Even though the basics of guitar are the same for everyone, the skill set needed for various musical styles (blues, rock, jazz, folk, etc.,) can be markedly different. In this series of articles, Jamie Andreas will explore the various techniques necessary to become proficient in any specific style. Here, in Part 1, you get a good overview of the basic mindset you need to prepare for getting good at your favorite guitar style.
Practice Tips for Guitar
One way to get better at guitar is to develop an effective practice routine and stick to it. Over the years, Guitar Noise has come up with countless tips and lessons on how to improve your practice routine. The lessons on this page are all about maximizing your practice time.
Whether you are a guitar teacher or a self-taught guitar player you are likely to come across problems related to playing in time and interpreting rhythm. In this series of articles TeachGuitar.com’s Nick Minnion looks at where these problems spring from and what can be done to address them.
As the tutorial resources you have at your beck and call get more and more sophisticated, it gets harder to remember that learning guitar is all about playing guitar. That means if you want to be able to play your instrument, you have to go through all the “grunt work” – that means practicing. And for many players the biggest aspect they need to work on is not using their eyes.
Is it better to practice a piece slowly at first or quickly? Teachers and players usually recommend slowly, but there are instances where fast might work. Jamie explores why both methods work, but more importantly details how to recognize and determine when one method is better than the other.