Something I found really helpful for practice or playing

Discussion in 'General Music & Guitar Learning' started by luckylarry, Sep 14, 2020.

  1. luckylarry

    luckylarry Student Of The Blues

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    I have recently gone through some physical problems due to arthritis. As a result of a bad right wrist and left thumb I have had to approach my playing and practice differently. Without going into my obstacles, I want to share something I learned/discovered that has made a real difference in my approach to playing. Because I can't use much pressure with my thumb I have had to use as little pressure as possible for chords. As I eased the pressure I began to really like the sound. From there I started to play everything musically instead of just by rote.

    What I mean is I started to make everything flow musically. When I practice a scale for instance, instead of just playing the scale I sing it in my head or out loud. I try to make one note flow into the next and so on. Everything now has a melody and I can actually hear the connections between notes, phrases, etc.

    I hope some of you will try this and give feedback.
     
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    PapaRaptor The Central Scrutinizer
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    I could do that, but it could get really ugly in a hurry.
     
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    PapaRaptor The Central Scrutinizer
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    OK. After my last comment, I can say I sincerely admire you. You've come through a lot of hardship and health issues, yet you never give up and you keep improving. Good on ya, my friend.
     
  4. PapaBear

    PapaBear Guit Fiddlier

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    I try to spend some time trying to focus on touch, rather than manhandling the neck of the guitar, I find chord changes are much smoother the lighter I can get my touch and still fret cleanly
     
  5. arock

    arock Help! I'm a rock

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    Great suggestion. One of my biggest problem areas, and I have several, is squeezing the fret board too tightly. Good reminder to practice easing up a bit!
     
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    JestMe Student Of The Blues

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    Glad you have managed to work through your physical issues.

    This sounds like a good idea to me...I have been trying to use less force when playing too though oftentimes I forget and just play hard. I think a lighter touch is beneficial from a playing and a sound perspective and allows for more dynamics.

    Thanks
     
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  7. luckylarry

    luckylarry Student Of The Blues

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    Thanks everyone. I guess that my take away is that perhaps we all grip harder because we are concentrating on the form etc. so much we rush or push etc. when we need to just relax and let the music flow. Hope this makes sense to more than me. LOL
     
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