How to Practice Guitar Playing
Some things to remember as you practice guitar….
As you begin to practice guitar and take those first steps into being an accomplished guitarist (don’t be modest, you’ll get there), here are some important things to bear in mind.
1. Practice, practice, practice
This one might seem like the most obvious piece of advice in the world – but there’s a reason why it’s number one on the list. If you don’t practice guitar as much as you can, the skills won’t come. A lot of learning to play guitar is graft and hard work. There’s no moment of inspiration where it will all fall into place. Finger memory is especially important for aspiring guitar players. You need to get to a point where your fingers know what to do without your brain telling them. This practice needs to come as regularly as possible, so we’re talking daily, not weekly.
2. Keep your motivation up
Following on from the first point, keep your motivation up. There will, of course be some days where it feels as though you are wasting your time, and this is perfectly natural. There is also the possibility that you may feel as though you are not making much progress, so setting yourself manageable, short term goals is a really good idea.
3. Learn to listen
In the same way that good writers should also read, guitar players should also listen. Listen to songs from your favorite bands or professional guitar players. What sort of guitar are they playing? Are they strumming, or playing a particular note. And then learn to listen to your own guitar playing. Are you playing in time? As well as playing with sheet music, train your ears to deconstruct the music you’re learning.
4. Buy a guitar
Again, this may seem like an obvious point, but you need to own a guitar in order to put in the hours needed to practice (just in case I wasn’t clear in point 1). Make sure you look after your guitar and keep it in tune. If you need advice on buying a guitar look at my page ” WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE BUYING A GUITAR”.
5. Learn music theory
It may seem boring and it may seem dry, but music theory is vital as you begin to pick up the essentials of the guitar. Learn to read a chord chart, and the note names of each string. Learn to play with a metronome, so as to build up your sense of rhythm.
Posted by Stephen Murrell
Stephen Murrell is a friendly, patient and passionate guitar teacher who has helped many aspiring guitar players to reach their full potential, hone their skills and pass proficiency exams. Whether you’re completely new to playing the guitar, or have a few years of experience under your belt, I can offer structured and engaging lessons for people with any level of skill.