Beyond the Fretboard: Choosing Your Battles on the Guitar, Part 2

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CBreen

I'm glad you enjoy it, thanks so much for reading!

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CBreen

Thanks for reading!

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RaijuMusic

Excellent column Chris. The rhythm point definitely hits home, as so much of even the most technical playing comes down to really feeling the pulse and being able to play around with the pocket. This type of thing separates the Rusty Cooley/MAB types from guys like Loomis and Friedman that use their insane technique in a way that really brings out the importance of the spaces in the music.

One thing that I would add, and would love your opinion on, is that I've found success focusing on a number of techniques simultaneously and in parallel, as opposed to just focusing on one at a time. For example, if sweeping and legato techniques were techniques I wanted to focus on, spending 50% of my time on each has borne better results than has focusing in on one until I get it right. An added bonus is that it makes one's playing more musical, since you can work at blending and synthesizing each technique.

Again, great post, I look forward to more!

Bobby
Guitarist, Composer at Raiju
raijumusic.bandcamp.com

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CBreen

I totally agree Bobby. I definitely thinks it's beneficial to practice multiple techniques in the same time span. Kind of similar to working out or weight training; You focus on a few key muscle groups on Monday, then train a different set of muscles on Tuesday. This approach also keeps your practice routines from becoming boring. Thanks for reading!

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mutbrain

Love your column.
Thanks! :D

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CBreen

I'm glad you enjoy it, thanks so much for reading!

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