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Interested in learning the electric, bass or acoustic guitar? Need lessons in the Scripps Ranch or Sabre Springs area? Would you like to learn to play your favorite songs?

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Learning how to play the guitar can be a ton of fun. Let’s take a look at some of the most helpful techniques for learning to start practicing the guitar.

practicing the guitar

Practicing the guitar

  1. Practice As Regularly As Possible – Practice makes perfect. There’s really no substitute for time spent practicing and sitting down and focusing on the craft you’re trying to master. Half an hour a day is considered to be more effective than simply practicing 2 hours every 4 days. The most serious players are able to put some time aside every single day for practice.

  1. Keep a Schedule. Having a good solid schedule to follow is important. Make sure you follow it religiously. This will help keep you consistently practicing and will make it easier to track progress. The idea is to make progress in small steps over time. If every day you set achievable goals these goals should be reached before moving on to the next goal. This approach will form a strong foundation and build confidence in your playing skills. While it’s really tempting to try out difficult pieces before mastering the beginner steps you will probably not like the long term results. You may be discouraged and let down by your failure and it can ultimately affect your long term performance. It’s a good idea to avoid this temptation.

  1. Keep Good Posture. Prior to starting your practice you should ensure you’re in the right posture and are able to play the instrument with both hands in the proper positions. This is critical!

  1. Visualize Everything. Make sure you visualize your finger position on the fret board for the best results. It’s a good idea to get in the habit of this since it gives you the added advantage of training your mind and coordination. After doing this for a short while you will get the “feel” of the fingers without looking at them and can more easily and fluidly play the instrument. This is especially important if you’re doing a performance and are unable to look at your fingers while playing. The sooner you get in the habit of doing this the better since it takes time to get good at.

  1. Verify Tone of Each String – A guitarist should get familiar with the sound of each string when playing a given chord. It’s important to play the strings separately to make sure the string is giving the correct note and tone that is desired. There are two major mistakes, which occur frequently and can be easily detected by playing each string separately. One mistake is the finger not fully pressing behind the fret when pressed down. This will create a bad tone. In these situations it’s a good idea for the player to adjust his or her finger until the clear sound is created. The second most common mistake is that the finger, while pressing on the string, also touches the adjacent string. The player will have to adjust his or her finger position to make sure there is a clean note occurring.

  1. Practice Accompaniment – Guitar is most often played for accompaniment. This means the player should start this practice as soon as possible. If you’re unable to find a group or band to play with the next best option is to play with yourself while singing or play along with the recording of your favorite songs.

  1. Never Get Discouraged – It’s easy to lose interest and hope when your progress goes slower than expected. This is expected to happen. Practice never goes in vain though, so keep this in mind. Keep practicing and pushing through and refuse to get discouraged by any apparent lack of success. The body has its own system for conditioning the mind and muscles to develop new skills and habits. This can take time and persistence will almost certainly speed up this process.

These are just a handful of the best ideas for starting to practice guitar. This is based on the most common of concerns for most new beginner students. By no means is this list exhaustive but it’s designed to give you a good idea of what you can expect when starting to play the guitar. With persistence and determination you can become a master of the guitar.

Phone Glenn Sutton at: 619-306-3664 or email: guitarman.glenn@gmail.com

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