Learning Music Theory Will Make You A Better Guitar Player In Three Ways

Learning Music Theory Will Make You A Better Guitar Player In Three Ways

There are hundreds of reasons to learn music theory, but for this article, we will focus on just three main reasons to get started on this journey today.

Why Music Theory?

Will Music Theory stunt your creativity, or will it set you free on the path of musical enlightenment? Is it worth finding out? And are you better off staying away from it completely? The answers to this are surprisingly simple — keep reading to find out more!

Music Theory

Everyone on the Internet likes to talk about their tips for learning Music Theory, and there's always at least one commenter who doesn't believe it's worth it ("you just gotta feel and go along with the vibe"), or that other person who says Theory "is the only way to get good." But one thing neither of these people get into is what tangible benefits does learning Music Theory actually give you. 



It's always a good practice to know what you're getting into before expending energy on it, right? 

Like any good debate, experts land on either side of the fence when it comes to Music Theory. And there is a solid reason why you can find many articles about people who have had a bad experience with it: They've learned Music Theory the wrong way. But how can you be sure you're on the right path? The best way it to learn with a competent teacher.

In the end, once you start learning Music Theory using the "real" method, you will start gaining the following skills (and these are just the beginning) much quicker than you might think.

You'll Have The Ability To Write Songs Like A Breeze

Have you ever had a sudden rush of inspiration for a great riff, but then start to have trouble breaking it into a whole song? This is a common issue that happens to every musician — the good news it's a temporary condition caused by a limited knowledge of composition and creative stimulation. 

Songwriting

I know, I know, you've never heard that learning music theory can actually stimulate creativity; but it's absolutely true. And that's because, contrary to popular belief, Music Theory actually doesn't contain a single rule, but is actually a set of tools to be used when they're needed. 

There is also a large study of Music Theory dedicated to the exact problem of completing songs from a single melody, riff, or chord progression. The best part is that there are many ways to do this — and learning theory will help you find multiple different ways for the darkest of nights. 

Think about it, Elton John isn't the only musician out there who won't work on a song for more than 30 minutes, realizing that taking any longer only results in a boring composition; but have you ever composed a song of that quality in less than 30 minutes? Would you like to make it to that level? The answer lies in music theory, and that ability comes much faster than you would believe.

Your Fingers Will Become And Extension Of Your Ears

Have you ever listened to Steve Vai and wondered how he can easily sing exactly the same melody as is coming from his guitar - and vice versa? It's actually a simple technique called transcribing, and he can do it in the moment: and with a little bit of practice, a complete amateur will be able to as well. 

Make sure to practice this technique for a little bit, and if it isn't as simple as I think it is, let me know in the comments below. 

You'll Learn How To Solo Over Every Chord Progression

Many players new to the guitar know of only two methods to solo or make a melody over a chord progression: using "patterns" or going by "ear"; meaning they either listen for notes and melodies that sound good, or by learning and playing a number of unique patterns to use on top of fast or complex progressions. 

You'll be forgiven if it sounds a little backwards — because it absolutely is. When you start to learn theory, you'll see that using patterns and playing by ear are actually the same for two reasons:

1. You'll know the patterns before the notes are played.

2. When you hear a note, you'll know what patterns it works with.

Playing with patterns and by ear will mesh into the same thing once you start picking up theory the correct way. Once this happens, your fingers will become an extension of your heart — even when you're faced with complicated progressions. 



It sounds tough, but once you start practicing, you'll see how simple it really is. 

Next Steps

Now that you're ready to begin working on these skills, it's time to hit the books. There are thousands of resources on different sites throughout the Internet. And while there are good ones out there, finding them means you have to think critically as outlined in my article about Real Vs. Fake Music Theory; I have many more resources that can be found in the link below, as well — such as a map to help navigate Music Theory, and guides for beginners. Remember to grab your guitar, and practice along with all of the readings!

About The Author

A professional guitarist, teacher, and composer, Tommaso Zillio enjoys particularly writing about guitar music theory and its application to guitar playing

How To Improve Your Playing Faster

How to Make A Lot More Progress In Your Guitar Playing

In this article I am going to give you few tips on how to accelerate the improvement of your guitar playing. This are not going to be lessons or licks, but mindset and work ethics.

