The guitar is probably the most sought after instrument, with its ability to create rock stars worthy of worship out of ordinary people, or so goes the dream. The sweet (or wild) sounds from the strings resonate with the sways and swings of all the beings listening to them. To keep it going requires smoothening of strokes. The start does determine the journey, so some common yet potentially debilitating mistakes must be avoided.
Set Your Sights Right
A blind person driving a vehicle is not a judicious idea right? The same can happen with a budding guitarist who has not set goals with respect to guitar practice and intended achievements. Just strumming all day without a clue of what is the intention behind the action or what is required to be accomplished is useless, like a dampened set of strings being expected to produce melody.
Set Your Stance to Enhance
Too lazy to get off the bed to play? Too bad, as right posture is absolutely crucial to playing right, especially during the initial times. The guitar must be positioned as shown on the thigh, with the elbow of your strumming hand along with the wrist left free while playing chords. The hand must rest below the first string while playing individual strings. The other hand’s wrist must bend as much as possible to press against the fret-board. Not setting the right posture will lead to body (and ear) pains.
Tip: Keep the Tip
This is one situation in which pin point accuracy is an absolute necessity. The strings are to be pressed with the very tips of the fingers. Using a relatively large portion of the end to press the strings will result in unwanted sounds that are not sharp or clear enough, thereby quashing the quality of the notes. Also, the fingers must be as close to the frets as possible for the notes to be crisp and clear; they shouldn’t touch the fret or go beyond it.
Variety is the Spice of Life
Listening to your favorite track over and over can get you bored of it. Practicing the already done aspects of guitar training repeatedly without moving to the next challenge makes one get stuck in a loop too.
New and challenging material must be incorporated to take one’s skills to the next level, or risk turning all the muscles involved into something similar to an office clerk; working with same files over and over instead of an enterprising CEO leading the march towards the profit called proficiency.
Learn Theory and be Fiery
A typical approach to learning any musical instrument is to combine musical theory with practice. Time must be dedicated to each of the two to get the best results. But there is that call for being a rock star too, which is so tempting that it can make any eager budding guitarist to go, ”Lets dump the book and get hooked straight to the playing!”.
A very unwise move that can jeopardize the journey. The guitarist’s ears too must get attuned to recognize the different notes. It’s also advantageous for the guitarist to be able to read notations for easy further learning. Tuning the guitar by ear is one of the most essential skills to have.
Tools Make the Mechanic
A mechanic’s tool box is his/her life force so as to speak, hence must be the right one for the job. A guitarist is also made by his/her guitar, so the right guitar is of utmost importance. Investing a little extra to buy a quality guitar with the right sound production will go a long way in setting one up for success with it. A guitar must be of the right size for the person using it; the condition must be good and it must be well maintained. Securing and receiving professional help is advised.
A Goodbye too Soon
The guitar is painful to beginners and might turn tedious to those into it for a while. Developing the right attitude is a key to not ending up being a quitter. This way, one can improve other aspects of life as well with the development of right attitude made possible by the guitar. As the famous words go, “Played till my fingers bled…”!
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Are You Making These Guitar Practice Mistakes?
There’s a big lie that guitar players tell themselves.
Have you ever gone to play something on guitar that you could play a few days ago but it sounds like complete crap now?
…like you can’t even play guitar.
It’s depressing. And nothing will de-motivate you more than feeling like you aren’t making progress.
Newbies love noodling on their guitar without focus for hours… until they realize they’re going nowhere. Then they tend to give up.
Good guitar players know that not all time spent playing guitar is equal.
2 hours of random noodling on Saturday is NOT the same as 20 minutes a day of focused practice. Via Jamplay
AVOID THESE COMMON BEGINNER GUITAR MISTAKES
THE MOST COMMON MISTAKES BEGINNER GUITAR PLAYERS MAKE
Any guitar teacher will tell you, especially after teaching for awhile, we tend to create a mental check list of things to always look for when working with beginning guitar players, young or old. For this post, I wanted to break some of the most common ones down.
This list could potentially go on infinitely, especially when we start talking about some of the finer details with advanced students, but today we’re just going to cover the most typical problems for beginners. Any guitar player who is learning their instrument could come back to this to make sure they’re not building any bad habits. Via Uberchord
8 Guitar Practice Mistakes You Didn’t Know You Were Making
How is it possible that some guitarists continue getting better year after year while some of us stay pretty much the same for decades?
It’s because guitar practice is a skill in and of itself. We have to become aware of what’s not working and continually find ways to improve it. Luckily, it’s not that hard to do.
Here are 8 common practice mistakes that I wish I had corrected years ago.
1. Not setting clear goals
It’s fun to jam, learn songs, and record demos. But how do we really get to the next level? We need clear goals. A clear goal is specific, action-oriented and has a deadline. Via Ninebuzz