How to practice Guitar
How to practice your guitar
To learn to play guitar takes a lot of effort both physical and mental. Like most things in life that are worth doing it takes dedication and determination. However the rewards in the case of playing guitar will last a lifetime, will give endless pleasure, receive the admiration of others not fortunate enough to really appreciate and understand music, will give satisfaction of achievement and understanding far beyond merely playing the guitar.
To learn to play guitar means going through a quite complex process of learning what appear to be unrelated bits of information and boring routines then trying to put it all together and understand how it all hangs together.
There are quite a lot of these ‘bits’ to learn before you actually begin to learn how to play the guitar and you have to have a lot of faith in your teacher and most of all in yourself that eventually all that hard work will result in one day you suddenly ‘get it’ and start to really enjoy it.
The basis of learning to play guitar is repetitive practice but how to practice is very important if you want to succeed.
How to practice 2
While you are learning all you need to know in order to start actually playing the guitar practicing can be quite stressful and you may feel you are not getting anywhere. Clearly this is not going to help you achieve your goal.
It’s better to ‘warm up’ first by playing something you know. This will ‘get you going’. It is very important that you split up your practice time into at least two parts. After your warm up the first part should be devoted to the thing you hate doing the most or the most boring thing or the ‘learning’ part. The last part should always be for you to enjoy with no rules and no set pattern.
Ultimately to play the guitar you should be able to play sequences of chords and be able to ‘pick out’ a melody. So in the last part of each practice play any sequence of chords you like then try and pick out a sequence of notes.
It doesn’t matter if they are in tune – as time goes by and you improve – your timing and tuning will get better. The only rule is use the correct fingering (one finger one fret) and ENJOY IT.