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How To Learn Guitar

New To The Guitar – Pitfalls To Avoid

avoidng guita practise pifallsIt’s great when a new guitarist gets off to a flying start makes improvement and progress really quickly. However, it doesn’t happen to all of us. Here are some of the pitfalls that you can avoid so that you can learn to play the guitar as quickly and easily as possible when you are starting out;

  1. The It Will Do Syndrome

This is all easy to get into the habit of doing if you don’t quite spend long enough polishing the final four months of peace. You may even end up being happy with fairly untidy guitar playing and think that that will do.

It will not!

Please, please, please do not accept “it will do, it’s good enough” when you know that you can do better. Just push yourself a little bit into your uncomfortable zone and practice a little longer and get it right. You will be so pleased with yourself as a result.

  1. Never Getting to the Finishing Line.

It is really tempting to learn part of one song, the bit that you really like, and then failing to go on and learning the whole song. This can lead to you knowing an awful lot of the conflicts or partial songs that you are never going to be able to play along with other musicians as they will want to play the whole complete song from beginning to end.

This can become embarrassing for the guitarist who is asked to join in playing with the musicians on a popular song or a standard piece and then finds that they cannot do so. Make sure that you aim to learn to play the whole song all the way through from start to finish.

  1. Being Happy Is a Three Chord Bandit

We will know someone who calls himself a “Three Chord Bandit” because they only know the chords A D and E. Now, I quite accept that people are able to play a wide variety of songs with only three also chords. But the problem is that boredom will soon set in especially when all the songs are in the same key. This can be very dull!

Try to add new chords to your chord dictionary in your head on a regular basis. Why not try learning a new chord each time you pick up the guitar or twice a week or something like that. You’ll be amazed at how quickly you build a repertoire of interesting and useful chords to use in your playing every day.

  1. Always Doing What You Always Did

We’ve all done this. It happens because we really like a particular title genre of music and we tend to play that whenever we pick up our guitar to play. It’s just so easy to do this and it is more challenging to start playing a different type of guitar music. There is always something brand-new to learn to play on your guitar, a new song from a different genre, a new rift from a different type of music or to play in the style of a guitarist from a different band that you don’t have to listen to. It’s all good stuff so get out there and do it!

There is an incredible variety of music out there and I am constantly astonished at how the guitar can sound so different and so wonderful in so many different ways just by switching the type of music that I am playing.

We never would have got rock ‘n’ roll, country music, Jazz, pop music and so much more if people had only ever stuck playing to their original type of preferred music.

Mix it up and you will be inspired to practice and perform your guitar more often.

Fender Squier Acoustic Guitar Bundle Review

Fender Squier Acoustic Guitar Bundle with Hardshell Case, Guitar Stand, Instructional DVD, Strap, Picks, Strings, String Winder, Tuner, and Polishing Cloth – Natural

This has the Fender brand on it which instantly gives you the reassurance of quality. True to its name and quality the guitar gives out clear, neat sound and with a full sized, dreadnaught style guitar it is easy to play and use. It is surprising when played for the first time, to find that it has a warm and vibrant sound. It is a great sound for this price. The distance between strings and frets is good and is really comfortable to play and you do not have to push at all on the strings to sound a note. It is as smooth as it can be.Fender Squier Acoustic Guitar Bundle with Hardshell Case, Guitar Stand, Instructional DVD, Strap, Picks, Strings, String Winder, Tuner, and Polishing Cloth - Natural

The accessories included in the Fender Squier Acoustic Guitar Bundle are also a fabulous addition. The tuner is great and has no jarring sound. The strap that comes with it is of good quality and holds the guitar well. The rest of the accessories are useful which includes a Hard-shell Case which, although it is a bit heavy, is essential as it keeps the guitar safe in any situation.

The Guitar Stand is great and there is no fear of it falling down. I have not had chance to use the Instructional DVD but I am sure that this will be a help as well. Other accessory items include Picks, Strings, String Winder, and Polishing Cloth – all of which are useful accessories for maintenance of guitar. There is probably not another guitar outfit anywhere that compares to this one at that price. You can be set up and running with everything you need really quickly with this kit.

