What are you (re)Learning?

August 2019 is the first KVR Guitar Month so here's a new forum for discussion of all things guitar!
KVRAF
6146 posts since 20 Jan, 2008

Post Sat May 08, 2021 8:15 am

I played Travis style in my younger years but put it away because I didn't see it applying to reallife playing at the time. Every once in awhile I try to relearn it. (Like 3 years ago) I came across this yt video and got hooked again.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xrc5J99vnQc
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KVRAF
2449 posts since 20 Mar, 2012 from Babbleon

Post Sat May 08, 2021 8:18 am

i am learning that only giggles matter.
and adrenaline rush too.
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KVRAF
2449 posts since 20 Mar, 2012 from Babbleon

Post Sat May 08, 2021 8:20 am

hey, it does happen while learning a song on the guitar?
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addled muppet weed
80545 posts since 26 Jan, 2003 from through the looking glass

Post Sat May 08, 2021 8:47 am

scales. bit rusty on note/neck after most of winter unable to do much guitar :(
stupid pain.

KVRist
114 posts since 4 Aug, 2020 from Montreal, Canada

Post Sat May 08, 2021 9:18 am

Finishing the final 50 pages of William Leavitt's A Modern Method for Guitar. Can't believe how fast I can learn!

My 'native' instrument is piano/keyboard but I love playing guitar the more I practice.

KVRAF

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6146 posts since 20 Jan, 2008

Post Sat May 08, 2021 10:20 am

Here is a thing about learning in the abstract. If you learn something in a song you might have it for that song and nothing more. If you learn something as a method or approach you have that method which will sustain you making other songs of the same vein easier and you'll be more likely to use those same approaches / techniques to write your own material.



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William Leavitt's A Modern Method for Guitar.

When I was studying standard notation I was handed Melodic Rhythms for Guitar 1st edition (1969) by William Leavitt. Some of the melodies were so corny I couldn't believe my ears. But by the time I'd finished all the exercises I could sight read melodies cold. It's something that most guitar players would never attempt these days. Pick up a sheet of music and play what is written whether you've heard it or not.
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KVRAF
2448 posts since 18 May, 2002 from up on Cripple Creek (CO)

Post Sat May 08, 2021 11:49 am

Actual chords. I've been playing for several years, but never bothered learning much more than power chords because it was all I really needed. Now that I'm at the point where I feel like an ok player otherwise, I feel kinda silly not even knowing cowboy chords.
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6146 posts since 20 Jan, 2008

Post Sat May 08, 2021 12:20 pm

That was my savings grace when I was in High School. I understood rhythm charts and could play a wide variety of chords. As a consequence I could figure out songs fairly quickly and easily. On the otherhand I was very insecure when it came to leads. I'd always be banished to rhythm guitar in various bands/duets because I had a bear of a time playing scales and solos.
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KVRAF
1847 posts since 11 Mar, 2003

Post Sat May 08, 2021 1:47 pm

Travis picking is where I'm at at the moment too.

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KVRAF
1500 posts since 27 Aug, 2004

Post Sat May 08, 2021 2:08 pm

I was (re)learning a few Hendrix songs on Rocksmith. They put a lot more effort into transcribing every subtlety of his playing, much more than other artists.
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KVRian
1303 posts since 2 Jun, 2003

Post Sat May 08, 2021 6:16 pm

Chemo in 2019 saved my life but left me with nerve damage in my hands and feet. I can play enough to accompany my singing, which was mostly all I ever did before. But what I've learned is that identifying what you want and being able to make it happen is skill. Being able to do it quickly enough that you don't see it as a process is talent.
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KVRAF
2653 posts since 28 Oct, 2007 from michigan

Post Sat May 08, 2021 6:19 pm

working on my right hand
- I've spent x-amount of years concentrating on the fretboard(harmony/positions/thumb placement/scales/etc) . . . what happens when I work more on the strum/fingers ?
for me ; interesting s**t at the moment
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6146 posts since 20 Jan, 2008

Post Sun May 09, 2021 7:50 am

Larry Carlton says that after he gets off a long tour he puts down the guitar for a few months and all of his chops whither. He does it so they don't become stale even though he hates the work to bring them back. Still not as bad as chemo or a heart attack.

A buddy of mine is a known jazz guitarist. He's been on downbeat and several other national jazz magazine covers. He decided after decades of not skiing that he'd hit the slopes. Broken bones everywhere it took almost a year to get his chops back. The next year he had a heart attack. Lost all of his chops and it took almost 2 years to be able to play at a proficiency level to where he could play in front of others. Never mind he still had to put food on the table and owned a guitar store. Determination paid off.

When the old ways don't work for you, consider new ones.
Pat Martino also had a heart attack and had to relearn everything. Martino charted his own jazz path with "Sacred Geometry of Scales" Pushing theory in practice beyond Coltrane. When trying to rebuild he had to focus on what he could do. He opted for reharmonization but the melodies/solos were derived from one scale the minor 6 pentatonic (1-b3-4-6) he'd superimpose and transpose the scale modally over various complex harmonies. The public even many jazz aficionados just thought it was Pat.

If it doesn't have a challenge value what's the worth? Then again why push all that hate and frustration on yourself? Kind of like Chess, f=15&t=557785&p=7980624&hilit=chess#p7980624
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KVRer
2 posts since 29 Dec, 2020

Post Sun May 09, 2021 7:34 pm

I've recently been relearning to visualise the fretboard, this time in terms of individual notes forming intervals in relation to the current chord's root note.

KVRer
29 posts since 14 May, 2021

Post Fri May 14, 2021 4:39 am

Basically trying to relearn everything. It's been a couple of decades since I played regularly, and even back then I didn't really know much outside of cowboy and power chords.

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