In today’s guitar lesson, Instructor Henry Spencer lays out his plan to help you improve beyond guitar plateaus using some tried and true approaches to practicing.
Tracking our musical progress can be difficult. Between technique, tone, left hand, right hand, playing fast, and even playing slow there is a lot of ground to cover! If you feel you aren’t improving as quickly as you’d like, take note of these tips on how to reach your goals and have fun in your next guitar lesson.
Improve Beyond Guitar Plateaus
It’s easy to fall into wanting to immediately sound like your guitar hero. Simply put, unfortunately, getting better takes time. Nobody becomes Jimi Hendrix overnight, not even Jimi! With that in mind, what small steps might he have taken to become the greatest guitar player of all time? Here are some critical ways Mr. Hendrix was able to improve beyond guitar plateaus.
– Jimi mastered easy music in bands before starting the Jimi Hendrix Experience.
– Jimi played guitar everyday. Rumor has it he kept a pillow for his guitar.
– Jimi learned by listening and staying curious about what other bandmates said and played.
Consider the goals you want to accomplish and share them during your next guitar lesson. Stating a goal and planning how to accomplish it are the first steps in feeling improvement. Listen to your guitar teacher for guidance on song selection and how to practice. Together you can find repertoire or skills that feel easy and supplement them with more challenging pieces and techniques.
Practice with the best
While we may have limited time each week to play, let alone play with our bands, we can always play along with rock-stars by putting on our favorite album and playing along. Listening to how our favorite bands play while also playing is really effective in changing the way we hear ourselves and the music.
It’s Not Practice, it’s a way of life
Creating a lifestyle around playing guitar is a sure-fire way to become more musical and build chops. Speak with your guitar teacher about how many hours you can allot each week towards preparing for next week’s lesson. Carve out playing time and decide together what specific things to practice, for how long, and at what tempos.
Have fun on your musical journey, play loud, and make haste slowly!