Monday 08 July 2019
It's better to specialize than wanting to do everything.
Honestly, you'll never have enough time in a lifetime to tackle everything, so as to make choices and go straight to the essentials.
Do not fall into the trap of wanting to touch everything, if you want to quickly get to your goal.
By focusing on what you want to play right from the start (such as the music style for example), you will effectively reduce the time lost “looking for yourself” or working on styles that are far from what you like and, by the way, you will be much more effective.
This way of working by making choices, also allows you to work the pieces deeper.
Make YouTube playlists that you'll name as you want (and that will avoid interrupting yourself if you're already working on an exercise!) , otherwise you tend to want to try everything right away and forget everything else.
Again, it keeps you focused on what you're doing, and a while later, when you have more time, you can easily return to that video you were interested in a few weeks or months earlier.
As a result, you will be much more effective and your mind will remain focused on what you are doing right now.
REACH We all want to play very complicated songs or incredible solos, but if you're not ready yet, you're going to waste crazy time needlessly.
Of course, you have to have challenges, but wait for the right time to do so, which will save you a lot of time. Instead of spending 3 months there, you will spend 3 days there! ; -)
So it will be more rewarding (nicer too!) , less difficult and you will enjoy it.
It is very important to acquire the reflex to play systematically in rhythm.
You can get a metronome, a looper with built-in battery, or you can download iOS or Android apps containing Drums Loops or Drums Loops.
There are many accessible and free possibilities so please!
Take this habit right from the start because there's nothing more frustrating than realizing that you're playing in a shift on the day you're playing with other musicians.
Always start with something easy to please yourself, then with a more technical part and finally with a ventilation part to disconnect your brain.
From the beginning of your session, get used to playing little bits of songs you know well. It's much nicer and you'll always want to move forward and play with pleasure. In
addition, taking your guitar in hand is something nice, because it is a beautiful object that you want to ring. Keep in mind these fundamentals: atmosphere, fun and energy.
You have to spend the most time on the technical exercise part, with small and most importantly achievable goals. The gratification of succeeding in doing something will amplify your motivation.
And finally, the relaxation section to finish on a positive note. For example, launch a backing track that you like on your wireless speakers and have fun placing your chords, improvisations, solos and voice.
At the same time, you will work your ear while having fun.
Make every effort to play your pieces or exercises by following all the necessary instructions to achieve an increasingly fluid game: fingers used, sense of the plectrum, strings played, pressure on the strings close to the fret, speed and accuracy of your game.
If you encounter a particular difficulty on a passage, isolate it to work for a longer time by playing very slowly with a metronome or a Drum Loop. Your fingers and muscles will incorporate into your DNA all the information you need to get a good result. Hence the importance of playing slowly, scrupulously respecting all the indications provided. Do not skip the steps because your body will record the defects and you will not manage to undo them any more, as well go slowly and gradually. These are the details that make everything!! Be precise at each step.
faster you go to work on your guitar shots, the more you will have a game full of defects on rhythmic, correctness, sound and groove. In the end, you'll have to go back to lots of points to improve overall rendering.
See it like this, when you teach your brain something, it goes into REC recording mode on its magnetic tape, it records all bad gestures and habits. As soon as you rewind to play this famous passage, all the flaws will come out.
When you play very slowly following the instructions, it saves all the data and the right gestures to have. Then, as you play slowly but surely, your game will improve and you will be able to set the tempo gently to exercise at each level. It's kind of like scuba diving, there are decompression levels. Knowing how to take your time to become better is one of the most important keys on this list.
Take a step back when you play something to observe what's happening on the strings, what sound you get up or down the guitar, impact of the plectrum on the strings, the shape of your fingers on the chords. Observation is a major asset to the guitar because it is by looking at things from a different angle that you will see shapes on the neck of your guitar. For example, for ranges, if you look at them well..... all positions make shapes much easier to remember than names or numbers of strings and boxes. Everything that happens on a guitar is mathematical so there is some logic in moving on the neck. Take the time to understand what you're doing by taking breaks to analyze and observe.
Work your ear will allow you to find correct notes without looking at the tabs, to find melodies you like just trying on one or two strings. This improves the connections of your brain to memorize notes and structures. The more your ear will be developed, the more demanding you will be with yourself and others in order to achieve an ever more pleasant result. Having a good ear is also an advantage to tune your guitar, to place a solo and of course to sing. It is a huge and very rewarding pleasure to find an entire melody on your guitar thanks to your ear as you feel that you are progressing faster and faster.
It's obvious that when you don't have your instrument with you, try to analyze the music you listen to while going to work or in your car, see how it's broken down and structured.Find the number of instruments used, arpeggios, solos, etc. It's a whole musical culture that you can improve without having your instrument in your hands. For example, when you listen to a piece in a good headset, you will feel the slides on the strings, the famous casserole dishes, the slides, the bends, but also the harmonies between the instruments and the voices.
When you want to progress fast on the guitar, you have to work at least 30 minutes a day minimum. To do this, you need to make sure you have no constraints to grab your guitar in your hands by snapping your fingers. Here's what to do:
1) Never store your guitar in a pouch and leave it in your living room on one foot
2) Always tune your guitar before playing
3) Use Extra-Light strings if you're a beginner, they don't hurt your fingers
4) Play with a 0.70mn pick or play directly with your fingers ;
5) Create yourself a songbook of the songs you like to always have it within your reach
6) Use apps like or other to help you
Good scratch at all!