel bad ever, be at one with where you are

    try using a metronome and playing slower stuff, you might find out you like non-shred music too ;-)
    Have always been a fan of slower stuff like pink floyd
    But I just feel I should be playing better after playing for 11 or so months.


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    You've only been playing for 11 months? Dude, that sounds great!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lampy H View Post
    You've only been playing for 11 months? Dude, that sounds great!
    Really? I thought I should have progressed much further...


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    11 months is nothing. You sound fine.

    What I would say is notice what you always tend to play. Then, don't play that. Learn music you wouldn't normally listen to. Play clean for a month straight, and work on technique and form.
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    There's nothing inherently wrong with your playing, not at all. You sound fine, especially for 11 months in.

    People ask me how long it takes to learn to play guitar somewhat proficiently. I tell them 18-24 months to get the basics down (and that's if you practice a LOT) and a lifetime to master. You never stop learning or trying to get better, but you gotta do it for yourself.

    Divide your guitar time between uncommitted jamming/improv/riffing, learning material you like (woodshedding) and focusing on specific technique or theory that you want to improve. You'll be fine. Practicing to a metronome or a backing track will do wonders for your playing, especially when it comes time to play in the studio or with a band.

    Keep up the good work, man!

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    Quote Originally Posted by B2D View Post
    There's nothing inherently wrong with your playing, not at all. You sound fine, especially for 11 months in.

    People ask me how long it takes to learn to play guitar somewhat proficiently. I tell them 18-24 months to get the basics down (and that's if you practice a LOT) and a lifetime to master. You never stop learning or trying to get better, but you gotta do it for yourself.

    Divide your guitar time between uncommitted jamming/improv/riffing, learning material you like (woodshedding) and focusing on specific technique or theory that you want to improve. You'll be fine. Practicing to a metronome or a backing track will do wonders for your playing, especially when it comes time to play in the studio or with a band.

    Keep up the good work, man!
    Thanks man, sounds good


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    Lot's of great advice here so far.

    for 11 months your on your way man. However, since you asked for it here's a few things I noticed:

    -Small technique issues. I think your right hand position is going to cause you some issues going forward when playing fast palm muted stuff. Unfortunately this would be stuff I'd need to sit down with you with, can't really describe over a forum
    -Except for MOP, your timing was actually pretty good. When structuring practice make sure you put in some time for some work with a metronome. It's boring but man does it pay off. I wish more drummers did this...****, don't get me started.
    -Look for ways to 'streamline' your playing and practice doing power chords with your index and pinky. I saw many different fingerings and alot of unnecessary movement like someone else mentioned
    -Glad to hear someone jamming out some Dissection!!

    Keep on truckin' man! Your definitely on the right path it seems
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kamanda~SD View Post
    Lot's of great advice here so far.

    for 11 months your on your way man. However, since you asked for it here's a few things I noticed:

    -Small technique issues. I think your right hand position is going to cause you some issues going forward when playing fast palm muted stuff. Unfortunately this would be stuff I'd need to sit down with you with, can't really describe over a forum
    -Except for MOP, your timing was actually pretty good. When structuring practice make sure you put in some time for some work with a metronome. It's boring but man does it pay off. I wish more drummers did this...****, don't get me started.
    -Look for ways to 'streamline' your playing and practice doing power chords with your index and pinky. I saw many different fingerings and alot of unnecessary movement like someone else mentioned
    -Glad to hear someone jamming out some Dissection!!

    Keep on truckin' man! Your definitely on the right path it seems
    At least I didn't butcher dissection too much
    I struggle tremolo picking multiple strings at once


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    The simple fact that you're asking about your playing to begin with is great. I've been playing for five years, learning mostly Metallica. I've only recently (1-2 years) gotten to the point in which I can play any Metallica song with the album.

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    There's always a bigger fish, always a better player. Just think about what you want to be able to play and just keep practicing to achieve that goal. There's lots of advice to bee found on here for pretty much any style of playing and technique imaginable. I've been playing for 13 years, joined the forum over 10 years ago so this forum has been a huge help and inspiration on my playing and tone. There are some real critics here and you know what?


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    Everyone has bad days/weeks and years.

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    You are doing great, just keep working at it, look at yourself and see the progress you have made from where you started from. It takes time, if it were easy everybody would be doing it. keep it fun and practice ,practice,practice. keep up the good work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 6stringerguy View Post
    Really? I thought I should have progressed much further...


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    If it helps, Iíve been playing for 30 years and always thought I was a pretty good player. Iíve played hundreds of gigs and even a couple of pretty big ones (for me). About 6 months ago I decided to take lessons again. My new teacher has got me doing a lot of ďfixing bad habitsĒ. Iíve also been feeling pretty bad about my playing. Some of the things Iím working on are things that should have been learned 25 years ago. Some days I struggle to play what should be simple concepts.
    But I guess we all have our guitar playing mountains to climb. I feel like I should be a better player than I am too. And itís not like Iím a bad player, I just feel like after all these years I should be the balls. And Iím not. Itís been humbling.

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    Its a continuous climb to the top whatever that is. Everyone on this forum is climbing to get to the top of that mountain, none of us will reach the top but trying to get there that's the goal that keeps us moving forward. We are all at different levels in our abilities to play such a great instrument. Enjoy it be happy with yourself at what you have achieved, take one day at a time and keep moving forward. There is no competition here, the only competition is within yourself.
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