I think I like too many styles

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I think I like too many styles

#1 Post by dzdncnfsd » Tue Jul 19, 2005 8:52 pm

Here's my problem, I like listening to and playing just about every type of music out there. I know there are a few genres I dont like, but I love playing most kinds. The thing is, I have a really hard time developing proficiency in all of those styles, because I only have so much time in a day. For example, I want to learn to play celtic acoustic fingerstyle stuff, but at the same time I want to learn scratch funk guitar, neo-classical shred, and country chicken pickin. How am I supposed to distribute my time so that I can grow in each of these fields (and many others...)?

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#2 Post by jmchambers5 » Tue Jul 19, 2005 9:23 pm

Try spending half of your time playing whatever you want and then use the other half to focus on a certain style. Keep spending half of your time on that same style until you feel proficient at it, then move on to something else. Make sure to maintain your skill at whatever style you chose first, but focus more on the next style. Don't forget to have fun. I'm a jazz major and I kind of forgot that music is supposed to be fun, and just recently remembered it, and I'm sitting in my room playing along with an old blues record, something I haven't done in years, and it's fun.

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#3 Post by NatiFable » Wed Jul 20, 2005 8:24 am

Nothing wrong with getting into alot of different styles. Do you just want to be able to play alot of genres, or do you want to meld them all into your own style? I think that would work the best-Take all this great music you are listening too and incorporate it all into your own voice.

You know, there are so many musicians that dedicate hours and hours to the instrument and don't after awhile, improve very much. Getting into different styles exposes you to alot of great music/challenges. I'm always take people saying they practice 18 hours a day, with a grain of salt. If there is such a thing as a 'cap' or 'ceiling' on ones ability to say play fast then you will get to it pretty fast practicing that much-then what? When you work in other styles you open up new voicings, techniques, ect that you can utilize in your own music.

Just plan out your weeks-Get in some 'quality' time playing the styles you want to really learn, and touch on the others that you feel you have down. You'll do fine, best of luck and post some music.

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#4 Post by tappingg3 » Wed Jul 20, 2005 11:16 am

:lol: , I've that problem as well and I decided to do 1 at a time, I have (if I don't get hit by a car :lol: ) over 50 years to do so.

Having preference for many genres is a magnificent experience, it expands your horizons and introduces you to a new whole culture..

I used to bea metal-head, but with the time I got bored of the same sound (i didn't quit metal though 8) ) and got into more things. My taste know ranges from folk-world music to electronic.

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#5 Post by Shade » Wed Jul 20, 2005 1:06 pm

I'm into Korn, Steve Vai, Yanni, Enya, Metallica, Kansas, Hammerfall, Third Day. There's a bunch more, but that's just some examples at how varied my tastes are. Okay, so Yanni and Enya don't play guitar but whatever, there's some really good melodies in their songs and it's fun to play along to!

Laugh if you must...but whatever, to each their own 8).

I really like what jmchambers5 suggested. Spend half your time playing whatever you want and then use the other half of the time to work on an area that you feel that you're not strong in.

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Re: I think I like too many styles

#6 Post by Penelope » Thu Jul 21, 2005 4:34 pm

dzdncnfsd wrote:Here's my problem, I like listening to and playing just about every type of music out there. I know there are a few genres I dont like, but I love playing most kinds. The thing is, I have a really hard time developing proficiency in all of those styles, because I only have so much time in a day. For example, I want to learn to play celtic acoustic fingerstyle stuff, but at the same time I want to learn scratch funk guitar, neo-classical shred, and country chicken pickin. How am I supposed to distribute my time so that I can grow in each of these fields (and many others...)?
This is the 64 dollar question isn't it?
Jack of all trades or master of one
That phrase has alot of meaning doesn't it. VERY few guitarists truely master more than a few styles and even a few is a lot. You need time to develope taste in all of these styles just like it took the masters of these styles time to master them in the first place. The masters of these genres usually live, breath , eat, drink, smoke, their one style and that's why and how they master it. You really need the time to develope in each style or else you will sound generic. Give each style you play alot of heart and remember to be your own worse critic. You are one of those guitarists that I REALLY respect( like Trey Spruance of Mr. Bungle) because you have a well rounded curiosity for so many styles and flavors. I think you will be a phenominal writer with your influences so just try, try, try, and most importantly, don't worry about the VERY difficult techniques of each style unless it is in your nature, and if it is in your nature then PRACTICE alot. :!:

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#7 Post by James W » Thu Jul 21, 2005 5:28 pm

Some styles are easier than others. For instance, it would much easier to master funk and neo-classical, than say funk and nylon-string classical because they are just so different.

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#8 Post by mi2tom » Thu Jul 21, 2005 5:45 pm

Hey guys
It's better to be playing in many styles than just to stick to one style. Being so you won't get boring with your playing :P

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#9 Post by BajoElSol » Sat Jul 23, 2005 4:15 pm

I'll Tell ya, if you learn Celtic fingerpicking styles then it will help your technique a great deal and open up the doors for your other styles.

You should learn some of Tony Mcmanus's stuff, which uses the D A D G A D tuning, or even some of David Russell's Celtic arrangments, these are classical guitar arrangments for Celtic tunes, so that way you will kill two birds with one stone and learn both at the same time.

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Re: I think I like too many styles

#10 Post by ultrazone_seeker » Sat Jul 23, 2005 9:41 pm

Penelope wrote: Jack of all trades or master of none
That phrase has alot of meaning doesn't it.
the other side of the coin (in my mind at least) is that although you won't be anywhere near as proficient in any one style as a specialist, the sum total of your musical ability and vocabulary will be more than the sum of its parts. never forget how much common ground different styles can actually have, even if the end product sounds almost completely different. and then there's the other obvious thing (sort of mentioned already) that you can then go about making something from one style relevant to another even if it's not.

anyway, there's no reason to deprive yourself of something you want. your only hassle is going to be focus (again, as already mentioned - the "50% of your time" plan sounds good). and one final thing: is there anything that touches on two or more different styles you're into?

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