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The_JinJ
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Just thinking of a few things I had to relearn because I made the mistake of not picking them up at the beginning - interested to hear what others people have come across....

Two that spring to mind:

Alternate fingering for open G (using middle, ring and pinkie)
Alternate picking

Sure there are plenty others!


   
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jimh
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I wish I would have learned to finger pick first, instead of using a pick. I find it difficualt to make the switch now.

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Rahul
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I wish I had learnt how to play with my teeth.


   
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jimh
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I wish I had learnt how to play with my teeth.

:shock:

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The_JinJ
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I wish I had learnt how to play with my teeth.

Surprised you never - that's the first thing I learnt.....


   
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jimh
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I wish I had learnt how to play with my teeth.

Surprised you never - that's the first thing I learnt.....

:shock: ....again.

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Alan Green
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Blues soloing. I didn't start playing lead until I'd been playing for five years and I'm sure I missed out on a whole lotta stuff because of it. Who knows, I might have been famous. I am famous, but I might have been rich and famous. You know what I mean.

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Anonymous
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learning the blues and major scale. once you get those down and begin improvising in them, a whole world of music opens up.


   
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kingpatzer
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I wish I would have learned proper right hand technique from the start.

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jimh
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I wish I would have learned proper right hand technique from the start.

What do you consider the proper right hand technique?

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Dave T
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fingering chords cleanly. Much harder to unlearn sloppy fingerings than learn right the first time


   
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I wish that back in the 70s there was an internet and all this information for the sax playing world.

Since I never took piano when jazz players talked about soloing over chord changes I never picked up on any of it. So I just played those horn licks, Tower of Power, Earth, Wind & Fire, Ohio Players, AWB etc


   
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Embrace_the_Darkness
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Um, lets see,,,

that recording yourself and playing it back a month later is a good way of seeing your progress

recording yourself playing chords then playing it back and soloing over them is a good practice

playing standing up (didnt do this for about a year!)

playing fingerstyle

and the BIGGEST one...

don't be scared of playing with others, even if you are a complete newbie; it is THE best way to learn!

Pete

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Iliketheguitar
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Theory

and

.............................................................good timing :oops:


   
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TRGuitar
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Lets flip this and I'll tell you what I'm glad I didn't know. I'm glad I didn't know how bad I was. :lol: I might have given up. It was back in the 70's. No internet, no electric tuners (well, if you had $100 there were), no tab, just fake books. I am self taught. I was playing the songs wrong and out of tune half the time. I did learn the chords though. What I did have though was encouragement and help from people who played. I think that is so important and that is why no one here will ever hear a word of discouragement from me.

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grow big, wear glasses if you need 'em."
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