I wanted to make this blog post very simple but very helpful. If you are new to guitar or your playing has taken a bit of a dip, here are some tips that might help.
20 tips that can help your current guitar playing situation.
- Always learn new things: There are hundreds of different techniques that you can learn on guitar, research, ask and try.
- Learn a new chord every day. There are more than 200 chords and chord progression suggestions here – http://www.jamorama.com/chordbook. Learn some chord variations to spice up your playing.
- Buy a guitar course, either an online course or books and DVDs.
- Try learning another instrument too, drums, harmonica, piano, anything that you like or have an interest in. It will help you to improve your skills as a guitarist and mould you into a more rounded musician.
- Do you hate dancing? Make it your friend, it will help you to improve your rhythm.
- Try to play songs you like by ear . It doesn’t matter if you make mistakes, an error always equals a new learning. Trying to play songs like this will help improve your chord recognition.
- Don’t stress when playing your guitar. Playing the guitar is fun. Love it!
- If you play electric, try acoustic. If you play acoustic, try electric. If you’ve tried everything, learn some latin jazz or Flamenco.
- Read and research for guitar websites like this and always post questions or comments on blogs or forums.
- Give your instrument some love. Always clean and maintain your guitar so it’s always at its best.
- Air your questions and doubts to other guitarists you know.
- Something we have mentioned here hundreds of times, listen to music! Not only your favorite style but every style.
- Learn guitar scales. The repetition will help develop consistency and technique.
- Practice consistently. Try for at the very least 1 hour every 2 days, 40 minutes everyday would be ideal!
- Always warm up. This is very important, every time you practice make sure you warm up for at least 10 or 15 minutes.
- Become a guitar geek. Learn everything about the guitar, technical aspects, what type of set-up you like; strings, amps, pickups, etc. The internet is the best source of information for this.
- If you are going to get serious about your guitar playing, buy a decent guitar. Never make a guitar buying decision hastily.
- Use a metronome when practicing. Enough said!
- Pay attention to your strumming hand once in awhile! Most guitar players spend way too much time focusing on their fretting hand.
- Don’t try and take on too much. If a song or an exercise is too difficult for you, you may end up getting frustrated and giving up on the whole learning guitar thing. Not cool!
I think 20 tips are good for now. Read them all, once, twice or more but most importantly, put a few into practice starting now!
I will continue throwing out some more tips over the next few weeks!
Hope this helps!