The only drawback in this whole package probably is guitar case which is heavy and sometimes difficult to transport. That is just the way it has to be to give you the protection that this guitar and set of accessories deserve. You might be better off probably buying a lighter bag if you plan to move around a lot with this guitar.

Overall this is a great package, at a good price. This is exactly what you would from Fender and it is on par with quality of any guitar in this range or even beyond it. Go and take a look at it now at amazon.com/fendersquieracousticguitar

How To Play Lead Guitar

We all want to know how to play lead guitar just like our heroes play the guitar. We want to impress our friends and relatives with our guitar playing but also just enHow To Play Lead Guitarjoy the music we make ourselves. But how do you go about learning to play lead guitar? It can be a daunting task, especially if you’ve tried before and found the whole thing far too difficult. Well, learning to play the guitar solo from Michael Jackson’s Thriller is going to be beyond a beginning guitarist. The trick is knowing how and where to start. The good news is that you can learn some lead guitar that sounds very impressive fairly easily.

Knowing What To Play – Choose well-known you will enjoy playing and the other people will recognise. Be clever in your choice, though. Go for only include a small number of notes but which sound great. Typically, these will either be very straightforward solos or even be chord based. There’s a whole load of Neil Young guitar solos that a fairly simple to perform but it’s the way in which he plays the notes that makes them sound great. One particular lead guitar solo to look out for is the fantastic “My Love”performed by Denny Laine.

Learn To Read Guitar Tablature – Okay, it would be absolutely fantastic if all guitarists good sight read traditional music notation, but it is never going to happen for a variety of reasons. The great news is that you can learn how to play lead guitar on awful lot easier if you can understand how to read Guitar Tablature. This will save you having to work guitar solos out from scratch and opens up a huge variety of guitar songs to play the solos from.

Play Along With The Track – This is really essential if you want to get both the feel and the sound of the original lead guitar solo. It is often neglected by guitarists who make mistake of practising “cold” in the belief that they just need to play the same part over and over again in order to learn it. Playing along with the original guitar solo means that you will pick up feeling and timing of the music piece much more quickly and accurately. Time and again I have gone over a piece of music and just slightly misinterpreted small part that was integral to the guitar solo. They can even be errors in guitar tablature or music notation so playing along with the original guitar solo overcomes these problems. I have found that it also helps with my ability to recall the guitar solo more quickly.

Get The Effect – You will play your part in actually playing the guitar but you also need to sound the part, too. There are hundreds of guitar effects pedals available which help you recreate the sound of the lead guitar solo which you are learning. Not only will you sound better that you will be encouraged by having joy abilities to play the guitar solo if you sound great whilst doing so.

Practice Regularly – It will pay you huge bonuses if you set some time aside on a daily basis with which to practice your guitar playing. We all have different time schedules and time pressures but if you aim for half an hour a day on a regular basis then you should make very good progress with your guitar playing. Try sticking to 3 to 5 notes to start off with and build your confidence playing them well. Remember to use alternate picking with your guitar plectrum and play evenly and clearly. Play slowly to start off with! You will get there quicker in the end if you take your time learning your guitar solo in the first place. Break your lead guitar solo into parts that you can cope with and make sure that you can play each section of the guitar solo before moving on to the next. You will be amazed how quickly you end up with a great sounding guitar solo that will amaze your friends and family as well as giving you great enjoyment.

Enjoy It – Remember, this is supposed to be an enjoyable hobby! Don’t push yourself too much when learning how to play lead guitar, go to speed on pace that you find enjoyable.

Use Guitar Backing Tracks – These are readily available on the Internet these days. You can also buy them from guitar stores, too. Better still, team up with a buddy who will play accompaniment do play lead guitar and take it in turns to switch between the two.

I hope this helps you to learn to play lead guitar just a little bit quicker.