Guitar Lessons

What causes improvements in guitar playing?

First of all, we have to know what causes the improvement, or even more important, what causes lack of improvement. When we start learning an instrument, there are just so many things to learn and we often don't even know where to start.

On the other hand, we usually have our guitar heroes and we want to play like them. This is the first problem, that occurs even with more advanced players. For example, you want to play solos like Satriani, Slash, Vai,... and you want to play rhythm guitar like James Hetfield, on the other hand you might want to play acoustic guitar like Tommy Emmanuel and so on.

First Obstacle

The first obstacle is, that you want to play solos like three amazing players, all at once. First thing you have to acknowledge is, that Slash plays only like Slash, and Vai plays only like Vai. They've spent their entire careers becoming who they are, and they play only things they are comfortable with.

So if you try to play like many guitar players, it's like as if you were trying to beat some of the best basketball players at what they're best, all at once. Impossible, right? What you should do instead is, try to learn the things that you like about them and make them sound like you.

Sure, I've jumped over many levels of learning, I know.

Back to the beginning

To learn and improve faster, the first step is to find yourself the best guitar teacher you can find. But often getting the best guitar teacher comes with unrealistic expectations. Some (many, in fact) students think, that the better the teacher is, less they'll have to practice. Do I really need to mention how wrong that is?

Having a great teacher

Great teacher can teach you how to practice the right way, he can show you what to practice, what are the important things for you, he can fix some of your problems, but the actual work - practice - has to be done by you!

How to use your teacher

That being said, let's see what you can do to use your teacher the best way.

Do everything exactly as your teacher told you.

Do not look for shortcuts when something is difficult. Do not look away and practice something you're more comfortable with. This as if you'd  intentionally be trying to slow down your progress. If your teacher tells you to repeat the same thing over and over again, you should probably do it, right?

Write everything down.

Every lesson, every tip, every mistake that your teacher tells you you're doing. This are very important things. Your teacher has probably struggled for a long time to find the solutions for your problems.

He once probably had the same problems as you. You can walk the path he's laid for you, straight to success.

If you don't remember what he's told you, it's like you don't see the path and walk everywhere around.  

On the other hand, if you write everything down, you'll have your little million dollar book of secrets, of ways how to fix problems etc. And whenever you'll feel like you don't know what to practice you'll be able to open that book, find something you're not good enough at, and know exactly what to do.

Always ask if you didn't understand something!

Your teacher can't help you if he doesn't know that you don't understand. You have to communicate with him. 

Do not learn same thing from different sources.

YouTube can be very dangerous  for your progress. Only few YouTube "instructors" provide relevant information, and until you don't know how to do the thing they're teaching the right way, you can't tell if they're right.

So don't do something different, because you saw it on YouTube. It's like you have a solution for your problem, and you could move to another problem, but you try to find different solution for a problem you've already solved.

If I haven't convinced you yet, think of it this way - if they're so good, why aren't they professional teachers? Do you think they chose not to be, so they could spend their time making free videos instead? I don't think so.

 

If you follow these tips, you'll definitely progress a lot faster. But, in the first place, find yourself the best guitar teacher you can find around you, so you'll get the most relevant information and won't learn things the wrong way in the beginning.

 About Author

This article was written by Nejc Vidmar, a professional guitar teacher and musician from Slovenia. All what you've read in the article above is a result of observing many students over many years and seeing actual difference in progress between those who followed this and those who didn't.

 

 

 

 

 

Understand why you are getting stuck with learning Guitar on YouTube or online courses

Understand why you are getting stuck with online guitar lessons

As more and more guitar resources, apps, games are appearing, we are seeing more and more frustrated guitar players who have attempted to learn online. Whether it’s through YouTube or specific online guitar lessons/programs. They often leave people struggling rather than succeeding at what they love to do. In this article, we look at the main issues and why you may be struggling to learn guitar online. These are very common and problems that we’ve seen from lots of students who have come to us asking for help.

No Feedback

Feedback from guitar teacher

One of the problems with online guitar lessons is that you aren’t getting feedback, so even though you think you know exactly what they are doing on the videos, you can’t see certain things about yourself. And because you don’t have feedback, you aren’t sure why you aren’t sounding right and know what is actually going on and what the problems are that needs fixing.

