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Old 04-23-2010, 01:17 AM   #1
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Top 40 Common Newbie Guitarist Mistakes

1. Investing in distortion boxes instead of a good amp.

2. Learning 100 intros and no songs.

3. Limiting your self to one style of music-usually metal.

4. Not taking the time to learn music theory.

5. Playing “Smoke on the Water” on the high-E string.

6. Playing too loud, and with too much distortion.

7. Setting your amp’s Gain on 10, and Mids 0.

8. Relying on picks.

9. Not learning how to perform a basic setup.

10. Not maintaining your gear.

11. Not jamming enough with other players.

12. Over use of legato with a complete disregard for tempo.

13. Poor phrasing.

14. Week vibrato.

15. Buying too many effects.

16. Listening to tone snobs.

17. Immediately launching into thirty-second notes during a blues solo.

18. Thinking that playing a local bar circuit constitutes a “tour”.

19. Believing that opening for a national act means you’re on your way.

20. Not knowing the difference between tube watts and solid-state watts.

21. Relying too much on printed music and tabs.

22. Thinking a year of lessons and $5000 worth of gear makes you
ready to play in a band.

23. Wearing the guitar way too low.

24. Using too much hand/finger pressure when fretting.

25. Taking guitar lessons from a friend.

26. Giving up immediately because you sound like dog doo.

27. Not learning how all your gear works.

28. Tuning every guitar at Guitar Center to dropped D, and then not retuning them to standard pitch.

29. Bringing full stacks to tiny bar gigs.

30. Saying “All [insert hated style of music] sucks, dude!”

31. Learning with your eyes, instead of your ears.

32. Not learning to play in time with good groove and feel.

33. Not investing in good earplugs for playing loud gigs.

34. Obsessing about playing burning solos, and not caring about rhythm guitar.

35. Thinking that playing fast pentatonic-box patterns makes you a hot guitarist.

36. Not putting casters on viciously heavy amps.

37. Wearing bowling shirts emblazoned with flames and dragons.

38. Realizing guitar is too difficult and taking up bass instead.

39. Spending more time on Harmony Central than actually practicing.

40. Forgetting that playing music is meant to be fun.

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41. Going to the guitar store and pulling the most expensive guitar off the wall, plugging it in to a Marshall stack, and stumbling through "Smoke on the Water".
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42. thinking every song is a 5 minute wank-fest.
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26. Giving up immediately because you sound like dog doo.

That one was me.
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26. Giving up immediately because you sound like dog doo.

That one was me.
I just wish it was really like riding a bike. I was in best buy the other day and tried to just do chopsticks on a keyboard and fell apart. I don't even want to know what would happen if I picked up a bass guitar again.
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26. Giving up immediately because you sound like dog doo.

That one was me.
Of course i can play this song.


Only thing is i have to change out the tuners on the guitar,because they keep going out of tune,and i saw some tuners at a music store.
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28. not realising the bass is a far better instrument.
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26. Giving up immediately because you sound like dog doo.

That one was me.
Or one day sounding like Jimi Hendrix,the next day ,sounding like dog doo.
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