Tips and Tricks

Tips and Tricks to improve playing accuracy on guitar

Tips and tricks to improve playing accuracy on guitar.

Accuracy is a good skill to have if you want to become a better guitar player. You can develop accuracy in playing even if your guitar isn’t particularly on the high end of the price spectrum. Guitars that cost under £200 are more than suitable for learning how to play with accuracy, so you can get started right away.

Here are some tips, tricks and exercises you can do to improve your playing accuracy. As with everything that has to do with learning, don’t rush into it. Be patient and give yourself time to hit the right notes. Let’s get started!

Take it slow

It’s tempting to test your accuracy by playing as fast as possible. The problem with this is that you won’t be able to tell if you’ve actually hit the right note or missed a note or two. It would be better to play slowly, as much as you need to, until you can play a piece perfectly, with each note articulated clearly.

When you can consistently play without missing a note or hitting a wrong one, then you can try playing at a faster rhythm. Use a metronome!

Assess your playing

Addressing issues with playing accuracy involves knowing what the problem is. For example, if you feel your picking hand needs work, you need to know exactly why. You need to observe yourself as you play. Check my website page to see some scales and exercises .

Do you make a lot of wide motions that bring your fingers away from the body of the guitar? Are you holding the pick properly, or are you holding it too tightly, making you tense?

Once you’ve taken note of the habits that affect your accuracy, work toward correcting them. Some habits can be hard to unlearn but with focus and determination, you will be able to replace bad playing habits with good techniques.

Check the fretboard markers

The inlays or markers on top of the fretboard aren’t just decorations. They mark the locations or positions of the most common root notes. By knowing what the markers stand for and where they are, you will be able to more easily and accurately determine where your fingers need to go.

The markers are usually on the third, fifth, seventh, ninth and 12th frets. You can develop accuracy when playing by memorizing the notes on the fifth and sixth strings where the markers on the fretboard are. When forming chords, always aim for just before the frets to avoid fret buzz.

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Include finger exercises in your practice sessions

Learning about music theory and knowing where all the notes are on the fretboard are great, but you also need to work on your technique. This will make your fingers strong, dexterous and accurate. It’s a good idea to devote a few minutes of practice time doing some finger exercises, scales, chord progressions and string skipping exercises to loosen up those muscles while building accuracy in your fretting and picking hand.

Keep practicing

No one develops accuracy overnight. You will only be able to avoid accuracy-related mistakes when you practice and do your fretting, flatpicking and fingerpicking exercises. It can take some time and many hours of practice to train your hands to have accuracy and coordination, but keep at it because all your efforts will be worth it once you see the improvements in your playing.

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