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Technical Proficiency
Topic: Technique Subtopic: General Level: Beginner Number of Readers: 73344

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Technical Proficiency

Many people tend to shun this topic. Some people make excuses for it, saying that creativity plays a much more important role. Whether or not creativity play a more important role, creativity won't mean a thing if you aren't able to play your creations with some level of technical ability.

On the other end, some people regard technical proficiency as the most important aspect of their playing. Many of these players like the idea of 'playing really fast'. There's nothing wrong with this, just don't let it control you.

This leads to the question of why we must develop our technical ability. We must develop our technical ability, so that we are physically able to play a song written down on a piece of paper, a song on the radio, or some musical idea in one's head. If the musical idea is very fast, but we are not able to play very fast, isn't it a shame that we can hear this, understand it, want to play it, but not be able to? But at the same time, just because we are able to play very fast, it doesn't mean that we have to take a musical idea, and then add all sorts of fancy stuff, and play it at a break neck speed.

Technical ability doesn't just mean being able to play really fast, although playing fast is an element of technical ability. It is everything that you must physically learn to do, from strumming, to two hand tapping, to changing chords, to legato runs, to playing with your teeth if you want to take it that far. And it is also how well you strum, or how well, you two hand tap, or how well you change chords, or how well you play with your teeth.

In general, technical ability should be used as a tool, through which we express the music that is in one's mind or from an external source, such as a written notation of a song. You can think of it as a machine, who's sole purpose is to make heard the music that you wish to make heard. After all, that's all a musical instrument is.