You don’t know if the person is good or if the material is right for you

So the first problem is, is the person teaching you actually a good teacher? So for online guitar lessons, its very easy for people to access the internet and start teaching the teacher. They may be a good player, but that doesn’t always translate into being a good teacher. So there are a lot of YouTubers, and teachers online. There are a lot of good teachers, I’m not saying all of them are bad. There are lots of good and also a lot of bad teachers out there.

The problem is that the material that you are watching, how do you know they are the right level for where your guitar playing is at? It’s often up to you to select which materials are right for you, so how do you know that the materials are definitely right for where you are at right now?

And what the problems or areas you need more teaching in to overcome? Often our students come to us with big blind spots that they didn’t even know they had, and they are busy focusing on something else. And once we start working on the blind spots with them, that’s when the real results come.

No Real Accountability

There is no one to hold you accountable. When you are meeting with a teacher face to face, there is someone to encourage you to do the practise, to help you if you are struggling to practise. There is someone who if you don’t do your practise, is there to encourage you to do so and challenge you when needed. With online lessons, it’s very easy to let things slide, or ignore the lessons. And when you don’t understand something to abandon it, which can leave holes in your playing.

Generalised Information

Online lessons use a lot of generalised information when actually you need specialised information. For example, you and your guitar learning is like a car. So when going online, they say yes you need good tyres, and make sure your engine is running well. But actually when you and your car have problems, you need to specific manual with your engine and your tyres and your exhaust. And that is what happens online. You need specific information to help you with guitar playing. You don’t generalised information that may help general people. Generalised information will help you in a long term to a certain extent, but the real key is in specialised information that will really help you right now to make progress and continue in the long term to get you the results a lot quicker.

Getting Your Questions Answered

Generally, you will have questions at some point about your playing, and about the guitar. And someone students even have problems that they don’t even know how to put into words and they need to show someone by playing the guitar to them. Sometimes writing down the questions may work, but sometimes you do need to show them what the issues are. With most guitar lessons online, it’s hard to be able to get those specific questions you may have answered. So getting feedback in person can definitely help a lot with that.

YouTube and Online Lessons Can Make You Good at Playing in Your Bedroom

However, they often lead to be less confident when playing in front of other people or playing with other people. Those are big skills that you really need to experience, to learn how to communicate musically, learning how to count and play with other people. Online lessons often make you struggle to experience these things, so then it’s easy to lack confidence and make it a struggle to play at parties or in front of other people.

bedroom guitar player

We hope this guide has helped you understand a bit more about the reasons why you may be struggling online and know that these are very common problems. To resolve these problems quickly, the best way is to find a great guitar teacher.

If you are based in East London, and you are struggling with learning guitar online, we would love to hear from you. In our lessons, you can get specialised coaching and training in person. Get in contact with us by clicking the button below, we offer a free meeting with a guitar teacher so we can see where your playing is at, and how we can help you reach your goals. Look forward to hearing from you.

How To Break Out Of The Pentatonic Scale

How To Break Out Of The Pentatonic Scale And Really Start Sounding Like A Pro With Your Blues Guitar Soloing

If you have improvised a solo over the 12 bar blues progression before you will no doubt be familiar with the pentatonic scale.

While this scale is a great starting point for your guitar solo and improvisation, it is just that, a starting point. Before too long you are going to become bored with this scale and be looking for something more to bring to the table.

Don’t get me wrong, using the pentatonic scale to solo and improvise with is just fine, and it sounds great, but there is so much more you can do.

One approach you can take that will definitely elevate your playing to a whole new level is to use arpeggio’s in your solo’s.

What are arpeggio’s?

Put simply, an arpeggio is when you play the notes of a chord separately. So for example, when a C chord is being played, you can play an arpeggio shape over the top of it and be playing/targeting all the notes that make up a C chord. When the chord changes, you change to an arpeggio shape for that specific chord, and in turn play/target the notes of that chord.

This is a very melodic way to play guitar and sounds awesome! It’s the difference between an amateur soloing and a pro soloing. 

Do I really need to ask which you’d prefer to be/sound like :)

Before we get stuck into some arpeggio shapes and their application, be sure you are familiar with the following 12 bar blues chord progression in C:

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It’s more important than ever if you are going to be using arpeggios in your solos to know the chord progression you will be using them over.

