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Playing at the next level.



Playing at the next level.

I have been playing for about 3 years, most flatpicking. I can play first position chords, bar chords, and play scales with proficiency...but feel at best I am an intermediate player. When I listen to other players, they make the guitar sing...doing more with strumming, seemingly mixing or integrating strumming with single note picking (more than running baselines or simple Carter style). How do I take my play to the next level...is it just that I lack creativity or ingenuity...just don't have an idea how to put it all together?


Posted 9 months ago by Mike Lowell - 8 replies

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Just keep playing. Practice till your fingers bleed was the advice Frampton? gave. From what I am reading in interviews with great players it seems they all stress the importance of playing along with CDs and/or YouTube, etc. Listen, listen, listen, and then try to emulate!


Reply posted 6 months ago by Robert Pope


Just keep playing. Practice till your fingers bleed was the advice Frampton? gave. From what I am reading in interviews with great players it seems they all stress the importance of playing along with CDs and/or YouTube, etc. Listen, listen, listen, and then try to emulate!


Reply posted 6 months ago by Robert Pope


I'll add that I joined and internet amateur web site and décided to make some vidéos ... The point is It helps get more confident When you urge yourself to perform ! Cheers !


Reply posted 7 months ago by Marc Mony


I am also a rising intermediate player, but have been practicing along the lines of Jim's advice above and it seems to be working. I saw a Keith Richards' interview on youtube where he was responding to fans' questions. He also said, just keep picking and you'll see. There seems to be a lot of truth to that. From my personal experience, I would also say that focused attention on playing pays far more dividends than distracted practice, e.g., noodling while watching tv. It also pays off to pick a song that you really want to master and then stick with it until you can play along with the recording or your buddy. In the past, I had a tendency to put away a song when it was "good enough" and move to something new rather then really applying myself to correct the problem spots. That limited my development.


Reply posted 9 months ago by Peter Snow



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