For beginners taking guitar lessons, there’s no bigger thrill than learning to play a favorite song or at least a favorite guitar riff. But learning that one piece of music isn’t the purpose of guitar lessons; the purpose is to get better and develop new skills every day. If you’re interested in learning how to play the guitar or you’ve already started learning either alone or with a teacher, you should know that there are 5 things you need to remember that will help you become a better guitarist:
Learn Something New Every Day
The best thing you can do to improve your musicianship is to learn something new every day, whether it’s a riff, a chord, a scale, a song, an altered tuning or a strum pattern. When you make this a part of your day, you’ll find your knowledge and skills increasing exponentially and you’ll also find yourself wanting to add to the number of new things you learn every day.
Play With Other Musicians
Playing guitar by yourself is great, especially if you’re just starting out and you’re self-conscious about your playing. The reality is that you’re going to eventually want or need to play with other musicians - guitar players, drummers, piano players and more - to grow as an artist. If you don’t have a garage band to jam with, there are a number of other possibilities, from using apps designed to accompany your guitar playing to playing along with your favorite songs. Playing with other musicians or a musical accompaniment will improve your consistency, endurance and improvisational skills.
Recording yourself playing is a great way of not only keeping track of your progress and growth as a player, it’s also a great way to hear yourself playing with fresh ears. You’ll find that recording yourself will make it easier to pinpoint your strengths and weaknesses and allow you to focus your practice accordingly.
If you’re not already, you should be taking guitar lessons for beginners. If you’re advanced beyond the beginner stage, you still need lessons from an experienced guitar teacher. An actual, flesh-and-blood teacher can do for you what no online tutorial or YouTube video can; he or she can identify your strengths and weakness, help you sharpen your skills and help you eliminate your flaws. In addition, when you’re paying someone to teach you how to play the guitar, you’re going to be more likely to stick with your lessons and practicing.
Focus Your Practice Schedule
We’re all busy, either with work or school, and there isn’t always time for marathon guitar practice sessions, which is why it’s important to focus your practice schedule and stay consistent with your practicing. If you only have 10 or 20 minutes a day to practice, you’ll be better off than if you skip daily practice only to try to cram everything into 6 or 8 hours every once in awhile. Practice should involve maintenance exercises and focused work that gives you the opportunity to integrate new knowledge and techniques into your playing.
For guitar lessons for beginners in the Frisco, TX area, call Matt Burk Music Studio at (469) 353-6100. You can also visit www.wannalearnmusic.com to find out more about us and the lessons we offer.
Guitar Lessons For Beginners Frisco TX
Matt Burk Music Studio
1701 Legacy Drive, Ste. 150
Frisco, TX 75034