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Re: losing confidence
7/9/2007 3:32 AM
Andy Wood (5136) wrote:
You are probably being a bit unrealistic in your expectations. It
takes a lot of time to do justice to the solos you are trying to
play. Many young players can play a lot of things after two years,
but they will not be playing it like a seasoned player. Great
playing is about more than notes, it's the whole range of little
expressive things you do that make a great player.
I think you should concentrate on getting your skills in order in
a more methodical way. Practice your scales, arpeggios, picking,
sweeps etc. Work on expression, clarity and nuances.
It can be like banging your head against a wall if you constantly
practice the same songs but you haven't developed the skills you
need to play them.
It's a myth that the best way to learn a song is to play that song
until it sounds good! You are far better off exposing yourself to
a large variety of things and practising different things which
raises your overall set of skills. Then you can come back to these
songs and try again. You can also ruin a favorite song for
yourself by slogging away at it for years.
Also, and Chris said, play slowly when learning anything and
speed it up gradually! Don't be in a hurry.