Do you do any unusual things to improve your playing?

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Re: Do you do any unusual things to improve your playing?

Post by mike.janel » Thu May 07, 2015 9:54 am

I often video record my practice sessions on my smartphone. Not only "performance practice" but also warmup, segments practice etc.
I review parts of them when I have 'dead time' and think what I should work on. It helps identifying problems, weak parts etc.
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Post by Phillips99 » Thu May 07, 2015 2:22 pm

Tapping out RH arpeggios and finger combinations while driving. Also, playing pieces backwards.
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Post by Ramon Amira » Thu May 07, 2015 2:33 pm

Denian Arcoleo wrote:It's definitely best with maple syrup. :mrgreen:
No wonder your treble strings sound sweet.

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Post by Ramon Amira » Thu May 07, 2015 2:37 pm

markodarko wrote:
Ramon Amira wrote:Not at all - I use a full length mirror and I play left handed.
Ah. Cunning. For portability you could attach a motorcycle mirror to your headstock. Would fit in the strings compartment of your case too, although you may need to get a left-handed case.

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Re: Do you do any unusual things to improve your playing?

Post by Ceciltguitar » Thu May 07, 2015 7:24 pm

Playing 2 guitars at once, for Mark in LA:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iQ8ml7eENuI

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Post by montana » Fri May 08, 2015 5:05 am

Ceciltguitar wrote:Playing 2 guitars at once, for Mark in LA:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iQ8ml7eENuI
That is...... :bravo: :desole: :bravo: :desole: :bravo: :desole: not sure what to make of it.

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Re: Do you do any unusual things to improve your playing?

Post by Glenn » Fri May 08, 2015 5:50 am

Nope. Once a certain level is reached, it is not about improving playing on a macro level but rather getting better at improving a piece. The problem with that is the amount of repetition and self analysis involved with one piece that one becomes "tired" of working on the piece. People don't like having to do the same thing a bunch of times in order to make it better. IMO there is no other way to improve a piece than to have a obsessive-compulsive desire to play it well. This means the tune must be played/practiced over and over again on a daily basis as if nothing else mattered until you really need a break from it.

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Post by rojarosguitar » Fri May 08, 2015 6:17 am

Ceciltguitar wrote:Playing 2 guitars at once, for Mark in LA:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iQ8ml7eENuI
The best guitar link ever :mrgreen: :lol:
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Post by markodarko » Fri May 08, 2015 6:19 am

Pah ha ha! Excellent. :-D so, which luthier on here will be the first to build a v-configuration double neck classical guitar?
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Post by Pat Dodson » Fri May 08, 2015 10:42 am

markodarko wrote:Pah ha ha! Excellent. :-D so, which luthier on here will be the first to build a v-configuration double neck classical guitar?
Yes, someone please do it! It'd keep this forum buzzing for a decade. Think of the possibilities for comparisons to argue over! Cedar vs Spruce, Maple vs IRW, 650 vs 640, raised fingerboard vs cutaway, flat vs radiused, Rodgers vs Alessi, lined vs unlined sides, right handed vs left handed...... :mrgreen:

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Re: Do you do any unusual things to improve your playing?

Post by rikart » Wed May 13, 2015 7:43 am

Close my eyes. It's amazing how they can blinker your hearing, and, paradoxically, blind you to the sounds you're really making. So, close your eyes, and dazzle your ears.
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Re: Do you do any unusual things to improve your playing?

Post by Joe de V » Wed May 13, 2015 3:33 pm

I do not know if this is unique but I try to learn and play well one full "line" - usually five bars - at a time before I move on to the next "line" of music. I have also found that doing it this way I almost always can memorize the shorter pieces without looking at the music.

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Post by Kev. » Thu May 14, 2015 10:20 am

Sometimes I listen rather than just hear...

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Re: Do you do any unusual things to improve your playing?

Post by curtis e allen » Thu May 14, 2015 10:00 pm

Maybe not that unusual but I keep a journal of my practice sessions, especially when I am gearing up for a performance.
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Re: Do you do any unusual things to improve your playing?

Post by twang » Tue May 19, 2015 7:44 pm

About the time this thread began I started playing barefooted. I've come to like the feel of the floor as I tap time and the slapping sounds I can make when I need a bit more ooomph. Oh yeah, and it reminds me to relax and not clench my toes.
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