Questions
Question posted by Indrawan on 1999-11-27
I agree. Technical ability is nonetheless as important as every other aspects of playing a musical instrument. I've got questions. I think my hands is able to play fast, but my mind can't. When i play fast, i don't know what notes i play, for example a repeated run of a scale starting from different notes up and down. I really wish to correct this problem. And about legato runs. Joe Satriani did this technique greatly, and i wish to imitate it. I can go ascending scales quite easily, however when it comes to descending or mixed runs, it got complicated and i had to slow down. also descending notes doesnt sound as full and as even as ascending ones. Do you have any suggestions or advices?
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Question posted by bob on 2000-01-13
how do i palm mute?
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Question posted by Dan on 2000-01-17
can some one tell me how to get up to 1300 notes per miniute? I'm almost there but I just keep falling short by a couple hundred notes
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Question posted by CEM AYCAN on 2000-04-26
how do I increase my speed.I think that I am slow now.I want to play fast and good solos.Would you explain me how I play still got the blues solo's,when I start fast solos.and the last one.Are gam's inportant?thank you wll wait you?
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Question posted by rob mcconville on 2000-05-03
how do you know what key a song is in
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Question posted by rob on 2000-05-03
how do you know what key a song is in
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Question posted by AGUST on 2000-05-13
CAN YOU LET ME OR GIVE ME SOME GUITAR EXCERCISES
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Question posted by bora on 2000-06-08
how can kirk hammet play 12h15h19 wihtout holding his point finger from 12th fret in ONE's solo
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Question posted by Sean Humphreys on 2000-07-20
i can palm mute siting down but not standing up can you decribe how do do it standing up
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Question posted by Brian on 2000-08-26
What is And how do you do a pinch harmonic?
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Question posted by garbage on 2000-08-27
hello.......what r u trying to say in this technical proficiency? u r more general ......can be be specific about what u mean?
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Question posted by Archloaff on 2000-10-19
I've read that one of the keys to developing speed is keeping your fingers as close to the strings as possible. My fingers don't want to do it. Does anyone know any techniques that may help?
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Question posted by Al on 2000-10-24
what the hell is vibrato? and don't give that crap that it's the same as a vibrator.
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Question posted by Drew Charnock on 2000-10-27
Can you give some exercises for tapping? Some exercises high and low on the fret board would be useful? Does tapping always use major and minor triads or are there other ways to tap out notes?
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Question posted by andrey from Russia on 2000-11-08
My opinion on this question such: unless the large speed of game so is important? And if you fail to develop sufficient speed, why this fact to not use as an element of your style of game on a guitar? In any case it is possible to argue. I am ready.
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Question posted by andrey from Russia on 2000-11-08
My opinion on this question such: unless the large speed of game so is important? And if you fail to develop sufficient speed, why this fact to not use as an element of your style of game on a guitar? In any case it is possible to argue. I am ready.
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Question posted by Joel on 2000-12-21
How does Metallica get their sound and want pedals do they use and in what songs do they use them
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Question posted by Mark on 2000-12-31
How does Wes borland double t
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Question posted by rickmurray on 2001-01-02
I am learning how to play guitar and find some of the finger stretching on certain chords difficult, obviously practice will make this easier but are there any shortcuts to getting the dexterity? do finger weights really work?
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Question posted by Unknown on 2001-01-04
i have heard that is you superimpose a diminished scale over a dominant 7th chord than it will sound really neat. IN THE DIMINISHED C SCALE (FOR EXAMPLE, BUT ALL HAVE THIS SAME PROBLEM) E is the dominant note, yet there is no E note in the C diminished scale so what do i use for the dominant seventh?
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Question posted by poink on 2001-02-05
What is tapping ? Can you tell me how to do it in elementary explanation.
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Question posted by james bass on 2001-03-10
how do i palm mute well like in offspring or blink 182. I cannot seem to do it on like staring at the sun like offspring
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Question posted by reggy lamb on 2001-03-21
hey man, all of my soloing sounds like the blues , when i really want to recreate radiohead sort of style sounds , what would you suggest? thanks reggy
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Question posted by Unknown on 2001-03-25
(: doo be doo be doo be do
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Question posted by MartyFriedman on 2001-06-17
How can i tell what key a song is played in?
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Question posted by jack ass on 2001-07-07
what is a fret and au know string
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Question posted by Aaron on 2001-08-07
Does anybody know any good records with tapping used in them? My guitar teacher told me to listen Van Halen, specifically Eruption and Hot for teacher? Does anyone know of other good records?
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Question posted by josh on 2001-08-15
what are some sweet tricks you can do in the middle of songs, and in solos, other than like slides and bends and stuff?????
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Question posted by Juha Leikkainen on 2001-08-23
How I can make the BAR DIVING? How you settle your fingers on the fretboard when doing bar diving?
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Question posted by Unknown on 2001-12-28
I can palm mute on an acoustic guitar but i got an electric guitar and it has no bridge. how do i palm mute properly?
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Question posted by ffffffffffff on 2002-01-03
this site is bs
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Question posted by mark on 2002-02-15
how do you do a pick slide?
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Question posted by alex on 2002-03-13
hello my name is alex and i ask you whetehr tou can teach me the efects as p,s,/, bend pull of everything. what is the right form to do them, i ll we waiting for your answer
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Question posted by Unknown on 2002-03-26
anybody know the best web side lesson acoustic guitar
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Question posted by Orion on 2002-05-20
Who here can play Joe Satriani songs and make it sound right? To those who can, which I doubt there are, what tecniques do you use to get the Satch sound that separates him from the norm?
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Question posted by Hairy metalhead on 2003-08-28
When i try and play scales fast i always get a choppy sound on the top B and A strings.i play with a 2mm plectrum, would a thinner plectrum be better for playing faster or is there something wrong with my technigue?.would getting heavier strings help?
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Question posted by Unknown on 2003-11-07
how much wood would a wood chuck chuck if a wood chuck would chuck wood?
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Question posted by rikki on 2004-11-28
i am just starting the guitar and i need to find out how to know the keys. can you show me what the keys are?
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Question posted by adam on 2004-12-03
how do you play fast with your teeth, i dont know how to do that
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Question posted by Unknown on 2005-05-16
when you hear a song how do you strum to the same beat ,from slash
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Question posted by Ben on 2006-01-02
How do you play with your teeth ?
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Question posted by Mister Ibo on 2006-04-23
Give me finger lesson!
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