“If you want to be a rock star or just be famous, then run down the street naked, you’ll make the news or something. But if you want music to be your livelihood, then play, play, play and play! And eventually you’ll get to where you want to be.” – Eddie Van Halen
Good guitar method is the only way and most capable way to play guitar, putting hands and fingers in the right place at the right time can make the guitar play the sweetest tunes. Watching closely some of the best guitarists in the world both classical and heavy rock playing guitarists, one thing can be observed that all these guitarists have one specific thing in common and that is a simple yet strong technique, meaning that they are properly applying all those basic requirements for playing great guitar. Below are some the guitar tips on how to develop a good guitar playing method.
Using metronome to practice: Using metronome while practicing for better timing and rhythm is one of the best way to practice guitar. Although it will feel a bit obstructive at first, a metronome will make a learner a more consistent guitar player. Practice every day strumming your guitar with a metronome, and you will notice significant improvements in your timing in a short duration of time.
Standing Up and Sitting Down practice: Playing your guitar hanged across your shoulder is a very different posture to sitting down. On a chair, you tend to guess to see what your hands are doing (avoid this habit). And when you practice standing, everything changes to a different position. Make sure you have a good guitar strap and adjust it to a comfortable length, and regularly practice playing the guitar sitting down and standing up.
Going Slow and steady; nice and easy: Do not think about playing your guitar fast or trying to know how fast you can play. Good technique is about precise finger placement and hitting the right notes every time, particularly when it comes to scales and playing complicated bar chords. Concentrate on playing the guitar right and speed would come automatically.
Get one-on-one Lessons from an expert: Lessons are not just for beginners. Every guitar player has a soft spot which should be taken care of before it becomes a major problem and a good instructor may help you with it. It is never too late to learn from a professional guitar instructor. And if you are not sure of one, then contact GuitarConfidence.com.
Rex who founded Guitar Confidence has 40+ years of experience as a musician, music instructor, arranger and performing artist. He has been a guitarist in San Francisco Bay Area and New York City recording and performing with artists such as Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Sammy Davis Jr., Paul Simon, Michael Jackson, Wild Cherry, The Drifters, Tammy Wynette, Jackson Brown, The Pointer Sisters, Tower of Power and many others.
The guitar teaching system used by Rex is great for both beginners and accomplished guitar players. And, if you are located in the Greater East Bay Area, you have the option of having your lesson in the convenience of your own home. Guitar Confidence provide private in – home guitar, bass guitar, ukulele, banjo and mandolin lessons throughout the East Bay including: Benicia, Berkeley, Clayton, Concord, Crocket, Danville, Dublin, Fairfield, Hercules, Lafayette, Livermore, Martinez, Moraga, Orinda, Pleasant Hill, Pleasanton, San Ramon, Vallejo, & Walnut Creek, CA.