PRACTICE TIPS, TECHNIQUES, ESCETRA
Posted 20 June 2012 - 04:26 PM
I was never much good at playing instruments in any conventional fashion, probably because I wasn't dedicated to a practice routine. I wanna change that because I've always wanted to write folk & other not-weird music along with my usual stuff, & that's just too hard to do if you have to plot it out on a computer instead of just picking up a banjo & doin it.
So like, discuss playing instruments & how to get better at it. Singing counts as well.
So far I've mostly just been going on sites like http://www.8notes.com/ , figuring out what scales/chords a sheet music uses, then playing at a slow tempo until I get it right before moving up to proper speed. Piano (technically 80s preset keyboard) & guitar are my current main focus, & I'm looking for a place to practice vocals more regularly.
Posted 20 June 2012 - 05:01 PM
i'm quite good at playing piano but i need to learn theory and proper stuff so i'm quite the opposite. gotta learn but i guess i'm lazy, it would really help to learn that stuff though and it would be cool to be able to "jam"
Posted 20 June 2012 - 05:29 PM
Posted 20 June 2012 - 08:23 PM
Start writing melodies, arpeggios, chord progressions. Write and record lots and lots of songs while always trying to step up your game with every recording.
Also, it's really fun and good for learning to improve your improvisational abilities (as well as the above, working on your rhythm with a good clock) to jam with your favorite albums.
Posted 21 June 2012 - 03:42 PM
You have to play with other people. It's such a rich experience that will develop every element of your musicianship. You'll work your ears, your technique, your timing, your improvisation, your tone, and your listening ability. On top of this your imagination will flourish in the presence of others who you can interact with and get feedback from. Playing with other people is essential.
Posted 21 June 2012 - 08:33 PM
If you're ready and comfortable to keep up with musicians much better than you than by all means that's a great idea.