Not Able to Play, Recommendations?

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  1. AboutRiffs

    AboutRiffs SS.org Regular

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    After being a long time lurker, I finally have a useful question to ask....I recently broke my fretting hand in a bike incident and will be without full function for 5-6 weeks. I'm looking for things to do that would improve either my ear, mixing, and/or vocal skills. I don't know what's a good starting point for any of these things. Can someone point me to resources that you found useful?
     
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    Bummer, sorry to hear that.

    There are some good iOS apps for ear training:

    Functional Ear Trainer,
    Ch!Ear

    Other than that https://www.musictheory.net has a good variety of exercises.

    Vocal Skills:
    Melissa Cross's Zen of Screaming 1 & 2 although there isn't as much information and exercises as you might think.

    Alex Shikolai (Slaughter To Prevail) Extreme Vocal Lessons is fairly simple (production wise), he reads off a script in front of the camera, but it has good exercises and information. It's in Russian with English subs, and you need a Windows computer to run the lessons (at least last time I checked).

    You'll probably need to invest in a BeltBox, which is awesome, to fully practice.

    Other than that you still have your picking hand. Even though you still rhythmically play along with certain songs even though you can't match the notes: Fear Factory, Emmure, Meshuggah immediately come to mind (no too many fret changes depending on the song). That's 5-6 weeks of solid palm muting/psuedo alternate picking/down picking that can be built upon once you have your fretting hand back.

    Finally, one hand piano is never a bad thing.

    Wishing you a speedy recovery.
     
  3. Lemonbaby

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    +1 for working on your right hand technique/stamina. And I don't mean internet porn...
     
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    Ohh I know how you feel man. I had something similar happen. I had fractured my left wrist and right thumb form a bike (motorcycle) accident 2 years ago. I had casts on both hands. So I kinda had to take a break.

    What I decided to do was just start soaking up as much knowledge as I could about mixing, either from videos or this here website.
     
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    Work on Your picking hand while the other one recuperates. Yeah, it’ll probably be boring af but You’ll be a rhythm monster after 6 weeks of straight picking practice.
     
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    compose stuff using midi tracks?, or score music like Sibelius. Drop some drum grooves add some basic guitar stuff on guitar pro with some keys.
     
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    If you have your own songs this is a good time to write them into guitar pro or finish existing ones with drums, bass etc.

    I'd also recommend working on your ear. Try tabbing a song out in guitar pro without a guitar, it's a really good excericse that's very beneficial.
     
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    Yeah, I also agree that this is a great time to learn how a DAW works, VST plugins, etc.... learn how to record overall.....
     
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    Hey, six months ago this was me, except that it was surgery to repair a torn labrum in my shoulder after a cycling injury.

    I did a TON of legato practice, and then once I could use a pick again signed up for the Cracking the Code site and took it as an opportunity to rebuild my picking technique from scratch, more or less. I'd suggest the reverse approach - if you can't fret, tune your guitar to an open tuning and work on fingerstyle, or heavily mute the strings (gruv gear?) and do alternate picking drills just doing different combinations of notes per string on totally deadened strings.

    There's always something you can practice.
     

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