Ok, I’m going to be honest here and tell you that I am by no means a professional guitar player or someone who should be giving any kind of advice. However, I do have several years of playing under my belt and have learned several different things about playing the guitar that will help newbie players to avoid many of the same problems that I initially ran into. For some in depth advice check out AxeZen’s Guitar Website and Lessons
If I can help you avoid weeks, months and even years of mistakes and bad technique then I hope these 3 simple tips will hit home for you and you will keep them in mind as you move forward in your journey of learning how to play the guitar.
With that being said, let’s get started…
Tip #1 Use a Metronome
If you’re a new player and just starting out you should absolutely, absolutely use a metronome when learning how to play. A metronome is going to keep you in rhythm. It’s going to keep your playing in temp and steady. Without one, even though it may sound like you’re doing good your rhythm is probably way off.
All music is written in a tempo and being able to play the exact beats, in the exact time in that time frame is what will determine how well in rhythm and ultimately, how good your playing sounds to the outside listener. It’s very easy for someone else to be able to tell if your rhythm is off even though it may not be apparent to you.
So every time you pick up your guitar, set a tempo on your metronome and play to it.
This will also help you learn how to play to the beat of a drum since the drum in a band is what keeps the timing and for the guitar, bass and singers.
Practice with a metronome now and you will develop good and steady rhythm a mistake that could cost you greatly years down the line.
Tip #2 Practice, Practice, Practice!
Learning how to play the guitar is a lot of work. It takes a lot of patience, time and dedication to even start to sound semi-decent. It is a skill that will literally take a lifetime to get good at as there is always something new to learn.
This simply means that if you want to get good, you need to do as the title says: Practice, practice, practice. The more time you put into your practice sessions that faster you’re going to cut the learning curve and become a better player.
I will be honest and tell you the first few years are going to suck since you will still be making a lot of mistakes. Some songs will make you feel like you’re still a beginner and others will make you never want to play again.
Just keep at it.
Learn one song, master it and then move onto the next.
Always build on top of what it is you learn and continue practicing not only songs, but chords, scales, melodies, and playing to a drum.
Backing tracks are also a good way to practice lead and melodic phrases. It’s easy to find some too! Just do a simple good search for backing tracks for guitar improvisation and you’ll find TONS of different genres in different keys to practice to.
The only thing with backing tracks though is that you have to already have some sort of understanding of scales in order to know what notes to work in with whatever Key the backing track was written in.
So if you already have some experience this is a great way to practice.
Tip #3 Take Some Sort of Online Lessons
Look, bottom line is that there are some many resources available online that will help you cut the learning curve in half. When it comes to the guitar, there is simply so much information out there that can completely overwhelm you and prevent you from developing a solid practice schedule.
The last thing you want is for your playing to be sporadic and all over the place without any structure.
With online electric guitar lessons for beginners, you can find structured, and progressive lessons that will give you a steady form of teaching that will help you progress little by little in all of the ways that will make you a competent guitar player.
This is the best, most efficient and most enjoyable way of learning how to play an instrument.
In a structured fashion that covers EVERYTHING you need to know.
So make sure to do a simple Google search and find lessons that provide you with a structured routine.
This alone will take your playing to new heights.
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