#1
Hey I've been playing the guitar 6-7 months already, but I only started practicing rigorously for about 3 months. I want to know some useful techniques, exercises,stretches, etc..! basically anything that could help me become a better guitarist and I want to become insanely good, I've been dedicated, and passionate about playing and always looking for ways to better myself!

If this helps any! I'm into Steel-String acoustic players, and i listen to Folk,Jazz,Alternative!

Fave artists: Andy McKee, Don Ross, Nicholas Barron, Jack Johnson.

Any tips, as little as positioning to really advanced. will be greatly appreciated! :]

Thanks, this thread should help a lot of beginners, please UG provide us with teh things you know that you wish you knew when you were in the entry level!
Last edited by Alakazam at Apr 27, 2008,
#2
Errr.. concerning barré chords

I find barré's easier when placed closer to the fret's edge rather than in the middle, and when playing the guitar held as a classical (ie. on your left leg rather than right and slightly tilted). Also, washing my hands so I don't go playing with greasy or sweaty fingers tends to make it easier.

Dunno, those are the first things that come to mind I'm a beginner much like yourself, 4 months and counting, but highly motivated ^^
#3
Quote by Alakazam
Hey I've been playing the guitar 6-7 months already, but I only started practicing rigorously for about 3 months. I want to know some useful techniques, exercises,stretches, etc..! basically anything that could help me become a better guitarist and I want to become insanely good, I've been dedicated, and passionate about playing and always looking for ways to better myself!

If this helps any! I'm into Steel-String acoustic players, and i listen to Folk,Jazz,Alternative!

Fave artists: Andy McKee, Don Ross, Nicholas Barron, Jack Johnson.

Any tips, as little as positioning to really advanced. will be greatly appreciated! :]

Thanks, this thread should help a lot of beginners, please UG provide us with teh things you know that you wish you knew when you were in the entry level!

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#4
I dont know how progressed you are, but learn to sing along with your guitar as soon as possible. For years I just played guitar and then about 2 years ago I started singing along, took some singing lessons and now I I'm much better for it, I'm more disciplined and songs seem more like a finished product. Other than that just keep learning and practicing, always pushing on to harder material, but most importantly, enjoy it.

BTW I cant actually sing very well, I just moan along to songs for my own amusement, and sometimes my friends amusement, as long as they're not too amused.
#5
Quote by Dan_J
I dont know how progressed you are, but learn to sing along with your guitar as soon as possible. For years I just played guitar and then about 2 years ago I started singing along, took some singing lessons and now I I'm much better for it, I'm more disciplined and songs seem more like a finished product. Other than that just keep learning and practicing, always pushing on to harder material, but most importantly, enjoy it.

BTW I cant actually sing very well, I just moan along to songs for my own amusement, and sometimes my friends amusement, as long as they're not too amused.


I also wish I had learned of how fun singing can be earlier. I mean, I am an absolutely terrible singer and no amount of lessons could make me any good. But if you play the right songs in the right company, then singing is good.

I wish I had known a lot of things, but experience is the best teacher, and I've learned from experience and from hanging around here a lot. Waaay too many things to list or remember. I do wish I knew exactly how expensive this hobby would become though. I already have too many expensive hobbies, i can't afford it.
#6
Quote by johnos
I also wish I had learned of how fun singing can be earlier. I mean, I am an absolutely terrible singer and no amount of lessons could make me any good. But if you play the right songs in the right company, then singing is good.

I wish I had known a lot of things, but experience is the best teacher, and I've learned from experience and from hanging around here a lot. Waaay too many things to list or remember. I do wish I knew exactly how expensive this hobby would become though. I already have too many expensive hobbies, i can't afford it.


Regarding the singing.. wether or not being a good singer aside, any tips? I love to sing, and I love playing, but doing it together atm is hard. I find I always start tuning my guitar playing to what I'm singing rather than the music (ie. strumming rythm goes according to the lyrics, rather than the guitar music) and I forget to change chords or strike certain strums, and end up messing up. The obvious answer would of course be practice makes perfect, but since we're exchanging tips and all.. anyone have any?
#7
Quote by Azunaii
Regarding the singing.. wether or not being a good singer aside, any tips? I love to sing, and I love playing, but doing it together atm is hard. I find I always start tuning my guitar playing to what I'm singing rather than the music (ie. strumming rythm goes according to the lyrics, rather than the guitar music) and I forget to change chords or strike certain strums, and end up messing up. The obvious answer would of course be practice makes perfect, but since we're exchanging tips and all.. anyone have any?


Sorry mate, I don't think theres a quick fix, but I found slowing everything down was a real help.
#8
I usually know the song very well first, and basically know all the lyrics. Then I learn the song, without the lyrics. Once I am comfortable playing, I combine the two back together and smooth out any wrinkles. Start with songs that are just strumming and learn the changes and patterns until you can do it without thinking, and then try. Once you have done it once it gets easier.