Hello and welcome to this video on 7 things I wish I knew as a beginner guitarist.
When I first picked up the guitar, I had no idea what I was doing. I was just a kid with a dream of becoming a Rockstar, and I had no idea how much hard work and dedication it would take to get there. But looking back on those early days, there are a few things that I wish I knew that could have made my journey a little easier.
And if you have been playing guitar for a while now or just starting out on your guitar journey, I hope that these tips will inspire you and help you avoid some of the mistakes that I made. Because the most important thing to remember when learning any instrument is to have fun.
So, without further ado, let’s dive into
The 7 Things I wish I knew as a Beginner Guitarist:
- Always transcribe music that you love. If you hear a song or a guitar solo that you really enjoy, take the time to learn it. Your taste is a great indicator of the style that is unique to you, and transcribing music is a great way to learn new techniques and improve your overall skill.
- Pay attention to body awareness and how you hold and play the guitar. Avoid pressing too hard and be aware of unnecessary tension in your hands, arms, and face. Remember to breathe while playing, as this can help you stay relaxed and focused. This will improve your overall comfort and skill on the guitar.
- Learn the basics of music theory. Understanding concepts like scales, chords, and intervals can greatly improve a beginner’s understanding of the guitar and the music they are playing.
- Be open to learning from and incorporating new techniques and styles that appeal to you, rather than trying to please others with your own style. Don’t overlook the potential for learning from others, regardless of their genre or style, or their skill level. Everyone has something to teach, and you can learn from anyone at any stage of your guitar journey. In fact, teaching beginners can also help you improve your own skills.
- The importance of recording yourself and listening back. This can be a powerful tool for learning and improving as a musician. It allows you to hear how you sound and identify areas where you can improve.
- The importance of setting goals as a musician. After the beginner phase, it’s important to have specific goals in mind to work towards. These could be short term goals like learning a certain song or improving a specific technique, or long term goals like performing live.
- Remember that learning the guitar is a journey, not a destination. It’s important to enjoy the process and celebrate the milestones along the way. Don’t get discouraged if you’re not progressing as quickly as you’d like, and don’t compare yourself to other players. Just have fun, and keep learning and improving at your own pace.
I hope these 7 things I wish I knew as a beginner guitarist have inspired you on your own journey. Remember to always transcribe music you love, pay attention to body awareness and music theory, be open to learning
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