Arpeggio Shapes

To begin using arpeggios in your solos, you must first get some arpeggio shapes down on your guitar. 

The following two arpeggios shapes that we will work with in this article come from chords I am sure you know.

The first is what’s known as a Major arpeggio and relates directly to the root 6 major bar chord form: 

Root 6 Arpeggio

The second is also a major arpeggio only this time relating to the root 5 major bar chord form: 

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Take some time to get these arpeggios into your fingers. You must be somewhat familiar with them if you are to then use them to solo with.

Soloing With Arpeggios 

Now you have a couple of arpeggio shapes down in your fingers, it’s time to apply them to our 12 bar blues in C. 

Even if you have dominant 7 chords in your blues, which you often do, you will still be fine applying these major arpeggio shapes. This is because the base of a dominant chord is a major triad. We could add the 7th note into our arpeggio and make them dominant 7th arpeggio’s, however we will keep that for another article. 

For now just know the major arpeggios will serve you just fine for a blues.

So here now is an example of applying our arpeggio shapes over a 12 bar blues in C. 

arpeggios over 12 bar blues

Notice how I need to change to the appropriate arpeggio as the chord changes in the progression I am soloing over. I start out with the C arpeggio, using the major 6 pattern, over the C chord, but need to change to the root 5 F arpeggio pattern when the chord changes to F.

We are following the chord change and the result is a very melodic solo.

The above example is a little exercise like, but an important step in getting arpeggios into your guitar playing. 

Watch the video below where you will see myself explain and demonstrate these arpeggio shapes over the blues.

You can also hear me improvise a little more with these arpeggio shapes to give you a glimpse of what’s possible, including two guitars arpeggiating through the blues at the same time. 

Even though there are no chords being played at this point you will still here the outline of the 12 bar blues progression as each chord is implied through the arpeggio being used at the time. 

Youtube Video:

As always experiment and have fun with these arpeggio shapes in your guitar solos. You can use them anytime you have major chords backing your solos. They are not exclusive to the blues, so use them as much as possible so they become a natural part of what you do when playing lead guitar.

Author Box:

Simon Candy is a professional musician and guitar instructor from Melbourne, Australia. Running his own guitar school, Simon teaches and trains guitarist’s in the styles of rock, blues, jazz, and fingerstyle. Simon particularly specialises in the acoustic guitar and also offers online acoustic guitar lessons

How to pick whether you should start playing on an electric or acoustic guitar as a beginner guitar player

Should you start with acoustic or electric guitar as a beginner guitarist?

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Are you wondering whether you should start with an acoustic or electric guitar? Are you heard people say various things to you but you aren’t sure? I hope this article will help you make the best decision for you when it comes to playing the guitar as a beginner and choosing the right guitar for you, whether it’s an acoustic or electric guitar.

Let’s clarify the common myth

I hear a lot of beginner guitar players say this and it’s completely not true. It’s actually really misleading and so it is worth clarifying the facts surrounding this myth so you know the facts when it comes to making a decision.

“It’s better to play the acoustic guitar as a beginner because it’s easier to learn on. Once you get good, then you get an electric guitar.”

Not this is definitely not true based on a common of main reasons, let’s discuss what these are.

Reasons why acoustic guitars are not easier to play than electric guitars

As a beginner guitar play learning to play the guitar, when you start on either the acoustic or electric guitar, you will have some initial challenges. These include getting your finger strength up, toughening up your finger tips, and getting your wrist stronger. Along side this, there is working where the frets and the string of your guitar are.

Comparing the acoustic guitar to the electric guitar, acoustic guitar have thicker strings which are harder to play for your fretting hand because they are harder to press down, and harder to bend. They are also a lot more work for your finger tips as well.

Also on the acoustic guitar, you have a big body on it that you have to couch over to see your fretboard and your strings to see what you are playing. Because of this, it tends to create more tension in your back and actually make it harder to play it for longer periods of time.

Because of these reasons which have so many consequential effects on your guitar playing when you first start. With an electric guitar, you will find easier to play with the thinner strings and thinner body, which means you can practise for longer, getting your technique more precise, and building up your finger strength and finger tip strength gradually. You will be in less pain, so you can play for longer which means you can make more progress.

