5 Ways To Improve Your Guitar Playing

Like any instrument it does take knowledge and an understanding of the instrument. To really improve and get great results with your guitar playing it will take consistent practice and time to learn to apply what you’ve learned and lots of patience. 

This is common sense, but for many guitar players, there is a feeling that they are missing some kind of secret. Well, this is kind of true. Today we will look at two very important elements you will need to become a great guitar player. Whether it’s just to be able play what you want from home or to preform huge concerts. These are not all you need, but they are necessary. I am calling these secrets, pillars because, to have a large fortress you need a strong foundation and stable support to uphold what you’re going to build on the top.

So, why do some people seem to be born with it? 

Did they learn from some guru or are they just “gifted”? They may have been taught it and they might be a little “gifted”, but that isn’t enough in the long haul. If you think that is all you will need then you might been listening to other people too much. People make up excuses like, “they were born with it” because, they feel inadequate themselves. They are afraid to try and fail, so they never try. I believe you are ready. Do you believe you are? Even if you don’t feel like you are, you’re reading and that is a good sign this is the right time.

Now, for some of you, there is something important I have to follow up that last paragraph with. If you have tried,then why have you been stuck in the same spot for a very long time? It could be that you stopped learning, but I doubt that was your original intention. You may have stopped applying what you already know and as a result stopped learning further on the guitar. For a lot of people, once they “know” something they think they have it all figured out and it should just magically work. Everyone does this from time to time, but some do it a lot. Don’t be that kind of guitarist. The greats all had mentors, teachers, or they were asking the greats before them for the answers. Walking in their footsteps as close as humanly possible; immersing themselves in greatness and finding it rubbing off on them.

 

 

Its vital that you allocate  time to practising. It’s not enough to simply pick up a guitar and pluck away—You need to focus on your playing and what exact elements need work.

More often than not, when a guitarist struggles to make a smooth chord change. Its the left hand fretting the chord that cant keep up with the right hand strumming the guitar. Just simply practice with your left hand making a change from G to Em. Move like a ninja work up speed – what finger should move first? – thing logically about that.  

Don’t just learn it, perfect it.

It’s a good idea to get into the habit of developing  laser focused chunks of practice,  and really nail something. For example put a stop watch on and for 3 minutes just work on changing between 2 chords – left hand only. It will seem like an eternity- try it ! 

This can’t be stated enough, but always use a metronome, click track, drum beat, or backing track when you’re practising. Whether you’re doing scales, playing a song, or just jamming away, have a beat to keep time to. The more you practice to a timed beat, the more accurate your internal rhythm will be.

Don’t just learn it, perfect it.

It’s a good idea to get into the habit of developing  laser focused chunks of practice,  and really nail something. For example put a stop watch on and for 3 minutes just work on changing between 2 chords – left hand only. It will seem like an eternity- try it !