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How do I improve the guitar players time?

Discussion in 'Band Management [BG]' started by scrumpyjack, Nov 11, 2012.

  1. scrumpyjack


    Oct 28, 2012
    Baltimore, MD

    So I have started jamming with this kid. He's a great guitar player. He's only 15 but he nails the SRV and Hendrix stuff. He's great.

    The only thing is that I see a lot of issues with time. He rushes too much and has some tempo problems.

    What is the best way I can make him more 'Rhythmically aware'?

  2. jonas_24112


    Jul 11, 2011
    Practice with metronome.
  3. derrico1

    derrico1 Supporting Member

    Apr 12, 2005
    Charlottesville, VA
    +1 to practicing w/ a metronome.

    If it's just the two of you jamming, play against a drum track (Band in a Box or Drums on Demand are quick and easy, but any decent audio or MIDI loops will do.)

    Also, when he rehearses with a band, turn him down. Even during his leads, he should be hearing the pulse set by drums and bass, not just closing his ears to everything else and hanging fire.
  4. lfmn16


    Sep 21, 2011
    charles town, wv
    1. YOU can't fix another person, only he can fix his playing
    2. If he has temp problems, he's not a great guitarist.
  5. Sam Hain

    Sam Hain

    May 30, 2010
    Tell him to take some drum lessons....worked for me.
  6. Chef FourString

    Chef FourString

    Feb 4, 2011
    Have him practice with a metro at a slower speed, have him tap his foot and count aloud his rests.
  7. tbirdsp

    tbirdsp Supporting Member

    Sep 18, 2012
    Omaha, NE
    Make him learn to play bass;)
  8. bassbully

    bassbully Endorsed by The PHALEX CORN BASS..mmm...corn!

    Sep 7, 2006
    Blimp City USA
    Tell him to drop playing like his guitar hero's and develop his own style and voice with the guitar.
  9. jefkritz


    Oct 20, 2007
    iowa city, IA
    +10 on the metronome thing.

    just make sure to phrase it in a friendly and constructive way. "i think you're an amazing guitarist, but sometimes it's hard to jam with you because you rush a lot. have you ever tried playing with a metronome? when i started playing with a metronome, it brought my playing to a whole new level"

    someone told me something like that when i was about 19, and i thank them every time i pick up the bass (even 7 years later)
  10. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 29, 2008
    I convert 4 string Rickenbackers to 5 string basses.
    How do I improve the guitar players time?


    Replace him ... maybe ...

    seriously some people just don't have good timing ... even drummers
  11. derrico1

    derrico1 Supporting Member

    Apr 12, 2005
    Charlottesville, VA
    But the OP's guitarist is only 15. I agree that he's not "a great guitarist" if he's rushing, but sometimes you have to praise learners for their potential and what they're doing well now, even as you steer them to attend to weaker areas of their playing.

    At any rate, that's what the older musicians did for me when I was coming up. And I'm grateful they didn't just say, "You suck. Quit."
  12. bassbully

    bassbully Endorsed by The PHALEX CORN BASS..mmm...corn!

    Sep 7, 2006
    Blimp City USA
    When I got back to playing music about 11 years ago my first band back a classic rock band brought in a young 18 year old kid for lead guitar. The kid was good very good with super fast licks from speed metal to jazz and he knew theory.

    The problem was after a few practices with him was his timing and use of tastefulness in songs. A simple rock song was hard for him since he would over play or be ahead or behind. After a few practices and a talk he said he was out that he needed to woodshed on simple repetitive rock songs.
  13. StyleOverShow

    StyleOverShow Still Playing After All These Years Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    May 3, 2008
    Hillsdale, Portland
    Just ended a band, one year of my musical life gone, with a rhythm challenged guitarist. Bough him a Boss metronome and had him keep it on all day while he was on his computer, etc. Didn't improve his timing much, but it made me feel like I tried.

    Kids that rush don't get it yet. They just want to shred. Be patient, make suggestions and team up with the drummer to pound out the one's and three's (or 2 and 4's if backbeat).
  14. bassolp


    Nov 27, 2008
    QUÉBEC ca
    bass player for Cavalia
    if you ( bass player ) and your drummer put all the beat in tha pocket and stick it there the guitar player wont have much choice but to follow you
  15. Maybe he just needs to hear it for himself. I've said this a few times on forums, but when you're rehearsing, or even just jamming, record it. Then sit down and listen to it with him, and more than likely he'll hear for himself what he's doing wrong.

    I joined my first band (as a guitarist) when I was about 16 with musicians who were more experienced than I. We always made tapes, and I would go home and have a listen; find out what I was doing right and where I was going wrong. I can't tell you how much it helped me. Later, where I started a band with younger musos, I did the same thing with them. If I had a criticism of someone, I could simply play it to them to demonstrate what I meant. Recordings don't lie, after all.

    Best of luck,
  16. Winemule

    Winemule Guest

    Feb 27, 2005
    +1 Excellent advice. He has a computer, right? Have him put on the headphones and practice with the on-line metronome. I always use this when I practice.
  17. tarafran


    Mar 22, 2010
    Key west
    Endorsing Artist: GHS strings
    Take him aside and record him along a beat and bass already in time
    Play it back to him ,then use elastic audio (for Protools) to align his guitar in time and let him ear the difference.
    Be diplomatic ,has to come from his desire to improve
  18. I've met tons of guitar players that have no sense of time without drums backing them. just seemed like par for the course for me. Kinda bugs me, I seem to keep time very well.
  19. jaywa


    May 5, 2008
    Iowa City, IA
    If only it were that simple...

    The kid needs to "grow ears", i.e., listen to the rhythm section and fit himself into that rather than just listening to what he's doing.

    I would also suspect he's invested nearly 100% of his bedroom practice time trying to learn the NOTES of his heros' solos but paying little to no attention to the rhythm work, dynamics, feel and phrasing that made those guys legends and not just really good lead guitarists. Those things usually only come with age and experience in band environments.

    BTW if it's any consolation, I've played with guitarists 4 times this kid's age that have been playing for 40+ years and they still don't have good time even when their rhythm section is solid. Some guys have it, some guys don't.
  20. Jazzdogg

    Jazzdogg Less barking, more wagging!

    Jul 29, 2006
    San Diego, CA
    Own the time.