Now that doesn’t mean you should definitely start with an electric guitar, even though there are some good reasons to. So let’s see why.

Why would you start on an acoustic guitar rather than electric guitar?

The main reason why you would start on an acoustic guitar instead of an electric is because you similar have no interest in the electric guitar. You only ever want to play finger style guitar or you only like campfire style songs. And no part of you ever wants to touch an electric guitar. Maybe you don’t like electric guitar music, or you just solely only ever want to play acoustic style music. Then getting an acoustic guitar is a great idea.

When you get your first guitar, you want it to be something you get really excited about. You want to come home from work and see it and get excited about playing it.

So if an acoustic guitar is what gets you really excited, then get an acoustic. Get one that is easier and comfortable to start on.

Why an electric guitar would suit you better?

If you ever want to play rock music or pop or anything that might touch an electric guitar, then getting an electric guitar first is a great idea. Also if you are ever interested in wanting to do solos, playing lead guitar or improvisation as well. Then getting an electric guitar will be really helpful. This is because comparing the fretboard of the electric guitar to the acoustic, the acoustic guitar normally goes up to around 12 frets, and then the remaining frets are over the body of the guitar, making it harder to play. On the other hand, for electric guitars, they go up to a much higher fret number giving you a lot more flexibility when it comes to soloing and improvising.

Final piece of advice

I would recommend that one day in the future that you get both guitars. If you are really passionate about guitar music and want to play either at one point, then having at least one of each is a great idea. I would suggest starting off on the electric guitar, and then once you get some milestones, get yourself an acoustic guitar as well. 

The key thing to remember is that whatever you do, get something that till excite you. Make you want to practise your guitar more. Remember, it’s your effort and hard work and persistence at keeping going playing the guitar that will make the biggest difference in your guitar playing. Not the type of guitar that you have initially.

Are you wanting to learn how to play the guitar but don’t know where to start? Do you wish you had someone to help you so you can play your favourite songs with ease? Do you want to feel confident playing the guitar so you can jam and play with your friends?

Find out how all this is possible by contacting us, we can help you progress from a beginner to an advanced area on both the acoustic and electric guitar. Click on the button below which will take you through to our contact form so we can schedule in your free introductory lesson where we can get to know what it is that you are excited to achieve on the guitar.

 

 

 

5 Reasons Why You May Want to Join Millions of Others in Learning to Play the Guitar

5 Reasons Why You May Want to Join Millions of Others in Learning to Play the Guitar

There are millions of people around the world who play the guitar. Whether it’s classical, Spanish, rock, pop, folk, metal music. There are a tonne of different genres of guitar music that are played by millions of children and adults.

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So why is guitar so much fun and so popular? Why do so many people want to play the guitar?

You can play lots of different styles of music

Once someone has learnt the fundamentals of playing the guitar, they can translate that skill into specialising in different types of guitar playing. I know metal guitarists who play classical baroque music and know acoustic players who play rock music.

The skills you learn on the guitar are very transferable into different styles of playing with a little more effort. So feel free to get started and then figure out exactly what you want to do later on! As long as you are passionate about guitar music, then that’s the most important thing with learning the guitar.

Lots of Popular Music Have Guitar Music in It

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In a lot of popular music that are on the radio or in bands have guitar playing in it. This has created an interest in people wanting to play the guitar.

If you love music which has a guitar in it, and you are willing to put in the work and effort in learning, then you can learn to play along to your favourite songs in no time!

You get to play guitar with your friends and family

As guitar is so popular, you will probably find friends or family members who can also play the guitar! Or you can play the guitar while they sing or play another instrument.
The guitar works really well with most instruments because you can play rhythm or lead with it. Making it very versatile.

You can even play with a large group of 15 people and still make the guitar sound good! Just make sure you are playing different parts of the composition.

It is also a tonne of fun playing with other people! If you have some basic understanding of guitar and feel comfortable transitioning between chords and staying in time. You can start to play with others.

Do you have a small apartment or travel a lot?

travelling guitar player

A lot of people switch from playing the piano to guitar in the city because the guitar is a lot more portable and a lot smaller. You can pick it up and start playing it rather than going to sit down at the piano.

