Less Flashy But Equally Important Aspects Of Guitar

Below are 5 statements which if viewed correctly can increase your progress on your instrument, and in fact anything else in life.

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Woah, that's one long title! Anyways, I feel it's important to cover these aspects so you can progress faster as a player. One thing that can really hinder a player's progress is viewing things in a way that slows down your progress. Another thing to add is that these views are basically "accepted" universally as the way to go. Below are 5 statements which if viewed correctly can increase your progress on your instrument, and in fact anything else in life. Statement #1 - Practicing for longer makes me a better player. This may be true, but only if done correctly. Most people think that the most effective way to practice is to cover more ground in one sitting. Instead of doing that, try focusing on one technique, song, style etc. However, practicing the same thing for a long time is B-O-R-I-N-G. But, here is one fact that will change everything: you don't need to practice for very long! If you've been practicing for 6 hrs a day, try slowing it to 1.5 to 2 hours a day. If that's still to long for you, remember, resting helps so once you each a certain milestone in your practice session, goof off for a bit. Get a soda and watch wrestling. Statement #2 - I *beep* suck! I'll never get better! Shame on you! If that's your attitude, how are you supposed to get any better! We all hit a plateau once and a while and I find that by doing something radically different for a bit, we can come back to the plateau ready to climb the mountain. For example, if you're learning to sweep pick and you're stuck on a certain tempo, do something that guarantees that you will sound and play great. Try playing the first song you've ever learnt. You will hopefully see that we all get better, we just don't notice it. Another thing is to let go of your inhibitions. Do something different. Climb a mountain, go to McDonald's and instead of ordering a Big Mac, just get a donut and coffee. Little changes + a lot of changes for a short period of time = new mindsets that you can bring back to your instrument. Statement #3 - I sound too much like ____ If you find yourself sounding too much like a player or style, listen to other music. Heck, even listen to another instrument. Ted Nugent even said that the saxophone really influenced his playing. Statement #4 - I've achieved what I want. Goodbye guitar. If you feel you've achieved all your guitar goals, don't throw it away. If there is something in your life besides guitar that you love, take aspects of your admiration for ___ and apply it to the guitar. Hopefully, it will conjure up new goals and aspirations for you. Statement #5 - I really need this new gear! Remember that gear does not equate to a great guitarist. In fact the best guitarists are those who can take some of the worst guitars ever and make them play like a dream. EVH, for example plays his Charvel "frankenstrat". In my opinion, the frankenstrat is horrible to look at but when Eddie Van Halen wields it, he makes the most incredible solos! Hopefully, this article will change your mindset on things...Byee! /RaphiusRex

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    sfaune92
    The title was misleading in my opinion. You should have named it "If you're stucl at your playing, read this" or something IMHO
    HomerSGR
    Is it me or is there a goddamn large number of lefties at UG? I'm one too and i did the same.
    Me too is a lefty, but I play right-handed.
    tom1thomas1
    i got the feeling you were dissing saxophone, frankenstrat and 'woodshedding.' no good.
    '93
    i lefty play righty as well...just felt like adding
    Bmaister
    i almost have every hour of my spare time in playing guitar i practis about 4-5 (sometimes 6)hours a day and can play my guitar the whole day in weekends and vacation. not that i reaaaaally want to get better or stuff like that, im just addicted to playing guitar XD
    Guitarmy17
    Nigi5K wrote: Who are these people who are able to practice for 6 hours a day? Don't they have jobs and chores & all the other boring normal everyday crap we have to slog through? I'm just jealous because if i manage to get in an hour of practice a day I feel lucky. Please, let me know what the secret is!
    lmao that is the truth, i wish i can just get an hr sometimes
    buddyboombotz
    rebugger75 wrote: sfaune92 wrote: jay_lazatin004 wrote: Sfaune92 is right. The title IS misleading. I could relate to some of that. I'm left handed but i've managed to play using the right hand(normal way) of playing guitar. and now i play in gigs. Is it me or is there a goddamn large number of lefties at UG? I'm one too and i did the same. ditto. and i fingerpick. we should start a group. lefties who play right(-y)!
    Lefties really only should learn right guitar. There's not a whole lot in terms of left handed guitars and it really makes no difference when starting out.
    rebugger75
    sfaune92 wrote: jay_lazatin004 wrote: Sfaune92 is right. The title IS misleading. I could relate to some of that. I'm left handed but i've managed to play using the right hand(normal way) of playing guitar. and now i play in gigs. Is it me or is there a goddamn large number of lefties at UG? I'm one too and i did the same.
    ditto. and i fingerpick. we should start a group. lefties who play right(-y)!
    jay_lazatin004
    Sfaune92 is right. The title IS misleading. I could relate to some of that. I'm left handed but i've managed to play using the right hand(normal way) of playing guitar. and now i play in gigs.
    Idhan
    I agree with this article. For more of the beginner guitarist I would think, (Me sort of). It is easy to get frustrated at one thing and then try something else. Sure you might succeed at the other thing you tried to accomplish, but it doesn't help one grow as a guitarist. Nice couple points to think about. Thanks
    Nigi5K
    Who are these people who are able to practice for 6 hours a day? Don't they have jobs and chores & all the other boring normal everyday crap we have to slog through? I'm just jealous because if i manage to get in an hour of practice a day I feel lucky. Please, let me know what the secret is!
    izzizz
    jay_lazatin004 wrote: How come few people read(or comment in) columns and forums in U.G. ?
    exactly..
    sfaune92
    jay_lazatin004 wrote: Sfaune92 is right. The title IS misleading. I could relate to some of that. I'm left handed but i've managed to play using the right hand(normal way) of playing guitar. and now i play in gigs.
    Is it me or is there a goddamn large number of lefties at UG? I'm one too and i did the same.
    SpeedLives
    i focus on absolutely one thing at a time...it works for me pretty well. i might burn one scale nonstop for an hour, then leave it alone for a day or 2 to let it set into my hands.
    turtlewax
    hmmm I guess practicing for less hours but being more focused would be effective. Apparently this is true for revision...what are peoples thoughts?