Thank you for your welcome and advice Jules (what a great name.. ever watch trailer park boys? )
One of the pieces of advice I see continually repeated is to always practice with a specific purpose in mind, which I think ties in with your comment. There is no way on earth that you or I can focus on every aspect of our playing during practice. My weakest link (I think) is left hand position in the first position and getting my pinky to stretch all the way up to just back of the fret, so the chromatic scale has become part of my daily routine concentrating just on that. My right hand is just imim because that is easiest and I don't want to be thinking of anything else. I play it slowly and if I get a buzz I slow it down still more. Your left thumb and your rest stroke may be your weakest links and if so it makes sense to concentrate just on one of those for several minutes each day until they become your strong points. You will need to decide for yourself where your most fertile grounds for improvement are.
Hi Chris regarding the thumb planting while performing rest strokes, its not uncommon to plant the thumb on a bass string when performing rest strokes on treble strings with (i) and (m) fingers, typically the A string. I can provide hand stability and great force/power when strinking down into the stringsChristopher Langley wrote: ↑Fri Jan 26, 2018 12:30 amI've played guitar for about 3 years, self-taught.. predominately playing fingerstyle type stuff on steel strings. I have noticed that I tend to do some unorthodox muting with my thumb and pinky and ring finger on my right hand.. I also tend to let my thumb creep up over the top of the neck. Trying to address my old habits, but you guys know how it is trying to unlearn things.
Such a post would I think be extremely helpful to most of us down in level 1, and probably more than a few in higher levels. It was the first thing a fellow student here noticed about my playing. To correct the habit I would concentrate hard during the exercises, but once I started to learn a piece it would slowly creep back unnoticed, kind of like our cat trying to sneak inside when he knows we want him outside. I eventually put a piece of double sided tape on my guitar neck (since removed). If my thumb reached the tape it was quickly reminded to get back. Coupled with concentrating on a parallel hand, slur exercises and reach exercises I feel like it is progressing because when the fingers are correctly poised my thumb is too short to peak over the neck, but I am sure I have a ways to go and so look forward to your sage advice.
Beginning students are urged to say the notes as they are being played, both for basic exercises designed in part for learning the fingerboard and for pieces while initially learning them. I have seen advice from teachers that this discipline should extend throughout the first 2 years referring to someone who is leaning the instrument in university. I resisted this at first (it is sooo boring, and hey, I am so smart that I don't need to take advice from anyone ) and paid the price. I started finally with these lessons to do that and will certainly be doing it when we move to the higher positions, and you know what....these teachers and authors actually know what they are talking about! Imagine that.
Ha, welcome to the club. I prop my laptop on my music stand, but for pieces that go to multiple pages I break down and print a hard copy.I'm trying to learn strictly off of the computer screen
There are lots of threads on these and some excellent reviews on the web. I chose the Atlas because it offers the most adjustability, is the most secure, is the least likely to damage our instruments, with spare magnets you can use it on multiple guitars, it is grippy, and unlike some supports it allows the guitar to nestle down between the legs. It allowed me to find a position that was impossible with the foot stool and I had really been fighting before trying to find a position that suited my body. Pricey, but that only hurts once and now I have a support that I doubt I will ever regret having bought. And oh, because one is able to adopt a better posture it solves back ache problems for most people including me.'m curious about those guitar support thingies, anybody have any luck with them or am I better off sticking with a footstool?
I will start saying the notes! I've been saying them in my head, and sometimes I sing them, but I will try saying them out loud.