Maybe you've played guitar for a few years, maybe more than 15 years... Maybe your whole life. But you still feel like you aren't the best you could be. And that's why you're here.
Well there are many reasons why you're probably not the guitar player you want to be, but all of those reasons can't be explained in an article. However we can go further into depth about just ONE reason.
There is a lot of stuff you need to learn, and a lot of stuff to study, and a lot of stuff to play if you want to become a really good guitar player. Some of these things you might know about, some of them you may never heard of, some of them you don't know how to practice, or whatever.
What are some of those things you should be focusing on to better your guitar playing? Do you think you need to learn more chops? More solos? More songs? More chords? More jamming? More practice?
The answer is, none of these.
So what is the answer?
You may be thinking about Music Theory. Well, this is still only PART of the total equation. You may be thinking about Improvising. This also is only part of it.
MAINLY, the issue lies in your listening skills. I can bet that you can't identify specific chords, or notes, or intervals when you hear them. And this is a big deal.
We're talking about music. Music is MOSTLY auditory. Not written, not technique, not length. It's your EAR you're working with.
Many of you have tried to work out songs by ear, and this is a good way to practice your ear, but it's not the most effective way. Transcribing is better, without your instrument.
But there's STILL MORE to what you need to be practicing on than just Music Theory, Ear Training, and Improvisation. There's Technique, there's Songwriting and Composition, there's Creativity, there's Rhythm.
A lot of you work with Improvisation, and Technique, and Songwriting. These are generally what we think about when we want to improve our songs, our music, our skills. But it's not enough. Hundreds upon thousands of people are doing those things, and if you want to be BETTER than all of those people, you need to work on THE WHOLE PICTURE.
So if you're good at Improvising, Technique, and Songwriting, I can bet a LOT of money that you are terrible at Rhythm, Critical Listening, Creativity, and Music Theory.
And that is why you're struggling with your guitar playing.
So you need to think about the BIG PICTURE when you're in the music field, because if you just take one step at a time trying to improve in one area of music before you even touch on another subject, there's NO WAY that you're going to be a great guitar player. There's no way.
If you want to find out why you can't get big results from learning things step by step, read the article I've written called "Art is Not a Science".