If you travel a lot, you can get a small portable guitar that you can take with you on the plane as well.

Because guitars are small, you can collect them! When you meet a guitar player, the likelihood is that they have a few guitars. So when your friends come round, you can all play together.

Do you like things that make sense?

The guitar is a really logical instrument if you learn it in the right way. Once you learn the fundamentals and begin to understand the guitar. There are lots of patterns and things you can figure out on it. Some people really enjoy playing the guitar by ear, and some people really enjoy the music theory side of music. It can be a really fun instrument if you enjoy problem-solving.

The guitar is easy to get started. It does take some effort and work to get over the beginning stage to get your brain coordinated with your hands. But once you get past that stage, it becomes a lot easier.

If you are passionate about music and love the guitar, then learning how to play the guitar may be the right instrument for you. As long as you are prepared to persist, and you have the right instructions and the right training. You will get to where you want to.

About guitar teacher:

Based in London, England. Darryl is a full-time guitar teacher and guitar school owner. Focused on helping guitar players to achieve their goals and dreams on the guitar. Learning how to play the guitar, whether they are young, old. Beginner or advanced

Guitar Tricks for Beginners Part 2

Continuing on from Part 1 where we spoke about how persistence is the most important thing when it comes to playing the guitar. We also spoke about how sitting properly with a guitar will save you a tonne of time in practising and save you a lot of tension and back pain in your future playing.

Common Problems with Beginner Guitar Players

Let’s talk about some other common problems that we see with beginner guitar players have initially with their guitar playing. We are going to discuss:

1)    How you can practise your songs so that you can make more progress in less time.

2)    How to hold your chords with your fretting hand, so that your chords sound better.

3)    How to make your strumming sound better and more interesting.

Practising songs

A problem with how most people practise their songs on the guitar. Most people play through the whole entire piece of their music without going into the problem areas of their playing. This is like when you have a flat tyre, and you go into the garage asking for a full service when in actual fact, all you need is the tyre fixing and the whole car will work great. 

 

What I want you to do is when you play through your song during practise, when you make your first mistake, don’t go back to the beginning of the song. Just go back to your problem point. For example, if it’s a series of chords that you are practising, and you are struggling to change between two of the chords. Just focus on that change and do it 20 times, and then repeat the song again. 

Doing this will save you minutes today, and hours and days in a lifetime. This will make your practising a lot more effective so you can make more progress in less time.

How to Make Your Chords Sound Even Better

Common question that gets asked by beginners is: Why do my chords sound rubbish?

We are going to address a common reason for why your chords may not sound as good as they can be. 

One of the common things I see beginner guitar players do when they play a chord initially is that a beginner can get the chord shape and put their fingers down. Then when they play, they get this buzzing sound.

Now if you are getting the buzzing sound, typically it means the strings on your guitar are not in contact with the guitar hard enough. There are two ways to solve that problem:

1)    You can press harder, which doesn’t always work and it’s a lot of extra work on your fingers, hand and wrist.

2)    OR, you can move your fingers closer towards the fret lines on the fretboard.

So like the image below: Where you slide your fingers closer to the fret line and then play.

guitar lessons for beginners frets tricks

 

You get a much better sound. You don’t want your fingers directly on top of the fretlines, you want them just behind it. Now you can press it even with the same amount of pressure as you were before, and you will hear a much better sound. Try this yourself, get your fingers as close as you can, it’s not always possible to do with all the fingers, but do the best you can and you will get a better sound out of your chords.

How to make your strumming sound better

This problem I see many beginner guitarists have is with their strumming hand. If they play often they get this blocky sound, up and down the guitar. The problem when this happens is not in your fretting hand. The problem normally stems from your strumming hand.

Let’s take a look at how we can solve that. We need to stop thinking of the strumming hand going up and down as on, off, on, off. You need to start thinking of your strumming hand like a paintbrush. You don’t often see people stabbing their paintbrush against the canvas. There usually a certain amount of depth and variation in the paintbrush strokes. So start thinking of your strumming hand in the same way. So let’s try this, take a chord, any chord you feel comfortable with.

1)    Play the first few strings slowly and then quickly through the last three to four strings.

