10 Easy Tips to Improve at Guitar
What's up future rock-stars!
Hope your guitar-learning journey is going well. Here are ten tips to help you improve.
- Listen: Whether you are practicing a song, chords, scales or simply doing exercises, always listen with full attention to what you are playing. Train your brain to remember and recognize notes, this will improve your playing greatly. You'll be able to play songs by ear, jam along with other musicians with easy and create awesome melodies yourself
- Seriously, Listen: Listen to music and other musicians as much as possible. Listening to other bands will give you ideas and inspire you. If at any time you are bored, put up a song and try to figure out what key it is in, what chords it uses and what licks, then when you get to playing guitar, try it out. Music really is all about listening.
- Keep it fun: How do you improve? By practicing a lot. How do you keep motivated to practice? Have fun with it. Don't do too much exercises, sometimes all you need to do is put up your favorite record and jam your heart out. If you enjoy practicing you won't want to put the guitar down.
- Write your own stuff: No better way to get to know your instrument than experimenting. Write your own chord progressions, licks, riffs and solos. Experience first hand what emotions certain chords bring when played together.
- Set yourself goal: One of the best tips I can give, set yourself a goal so you have something to work to. It's a lot more motivational than just pounding on the guitar with nothing to achieve.
- Challenge yourself: Try to learn a song that you think is too hard, look for exercises that would challenge you or make up your own exercises. When something gets easy, move on to the next thing. Keeping yourself challenged is a great way to stay motivated and you always have something to work too. But don't get demotivated if the song or exercise you are trying isn't going perfectly. The important thing is to progress, and challenging yourself is a great way to progress.
- Learn your theory: learning theory might seem a bit scary to most, but music theory really isn't that hard, its mostly pretty straightforward. Knowing what you are playing, how to get a certain emotion out of the guitar and why is a great skill. The more chords and scales you know the more tricks you have up your sleeves to make some awesome music.
- Get out of your comfort zone: Learn to think outside the box. Don't stick to just one genre, listen to different types of music, get to know licks and chords that you normally wouldn't use, you might be pleasantly surprised.
- Improvise: Improvising is both really fun and a great way to learn a scale you just practiced. Look for a backing track (there are a bunch on YouTube) or create your own backing track by using chords that fit in the scale you want to practice, and jam. Make sure you've learned your scale sufficiently so you don't have to think too much about where your fingers have to go, but just improvise spontaneously.
- Jam with others: Look for other musicians and have a jam session, it's really fun plus if they are more experienced than you, you can learn from them and vice versa. Who knows you might come across a few guys with whom you click and start an awesome band.
You probably noticed these tips aren't secret super tricks that make you a guitar god, simply because those don't exist. You've probably read these tips a million times before, and with good reason, practice, perseverance and patience is really all it takes to get better.
Hope this helped you out.
Don't forget to listen and have fun!
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