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Old 10-09-2012, 06:13 PM   #1
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Need help improving

Hey everyone!

I've been playing guitar for 2 years, but I haven't made as much progress as I think I should. I haven't spent much time practicing on chords etc, I just started playing songs I wanted to learn by using Guitar Pro (Stairway to heaven etc). I'm good at remembering songs, but I need some help with my technique. I'm playing on nylon strings, and quite often a finger or two come in the way of other strings, which prevents me from getting a nice clean sound. I've found guitars with steel strings easier to play, but I love the sound of nylon strings so I'm just gonna stick with it and practice more.

What's the best way to start practicing, how do I improve my technique? Should I go to guitar class, read a book, or can I find everything I need online? I can play quite a few songs, but I guess I need more basic training to improve my skills (although I can play my songs really fast it doesn't always sound the way it's supposed to).

All help is appreciated!
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Old 10-09-2012, 07:38 PM   #2
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All practicing, if it's good, correct practice, will lead to natural good technique.
Keep learning songs that you like and practice them slowly and correctly, and soon you'll go "Woah man i can do that!"
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Old 10-12-2012, 06:37 AM   #3
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My guitar teacher always emphasizes practicing chords to make progress and also like macashmack said, correct technique. Every bit of practicing is great! If you feel like you need a break, take one.
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Old 10-12-2012, 09:42 AM   #4
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Originally Posted by Desko
Should I go to guitar class, read a book, or can I find everything I need online?

Find a class or community group or just some friends to play with. It's motivating, you can get advice/tuition and a project to work on.

Plenty of good books/magazines. And everything but real-life interaction is on the internet. You can even play with strangers on skype.

The thing which has made the biggest difference to me is playing with other people. But maybe that's because I spent so long not doing it. It will leave a big gap in your playing if you don't.
Learning a new cover song? Feel like recording it? And have people listen to it? See the CATPM thread in the Pit. Here's the user group
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