(NOTE: Wanna get better at guitar? Then download The Ultimate Guitar Practice Template and make progress today!)
You’re putting in the time, practicing daily, and you still aren’t making actual progress. Problem is, you’re working hard, not smart. You’re not alone, according to Fender, 90% of guitar players quit within the first year.
And if you’re like I was, you’re probably a little embarrassed with your lack of progress.
I won’t sugar coat it: there’s no way to get the progress you want that doesn’t involve the three ps…”Practice, Practice, Practice!”.
There are a few tips to help you build your skills much faster though. Getting better not just through mindless practicing but through a bit of structure.
1. Get A Guitar Teacher (Hint: It doesn’t have to be face-to-face)
A good guitar teacher can assess your playing, identify weaknesses, and provide a plan to move you forward. Not everyone can find or afford a good face-to-face teacher so many use online guitar lessons.
We’ve come a long way since VHS and DVDs. Online guitar lessons can give you the best of both worlds. The best sites have live and interactive components. This gives you the structure and guidance you need…
…with the comfort and convenience of learning at home (pretty snazzy!).
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…if you want to get the most out of any online guitar lessons (free or paid).
2. Learn Songs
The more you tie your practice sessions to learning a song, the more motivated you’ll be to practice and the more likely you’ll be to practice every chance you get.
It’s important that you pick the right songs for your current skill level and that you don’t practice mistakes. Keep your practice sessions musical and you’ll see substantial improvements in overall playing ability in a shorter amount of time.
If you’re learning guitar with online lessons, find a site with the most officially licensed song lessons. This will make your experience much more enjoyable.
3. Practice Slowly Until You Don’t Mess Up
Most players start practicing a new riff or lick by attempting to play it up to speed. This is incorrect. Start at a slow tempo (think 60 BPM) and work your way gradually up to speed.
This slow practice allows your mind to commit the movements to memory. It also allows you to notice any bad tension in your hands or arms and work on resolving it. It seems counter-intuitive but practicing slowly at first will give you way faster results.
Stop being embarrassed about your guitar playing and do something about it.
One final tip:
Wanna get better at guitar? Then download The Ultimate Guitar Practice Template and make progress today!