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1.ListenListening is what got most of us interested in learning to play guitar. We heard a song we loved, or we listened to an amazing guitar solo or someone told us how guitar had changed their life. But once we start playing, it’s easy to forget that a big part of learning to play music is listening. We don’t just mean listening to yourself play to make sure you hit the correct notes! Keeping yourself immersed in a wide variety of musical genres and styles, and listening to other bands and musicians play as often as possible can help keep you inspired. It makes your approach to learning music fresh and exciting, and lets you hear how the pros do it. 2.Play CoversWhen you first start learning to play guitar, it’s important to be able to take what you’re listening to and replicate it. You can’t just rely on guitar tabs to get the benefit of learning other band’s tunes. Instead, it’s about taking the painstakingly long (but ultimately fulfilling) approach of listening to your favorite songs step-by-step and working out the notes and/or chords yourself. You do this by listening, and then finding the correct notes or chords, the correct timing and the correct phrasing, dynamics and articulation. This forces you to really think about your playing, as well as training your ear to recognize correct pitches, scales and keys – and this will help you both now and in the future.3.Changing key If you find yourself straining to hit a songs notes, try changing the key so that the guitars tones adapt to your voice. Move the chords up a fret or two. You can transpose a piece to either a lower or a higher pitch. Try singing again until you find a key that suits your voice. You can also change the key by using a capo. This allows you to keep the same fingering as the original.4.Slow Down Its far better to sing and play correctly, albeit slowly, than to be fudging rhythms at full speed. Go through the song measure by measure, line by line, until you can play and sing it all the way through without errors. Speed will come once you iron out all the kinks.5. Record YourselfIn your head, you may think you’re playing great. Record your practices (solo or band) and you may hear differently. It’s a simple way of hearing what others are hearing. It could be sometimes painful, but will help you identify where you need to get better.6.Bin Your PickIt could be scary if you always use a pick. But listen to the likes of Jeff Beck and Mark Knopfler – unique players who play their electric guitars just with fingers. It’s a good exercise to see if your fingers actually work better than picks. There can be wonderful delicacy in just using your fingers.7.Buy A Tuition BookPrint may seem old fashioned in 2013, but good guitar books can be a real boost to your playing. Whether it’s chords, scales, theory or all three – read more, and you will learn more.8.Play With Other PeopleIt’s obvious. No two people play guitar the same, and for all the woodshedding you do on your own, you’ll learn more by playing with others. They might have new ways of voicing chords, a unique rhythm style, or simply turn you on to new influences. Playing dual-lead guitar, honing your rhythm while someone else plays lead (or vice versa) or swapping licks. A guitarist’s best friend is another guitarist.9.Know How To Play The Song Play the music on your guitar until you have it memorized and can perform it fluently. One way to tell if youve mastered a song is to play it while reading aloud from a book lying open in front of you, or playing it flawlessly while watching television or carrying on a conversation.10.Know Your Guitar Basics Trying to remember how to finger a B7 chord while playing is going to make singing at the same time virtually impossible. Your guitar playing must be at a level where chord changes are effortless. You need to be so comfortable with your strumming that you dont even have to think about it. This will free you up to concentrate singing.
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