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When learning a new tab, is guitar guru trustworthy for learning things right when it come s to mapping out which fingers to use on the frets and also the pick direction?  

The reason I'm asking is because every now and then the tutorial feels a little unnatural when I,instinctively, rather pick in a different direction or fret with a different finger.   

Should I do it my own way when it seems right or not?
I just don't want to pick up bad habits.

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Hey Mike, I don't use it myself & I find most tab on the net to be a joke. If you want to learn to play really well there's a site called Trufire that you should check out. I take the video lessons there myself & they are amazing. 15 bucks a month for all you can watch. Just so you know, I'm in no way affiliated with them except as a student & am suggesting them only because of my own level of satisfaction with the site. They've got lots of different styles, lots of great instructors & the videos are all great. Way better than just tabbing it out. Once you actually learn to play you won't need the tab anymore cause you'll be able to hear what chords are being used & will instinctively find the best fingerings to suit your particular style & approach to playing. (As you already know yourself) So I'd suggest that you use the videos at Truefire to help you learn to play, stop using tab altogether & start learning songs by ear only. If you get stuck on a song for chords or lead work when trying to use your ear, just drop me a line with the name of the song & the band that plays it & I'll help you figure out whatever it is you're getting caught up on. That way you'll develop your ear faster & be a MUCH better player as a result.  I'm sure you'll have  lot more fun learning that way as well! Hope that helps bro, if you need anything else, just drop me a line!
Peace - J.

PS, sorry if my writing is a little jumbled. I gigged all weekend & it's late & I'm just on my way to bed, so I'm not at my best! LOL

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Jason Fryer is a Canadian musician, producer, recording engineer & music instructor. Born in Montreal, Quebec, he attended the Musician's Professional Workshop on scholarship from Montreal radio station CHOM FM, studied Classical Music & Art at Vanier College, & holds a degree from Herzing Institute in Micro Computer Electronics. A veteran of the Canadian Music Scene, Jason has had the honour of playing with some of Canada’s finest musicians. Juno & Maple Blues award winning artists such as Jerome Godboo, Eric Shenkman, Jerry Mercer, Steve Marriner & Matt Sobb, Al Wood, Murray Kinsley, Leigh-Anne Stanton, Rod Williams, Thomas Starwalker Clair, David Maracle, Greg Morency, Scott Price, Simon Meilleur & Bobby Watt are but a few of the many Canadian greats Jason has enjoyed sharing the stage with. He has also had the rare & esteemed privilege to work with & study under legendary producer/engineer & former V.P. of Island Records Rob Fraboni. (Bob Dylan, The Band, Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, The Rolling Stones, The Beach Boys, Joe Cocker, Bonnie Raitt) Rob's generosity in sharing his vast & expansive degree of knowledge & expertise in the field of sound recording has been an invaluable asset to Jason's development as a producer & recording engineer.

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I have been playing guitar for over 30 years & tour regularly with my band River City Junction. We play a mix of Blues, Jazz, Funk, Motown, R&B & Classic Rock so I can help answer any questions related to these genres as well. I also have extensive experience using many different brands of guitars, amplifiers & effects. I do most of my own work on my guitars, & I also build & repair my own pedals & tube amps, so I can help with questions of a technical nature with regards to these subjects as well.

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River CIty Junction Tone King Records

Education/Credentials
Musician's Professional Workshop Scholarship (CHOM FM)
Vanier College (Classical Music - Guitar)
Herzing Institute (Micro-Computer Electronics)
Have taken numerous online courses in recording/engineering

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