Tom Hess: This Guitar Practicing Approach Fixes Your Guitar Playing Problems

This Guitar Practicing Approach Fixes Your Guitar Playing Problems
by Tom Hess
To make fast improvements in your guitar playing, make sure you understand how to correct problems as you practice. It won’t help if you simply play through exercises over and over. Practicing guitar the right way should make your playing feel a lot more effortless.

The following guitar practice video will show you how to fix your guitar playing issues:

Here is how this practicing method will work for you during your guitar practice:

(Correctly) Isolate The Main Problem
When you struggle to play anything on guitar, stop and isolate the specific notes that are giving you problems. When you do this, your guitar practice gains the potential to be extremely effective. Watch the video above at 0:58 and you’ll see how to correctly isolate any guitar playing problem. This also helps you by keeping you from wasting practice time on things that you can already play very well.

Amplify The Main Problem
Once the main issue has been isolated, amplifying it will make it easier to solve. To see how this is done, watch the video at 4:01. At this part of the video, you see how a two hand synchronization issue is amplified to make it easier to fix.
These are some basic ways to amplify any issue that gives you problems:

1. Continually repeat whatever is most difficult.

2. Play the difficult part on lower frets.

3. Use only up/down strokes to play the difficult part.

4. If the problem is related to articulation or 2-hand synchronization – play it on an acoustic guitar or an unplugged electric guitar.

5. To fix sloppy playing or unwanted string noise, play the hard part with lots of distortion (or at least a lot louder).

Amplifying a problem you struggle with in this manner makes the original problem seem a lot easier to play.

Make Sure To Focus On The Fundamentals
Construct a list of guitar technique fundamentals that you need the most improvement on. Once you have mastered these things you will fix your playing issue. A lot of guitarists who learned guitar on their own struggle with this (since they aren’t working with an excellent teacher who can help them). The following are several guitar technique elements you need to pay close attention to:

- Having perfect synchronization between both hands, and playing with excellent articulation.

- Eliminating unwanted string noise by using muting.

- Having the motions in both hands as efficient as possible while picking with a lot of power.

- Playing with NO excess tension in your body.

Don’t Play Faster Than You Can Think
You need to totally engage your brain during guitar practice. To do this, practice at a speed that challenges your hands physically, but is slow enough that you can follow every note with your brain. This is the way to practice if you want to play with excellent guitar technique.
If you practice faster than your mind can keep up with, you will struggle to get decent results from your practicing efforts.

Watch the video at 3:16 to observe how to practice without getting too far ahead of yourself in this manner.

This guitar speed building eGuide helps you improve this aspect of effective guitar practice.

Attack The Problem Until It Is Fully Mastered
You’re going to need to continuously practice the problem before you can totally master it.
This is one of the most common (and damaging) questions guitarists commonly ask.
This approach will turn you into a much better guitarist anytime you repeat an exercise.

Go Over The Problem Repeatedly Until It Is Mastered
You have to repeat the problem many times before you will master it.
For instance, the tab below shows the problem (in the red box) placed back into context by surrounding it with other notes. Do this yourself by surrounding a problem with notes until the lick is complete.
Utilize this process to solve any guitar playing issue and get faster results in your playing than ever before.
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About The Author:

Tom Hess is a successful professional guitar player, composer and international guitar teacher. He also helps musicians learn guitar online and reach their guitar playing goals. Visit his rock and metal guitar lessons site to read more articles about guitar playing, plus get free guitar tips and guitar playing resources.