Few common entry level guitar player mistakes!
Today’s post is based on few popular beginner guitarist mistakes, even pro’s do. I guess in most cases it’s laziness (or super busy schedule) but no excuse when it comes to practice. Here we go!
1) No metronome.
You should be always practicing with a metronome to make sure every note rings exactly as long as it needs to. Even though it’s art everything has to make mathematical sense. Playing with metronome will also correct any slower finger delay but also improve your accuracy.
2) Too fast!
#2 on my list is definitely playing too fast. Try learning a phrase and play it in few different tempo variations. You should be able to play it perfectly half slower (than original tempo) but also speed up at least twice so give yourself some room with a click.
3) No stretch or warm up
As mentioned earlier this one totally belongs to “lazy” category however it’s very, very important: warm-up. I usually like to warm up without an instrument first just stretching fingers or squeezing tennis ball is a good one for at least 5-10min before picking up a guitar. Begin with mid tempo picking / stretching exercises.
4) Too much strength
A lot of younger guitarists especially when transitioning from a badly (or none) set up guitar put way too much pressure on the strings while playing. As an outcome you hear all those unwanted bends and or bad pitched notes which aren’t the nicest things to hear from a listener perspective but also shows your limited instrument control abilities. What I’d recommend is to find few finger strength improving exercises and keep doing them on daily basis routine. Remember when playing (especially fast) your hand has to be RELAXED!
5) Bad position
Looking COOL should never be a deciding factor on how well you play. Make sure your sound or accuracy are more important than ‘cool’ low strapped guitar or funky movements. #1 is the sound coming from your instrument so set yourself in the most comfortable playing position. Once your playing achieves satisfying shape, you can work on some stage presence.