By Dave Lloyd
What grooves you? Why do you want to improve?
Regardless of your intentions - whether to get started
learn a few licks of your favorite tunes, or want to expand
repertoire to include blues, funk, or rock and roll music, on
your way to recording yourself, there are resources out there
that can help you.
Here are a few ideas that may help you better understand your
guitar playing and some solutions you can consider.
You can purchase guitar playing videos, either for home or
computer watching, that include hand position, strumming
technique, rhythm and timing, and finger exercises that take
through various type of songs. Essentially these become a
mirror for you in learning to play as you mimic what you're
watching on screen and then reproduce this on your own. With
commitment and determination, this can be a good one to go -
especially for the visual learner who likes to learn primarily
on their own.
You can find a community of guitar instructors in your
surrounding area who are either private tutors or work through
a community college. You'll want to consider their expertise,
the type of students they work best with, their flexibility
with your schedule, success stories, and of course their fees,
in considering working with them. In pursing guitar lessons,
you can either do one on one or group - both have their
and minuses but either can work for you.
Find someone in your local community who plays. You can do
through asking the local community college, posting online to
resource like craigslist, or asking the guitar shop. The idea
is to develop a friendship with someone who is a bit better
than you who wants the accountability of practicing weekly.
What you can provide is the commitment to meet up with them
weekly and practice. In return, you can learn from their
techniques or methods what works. Of course, you always need
be aware of learning bad habits in situations like these,
is why it's important to have a foundation in guitar technique
Related to guitar technique is developing a basis in guitar
theory. Chord patterns, minor and major chord progressions,
note scales, and overlap with piano and percussion instruments
can all give you a basic structure upon which to layer in the
knowledge and technique you gain in your guitar playing.
Playing guitar can be a wonderful expression of one's musical
and creative talent. And with a commitment to constant
improvement, it can provide a lifetime of enjoyment for
yourself, friends, and family.
About The Author: Dave Lloyd has created the online guide to
guitar playing at www.improvemyguitar.com