How Do I Practice The Guitar?

by Liam Gibson - Date: 2009-07-25 - Word Count: 556 Share This!

According to the old adage, "practice makes perfect". When we begin to learn a new skill, the fact that we should practice should come as common sense. When it comes to learning to play the guitar, which is not easy, this is never truer.

If you are getting it wrong at the beginning, then the more you practice, the more you practice the wrong way of doing things. If you are not practicing correctly, however, you can hinder your progression more than you can help it. By doing things incorrectly at the beginning, you will continue to do so.
To give an example, look at the way that you hold your hands - if your hands are in a poor or incorrect position to begin with, then the more you continue in that vein then the more reinforced and powerful that position becomes. After a while, you will find it very difficult to change. The poor hand position is a good example to use, because when it comes to playing the guitar, it is a very common problem. In some cases it can even lead to injury.

The overall importance of rhythm in music cannot be overestimated. Getting it wrong from the beginning can be disastrous for your progression. Practicing the rhythm is also important, and is a common problem for students. Reading music becomes irrelevant if you do not have the ability to count the beats within any given piece of music.

Obvious you would have thought, but in order to play with other musicians, you need to be able to keep time with the music. I am constantly amazed at how few people can do this properly. It really comes to the fore when they play with other musicians in a jam session, for example.

Take a look at your practice schedule now, and the way that you practice. You really need to examine the way that you practice before the 'bad habits' become so ingrained that they are almost impossible to change. Ask yourself whether your hands are in the right position, and if you are able to count the beats within the music.

For the slower-paced musician, make sure that you are not sacrificing rhythm for the ability to play at that speed - this is another common problem. Also worth considering is the speed at which you play.

If you are practicing too slowly, then using a simple device such as a drum machine or a metronome to help you keep tempo is a great tip. Slowly build up the speed until you are keeping pace with the tempo. Whatever you do, don't sacrifice your good hand position in order to make the time - remember what we spoke about earlier.
So now you have some ideas of where your priorities should be when it comes to practicing guitar. Hand position, rhythm and speed or tempo. Once you have mastered these, not only will you find your guitar practice much easier, but you will also find your standard will improve considerably.
To play the guitar to a high standard takes a number of things - it takes commitment, determination and a lot of practice. If someone tells you that you will be able to play the guitar like an expert after a few lessons, then be wary. But if you do practice, and practice correctly, you will get more out of this wonderful instrument.

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