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by MarkRobinson
Wed May 09, 2007 1:47 pm
Forum: Techniques, Playing Styles and Music Theory
Topic: What works for YOU as a practice routine?
Replies: 24
Views: 5864

Playing what I feel like playing when I feel like it for the most part. Sometimes I'll get an idea of something that needs doing or I need to work something up for a gig so I just work on those things whenever I pick up the guitar. The only time I schedule a regime is if I have a demanding gig comin...
by MarkRobinson
Wed May 09, 2007 1:45 pm
Forum: Techniques, Playing Styles and Music Theory
Topic: bumblefoot and the thimble
Replies: 6
Views: 1807

Given it a fair try in my time. :) Figured its Ron's thing though so I don't use it unless I'm trying to sound like Ron.
by MarkRobinson
Thu Apr 19, 2007 1:25 pm
Forum: Techniques, Playing Styles and Music Theory
Topic: Book with all chords!!!"
Replies: 8
Views: 4345

It would be far more benificial to learn how chords are constructed and become profficient in the application of your knowledge on the guitar. Guthrie's first book is a good one for this I seem to remember...
by MarkRobinson
Mon Apr 09, 2007 4:36 pm
Forum: Techniques, Playing Styles and Music Theory
Topic: Remembering note placement
Replies: 4
Views: 1534

The quickest way to do it: 1) Write all the notes down in a random order 2) Take each in turn and play it on every string as quickly as possible, you'll hear if you're going wrong (assuming you get the first one right!) 3) When you get good at this do it to a metrenome Five minutes a day, twice a da...
by MarkRobinson
Mon Apr 09, 2007 4:33 pm
Forum: Techniques, Playing Styles and Music Theory
Topic: How do you Maintain your chops on the road?
Replies: 20
Views: 5304

You'll find you've slowed down by approximately 78% and it will take at least two years to regain that speed. In addition to this your timing will be up the wall and your vibrato will sound like crap. Some people never regain these abilities...others but only with conceited effort. :D Relax. I had t...
by MarkRobinson
Mon Apr 09, 2007 4:28 pm
Forum: Techniques, Playing Styles and Music Theory
Topic: What makes a guitarist a guitar Virtuoso?
Replies: 42
Views: 11792

Words fit the definition YOU give to them and more often than not are very flexible by nature. Ask a hundred people to define the word "virtuoso" in other words and they'll likely all come up with different things... To me its about control of your instrument and freedom to make whatever sounds you ...
by MarkRobinson
Tue Feb 06, 2007 5:22 am
Forum: Techniques, Playing Styles and Music Theory
Topic: Need help reading music.
Replies: 9
Views: 2252

For the method behind the madness, buy Guthrie Govans Creative Guitar Book 1.

Then buy some sheet music and practice! :D
by MarkRobinson
Mon Feb 05, 2007 1:47 pm
Forum: Techniques, Playing Styles and Music Theory
Topic: What Guitar Strings to Use?
Replies: 30
Views: 7520

Slinkys are fine. Always done the job for me just nicely. You may wish to try out other brands to see if something suits you better but I always went with the motto of "if something aint broke..."
by MarkRobinson
Mon Feb 05, 2007 2:12 am
Forum: Techniques, Playing Styles and Music Theory
Topic: TEACHING GUITAR
Replies: 15
Views: 3409

OK. With ALL new students, the best thing you can do is to capture their enthusiasm for the instrument. Now the typical student has a favourite genre/band/song/album that they are absolutely passionate about and most picture themselves being able to play these songs to friends/on stage whatever. Ima...
by MarkRobinson
Mon Feb 05, 2007 2:05 am
Forum: Techniques, Playing Styles and Music Theory
Topic: Bumblefoot Style file at alloutguitar.com
Replies: 7
Views: 1572

Not yet but thanks for reminding me. :D If you check out www.alloutguitar.com now you'll find other very good lessons up there however, including string skipping arps, one on some mental aspects of playing and stuff on surviving band playing. I'm starting up a series on learning from saxaphone playe...
by MarkRobinson
Sat Feb 03, 2007 4:59 am
Forum: Techniques, Playing Styles and Music Theory
Topic: TEACHING GUITAR
Replies: 15
Views: 3409

I'm busy preparing for a gig tonight, I'll post a considered reply for you tomorrow....including how to teach girls and make them enjoy it/stick at it. MOST (not all) are a different species TRUST ME! :)
by MarkRobinson
Fri Feb 02, 2007 5:55 am
Forum: General Music Discussion
Topic: My Favourite Things...
Replies: 7
Views: 1103

Coltrane is the man. Straight up. To my mind there have only been a handful of improvisers that could get close to touching him.
by MarkRobinson
Fri Feb 02, 2007 5:53 am
Forum: Techniques, Playing Styles and Music Theory
Topic: Time management..
Replies: 23
Views: 3748

Nine hours per day? Maybe....maybe not. That much practice might actually be detrimental... but not always. You get out what you put in is the GCSE (or high school) way of looking at it. There's actually a lot more going on. Take the following analogy: Two people living in Ireland want to get to Rus...