2)    Now try this in reverse, from the high strings to the low strings. Playing the higher strings slowly and then going through the lower strings faster.

We can already hear that it is a lot more interesting now that it has more depth and variation in each string.

Now try putting those two together, still having that sense of having a brush in your right hand.

Finally, apply this to any strumming patterns you’ve got and see how this creates a difference in your strumming playing to help make it sound more interesting.

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Beginner Guitar Tracks – Part 1

Welcome to our series of guitar tips and beginner guitar tricks to help you as a beginner guitar playing to improve your guitar playing.

1.     Having persistence in your guitar playing when you first start

 

When you learn the guitar, you need to learn to be persistent at any stage of it. It is definitely important that you do this in the beginner, even if you think you are struggling, to keep going. And just be pig headed about it. Initially, when you first learn how to play, it’s not easy. You have to get your brain to work with your hands and fingers in a way that they have never done before, and it takes a bit of time to really get the hang of it.

So when you are having a bad day, a bad week or even a bad year where you feel like you haven’t played very much. Just keep going and that’s what makes all the the difference between people who can play the guitar and those who can’t.

2.     Sitting in a way that helps you play comfortably and play easier when standing

 

A lot of beginner guitar players wonder how they should sit with the guitar, and they don’t know how to put their shoulders in the right place so their arms and hands are in the right position.

The other problem that we see often is that when they go from sitting down to standing up, their playing really suffers. If they spend all their time practising sitting down, and suddenly have to go do an open mic night playing standing up, they wonder why everything is that much harder and it doesn’t feel right again.

Beginner guitar lesson on how to sit with a guitar

 

This really sucks, and we see a lot of advanced guitar players go through the same thing because they haven’t addressed this problem early on enough. So much so that it actually causes them a load of problems later down the line such as back pain, and tension, which slows down their playing.

So let’s going through what a typical guitar playing position is that beginner guitar players tend to take on. This is seen as the “rock and roll” sitting position where they have the guitar on the side with their strumming hand. If you are right handed, then it’s your right leg. The guitar is sitting horizontally for them with the headstock pointing slight forwards at times. What happens here is your body is then twisted to stop the guitar from moving, you are having the use your arm as well to keep it in place. All of this is adding extra tension and reducing your playing ability.

Also when you sit in this position and go to stand up, you will find that when standing up, your guitar is now across your body rather than on the side. The angle of the guitar is now diagonal as well. So when you go from playing sitting down to standing up, you have to re-practise where your hands have to be, your brain has to reconfigure where all the frets are and the string positions as well. That’s twice the amount of practise to make sure you are play as awesome in both position.

So let’s see how we can address this.

how to sit with a guitar properly as a beginner guitarist

 

We are going to shift your guitar over to the other leg, so it’s sitting on your fretting side. If you are right handed, it’s now on your left leg. We are going to get a footstool to place under our left leg to prop it up, so your knee is higher up. If you don’t have a footstool, you can use some books instead.

Then sit your guitar diagonally so the headstock of the guitar is inline with your eyeline. Once you’ve got this, try sitting there with no hands supporting your guitar. Your guitar should be able to sit there, with your whole body comfortable, your back straight and no hands or arms supporting it.

guitar lesson for beginner guitarists on how to sit with a guitar

 

Try practising this position a few minutes a day as it may seem strange as you first start.

You may recognise this position as what classical guitar players do, and although it may seem “less cool”. This position will save you so much problems later on down the line that it’s important that you are comfortable playing this guitar sitting position. You can also picture yourself in this position as the same position you would be if you were standing up as well.

If you want to achieve the same effort without a footstool, you can use a guitar strap. Make sure your guitar strap is short enough that It sits above the leg, and in the same position as you would have it when you are standing up. This is a great option if your guitar is relatively light, otherwise, if you do this with a heavy guitar, it can weigh down on your back. So have the footstool option so you can switch over when you feel your back is getting strained.

It’s important that you sit comfortably, and you are not in pain when you practise, so many beginner guitar players couch over their guitars, putting their back in misalignments that it’s important you avoid this to save yourself problems later down the line, whether it’s back pain or reducing your playing technique.

I hope this has been helpful for you. Continue reading to part two to find out what other beginner guitar tricks you can do to improve your guitar playing.

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