Almost every guitarist dreams of mastering the art of playing the instrument; however, it requires more than just natural talent to do it. Becoming a guitar expert calls for unadulterated passion, dedication and hard work. So, here are a few tips to help you get onto the path of guitar greatness.
1. The earlier the Better
A common feature found amongst the top guitarists is that they all started playing the instrument early in life. In fact, most popular guitarists like Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton started playing in their teenage years. However, it doesn’t mean you can’t be a guitar virtuoso if you didn’t start playing in your teens. The key point is to start early.
2. Aim for excellence
Beginners tend to have a lax attitude towards learning to play the instrument. In fact, you too might be guilty of making several excuses for your poor guitar skills. Becoming an expert at anything requires ambition. So, instead if being content with your average skills, try to attain perfection in the way you play the guitar. Practice with absolute concentration and dedication. Develop a low tolerance for your own mistakes and keep trying till you get those chords and notes right.
3. Practice, practice, practice!
The "practice makes perfect" age-old wisdom is applicable to almost all areas of life including learning the guitar. You might have a lot of talent and skill, but perfection cannot be attained without regular practice. It is also important to note that there is a huge difference between deliberate practice and ritualistic practice. It is what separates the average from the excellent. Practicing out of compulsion or without any drive to learn will only turn you into a mediocre guitar player. Deliberate and conscious practice on the other hand, will allow you to improve your skills and address your mistakes.
4. Seek inspiration
A person is known by the friends he or she keeps. The quote may sound out of place, but has a lot to do with learning the guitar. Most guitar players have reached the virtuoso status by seeking help and guidance from other experts. It would help you to do the same. Take private lessons or sign-up for a good guitar class to learn from more experienced teachers. They can teach you tips and tricks that you might not have heard of before. You will also be inspired by their determination and dedication.
Dr. Tanitra Flenaugh received her doctorate degree in performance and pedagogy from UCLA. SCFMC works with several districts and schools in Southern California to design & implement music education programs.