Practice is the key to becoming a great guitarist. But how can you practice guitar playing if you don’t know how and/or don’t know what to practice?
Don’t find way to learn too quickly
If you learn guitar with a good teacher, you will not find any particular difficulty, because the teacher will give the lessons and exercises in the right time, and when he feels you missed or unsatisfactory and you will be forced to return to such lessons accordingly. However, if you learn by yourself, you must complete tasks of both a teacher and a student. Buy all the books you want, but there is absolutely no replacement for a good teacher.
Do not find the way to learn so quickly, this is the number one tip above all others. You should also learn to play the guitar slow down. Practicing easy lessons is very useful when you get the tougher exercises later. Your speed of playing will naturally increase for you progress; there is no substitute for actually playing it. So the progress is a normal result of constant practice. To build a necessary foundation. Moving quickly to difficult exercises without a solid foundation that will make you disappointed in your routine (this always happens) and think that you are unqualified enough. Do not be afraid to spend time on training exercises over and over until your teacher inside you feels satisfactory about your student in you!
Be careful with the illustrations and instructions on hand.
It often takes many months to correct the wrong postures, and this is a very common mistake for self-learners. Right from the beginning you will probably not familiar with the guitar postures, but those are right hand postures have been set up after centuries of experience of many masters, and these always give you necessary skills, convenience and agileness. In case you feel uncomfortable and painful with various aches in parts of your body, it is surely a question of wrong posture. If you still wonder how to learn guitar, firstly you must learn to adopt an easy to maintain posture that does not give you pain anywhere in your body. Moreover, the wrong hand postures in the first lessons will make it difficult for you to learn harder lessons, and much more difficult to adjust such errors because those are disabled.
Spend time practicing guitar everyday
Similarly doing exercises, the more often you try to actively practice, the more at ease you will feel, instead of just practice when you like it. It is no good having a practice once a week; this is not the way to learn to play the guitar. A minimum of 20 minutes a day is far more effective than 200 minutes a week.
The teacher can repeat his requests, while a self-learning book only mentions techniques, lessons, and homework only once. You must try your best to read the important parts interactively. Self-learning can bring very amazing results, but you must be very careful and meticulous in your role of both a teacher and a student!
Be necessary to know music theory
It is difficult to accept the self-practice without learning the music theory. Some love the music theory, some hate it. In fact it always helps to know more. Especially when you can see how it improves your guitar playing. Firstly, you must be able to read and understand a sheet music before learning. Secondly, when you will also have more excitement for already reading and understanding quickly music progressions, collections in a book. Thirdly, you can see other musicians to play concerts or something else, ect.
Guitarists have varying feelings about music theory, in general guitarist are people who are often famous for reading the sheet music worse than others. They tend to learn the sheet music by scale, and try to remember it when playing. Considering learning some sort of music notation. The internet is always full of guitar tabs, so you can learn how to read it, know the note names of each string, especially if you want to learn riffs and melodies. If you avoid this, you can progress faster in the long run and have potentiality to become an excellent musician!
Two principles for memory:
- Learn to count when you’re reading
- Constantly look at the sheet music without looking at your left hand or right hand.
Learning the sheet music by heart
When learn to play guitar, you must be able to sight the music and play it. Yet to play a song correctly as performers, you need to memorize. Memorizing helps you see the left hand and control your hand fingers on the keys in the upright. It also helps avoid the distraction between sheet music and musical instruments.
When to memorize?
Memorizing the sheet music helps play easily so many people fall into this trap just by memorizing right from the beginning. For example, see the track for the first time, they start learning rhythms and pitches of one or two scale and then practice the left hand proficiently. Then the next few scales. The harmfulness increases here twice. First, do not understand the whole sheet music for its continuity of first part to the other parts. Second, the sheet music parts are skipped so quickly that you will not be able to conceive the sheet music, so the notes become so meaningless and can not be returned for being suddenly interrupted. And the sheet music seems to be a completely new one.
Consequently, learning to play the sheet music from the beginning until the end, with the fingers are in completely accurate position and playing continuously before memorizing it despite of slowing a little bit.
How to memorize?
The safest way is not only to memorize which tasks of every finger and patterns and shapes on the guitar but also to visualize the sheet music. And learn this skill properly. Be fussy. You will sound terrible to begin with, but it is only difficult with beginners for the sheet music has little meaning at that time. But when you form a good habit in this period will bring many benefits later. Maybe sight reading the sheet music will helps you if you want to eventually become a session player, but certainly most people can’t become session players. Consequently, let’s play what you want to play, the way you want to perform it. But keep in mind that sheet music does offer more than tab ever will, so it is worth learning and memorizing.
Hereinafter are proposals:
- Think that you play the songs many times, let’s start playing and you can try to see how long you can play without looking at the sheet music.
- When stopping at intervals, it is needed to find out where you are interrupted, and stop playing, whether can you realize some scales any more?
- Leave the sheet music aside, you start replaying and notice how is your progress. If being stopped, you continue in that way and remember that playing and looking at the sheet music at the same time can’t help you memorize the tracks.