It’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;
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.