Practicing Guitar
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it is virtually impossible to improve one's ability to do anything without a certain amount of practice. When it comes to learning, there is no substitute for actual hands-on experience. You can read all the magazines and books you want, but when it comes time to actually apply what you've learned, the only way you'll be able to put that knowledge to use is by practicing.

Practicing Your Guitar
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The thing to keep in mind when practicing is this: "Playing" and "Practicing" are rarely synonymous. As guitarists, it's safe to say that we play a lot, but rarely do we actually practice. It's very easy to fall into a rut in which we play only those things that we already know and are good at playing; a "comfort zone", if you will. And while there's nothing wrong with doing this from time to time, (after all, it's no fun only playing stuff that you suck at!), rather than making you a better player, it simply reinforces your present ability. Many guitarists fall victim to this...eventually, they can play a handful of tunes very well, but very little else, so they really don't become well rounded players overall. The best way to avoid this pitfall is to set aside a little time once in a while to work on something that you're NOT comfortable with. This could mean that you devote thirty minutes to practicing a particular technique, such as alternate picking or hammer-ons and pull-offs, or it could mean that you practice going over a particular scale, or a particular lick that you can't quite play. You just want to make sure that you practice with a specific goal in mind, that you concentrate your efforts on a specific aspect of your playing. And don't get discouraged if you don't make noticeable improvements immediately.

The most important thing to remember with these excercises is to use the appropriate fingering. Each finger is assigned to a fret. The fingers are assigned as follows:

Fret 1 = 1st finger
Fret 2 = 2nd Finger
Fret 3 = 3rd Finger
Fret 4 = 4th finger


The key to developing any aspect of playing is repetition and allowing it time to soak in. I can't tell you how many times I've practiced a particular lick or technique for an hour straight with minimal improvement that day, but the next day almost as soon as I tried it, it seemed to flow more easily. Sort of like studying for a actually retain more if you stretch the studying out over a period of time, as opposed to cramming. For beginners, there is very little difference between playing and practicing; since you're still working on the fundamentals of playing, almost any improvement you make will help your overall ability. (For example, say you're having trouble with a chord from a particular song; once you're comfortable with the chord, I think you'll be surprised how often you'll find that chord in other songs, and by then you'll already know it!) The most important thing for the beginning student is simply spending time with the instrument, since almost every bit of time spent playing leads

Have you ever noticed that when you first pick up the guitar you sometimes feel a bit clumsy, and slow? Then after about twenty minutes your blazin up and down that fretboard? As you get better at playing, the time that it takes you to reach your best playing decreases. Here are 5 exercises to help you decrease that time. I cant over emphasize the importance of repitition. These must be played over and over again. Slowly at first, till it is played perfectly. Then a bit faster each time. Use a metronome to keep your playing consistant. If you dont have a metronome you can get one right now from the Downloads Section.



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