Friday, January 4th, 2013 at 7:30 am
I spend a lot of time with my in my hands but I’m not always focusing on learning or practicing. Most of the time I’m just playing stuff the pops into my head while I’m watching the TV.
The thing is I learn more in 20 minutes or a half hour of focused practice than I would learn in hours of just playing my guitar. The thing is concentration is needed when you want to really learn something.
Most Newbies Don’t Last Long
I really couldn’t tell you how many people I’ve seen start learning guitar only to give up shortly after and I’ve been playing for more than 10 years now. Most couldn’t handle their fingers hurting long enough to continue but the big killer is the mind. They tell themselves they can’t learn and they are usually right.
The thing is it’s not all learning all the time. It’s more about learning one thing and practicing it until you can do it without thinking about it. I practice while the TV is going, but only once I’ve learned first.
When I started learning guitar I was able to go to some guitar jams where I learned new things I could practice once I was back home again. Today we can use the Internet and specifically Youtube to learn things. I love seeing and hearing so I go for videos over books.
You can also learn through Jamorama and Jamplay.
I will learn a new lick on my guitar and focus on getting it right. Once I have the lick in my mind I then practice it any time I get the chance until it’s automatic. This usually means, like I said, in front of the TV.
Note that the time you spend really focused on learning something new on your guitar will make it easier when you begin practicing with less focus. As time goes on each new thing you learn becomes easier.
Playing Guitar For The Fun Of It
When I started learning guitar the plan wasn’t to spend my life learning, even though I still learn new things all the time. My goal was to be able to entertain myself and playing guitar with friends. So when I am practicing I focus on getting it right before I begin practicing without paying attention.
It’s like so many other things in life. The brain learns and after some time things you learn come together in the brain and actually makes it easier to learn easier in the future.
Find A Quiet Place To Practice Guitar
This is so important to me as I get easily distracted and distractions are what make a 20 minute quality practice time into a frustrating 2 hours. Also I only take on one thing to practice at a time. That’s when I’m actually in practice mode.
So keep in mind that it’s the quality of your practice time and not how long you practice.
Just Let It Go, For A Bit
It might sound strange but it’s a good idea to just stop practicing for a few days. I do this all the time when I’m learning something new. I practice it until I know it and then I might not practice that particular thing for a couple of day.
I have done this countless times in the 10 years I’ve been playing guitar and it always amazes me that I get better when I give myself a break.
Now I don’t mean don’t practice other things, just leave that new lesson you’re learning for a couple of days and come back to it. This really does work so be sure to give yourself the chance to see just how well it works.
Clear Your Might Before Practice
If you can clear your mind before you begin practicing as well as any distraction such as TV or family. It can take just a minute to go clear and put things out of your mind. For me a little meditation does the trick. I think about a great day of fishing actually and it works for me.
Even taking the time to close your eyes and slowly counting to ten can help clear your mind and help you focus. If there are any distraction you may have to start over, so try to find a placed to practice where there are no distractions.
When we were still living in an apartment I had to resort to practicing guitar in our bedroom and even then it was tough to train my son and wife to leave me alone but eventually they got the idea, but not before I had to put a big note on the door saying NOT to come in.
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Wednesday, October 26th, 2011 at 10:59 am
Hello, my name is James and I have been playing guitar for 10 years now. I was taught by a few friends so I learned a number of bad habits but I’m sure glad they took the time to help me learn how to play guitar.
I was glad when I could start using the Internet, specifically Youtube, to learn things my buddies didn’t know. I have spend hundreds of hours on Youtube and sites where I could download lyrics and chords for songs I grew up with.
I made the decision to hire an instructor to take me to the next level. Well that didn’t last very long as the instructor was very intimidating and had no patience. A number of times I wanted to quit and eventually did as him not to bother returning.
The fact I can’t carry a tune didn’t help of course but a little tact goes a long way. Embarrassing your students isn’t good advertising and I would never recommend one on one training if all instructors are that arrogant.
Online Guitar Courses
I don’t ever want to be in a band or even to play in front of others. I just want to learn how to play guitar so I can sit back and play guitar, all by myself.
None of the people I know well enough can play much in the line of bar chords and that’s what I want to play and understand. I want to be able to play licks up and down the neck of my Yamaha acoustic. But my friends only know basic chords and not too many of those.
I always thought it would be nice to be able to teach my friends and now I do teach them thanks to Jamorama online guitar lesson.
It was so cool the first time I went to a guitar jam and actually showed them how to play a couple of new songs. Even taught them how to use a couple of bar chords, which has now increased the number of songs we jam to.
I’ve always done better at my own pace anyways and that’s one of the things I love about Jamorama. The lessons are explained and easy to follow for a beginner like I was.
Jamorama is so confident with their guitar instruction they have a free lesson section you can try out to see for yourself.
I found very quickly that I was on the right track I just needed to learn a few basics that had been missing to play the music I wanted, but Jamorama is more then just a guitar tutorial for beginners , you get jam tracks each week so you can jam along in private and have fun learning at the same time, no one telling you your not doing it the right way just, easy to understand step by step approach to playing guitar.
Jamorama has a great online community that you can ask questions in and not feel like an idiot and their online teachers are fantastic. With Jamorama you not only learn to play guitar you become part of an online family that have the same interest and goals.
I am now playing the stuff I had been struggling with and my friends all want to know how I have improved so quickly. (haven’t told them yet) Anyway whether you are just starting out or like me need more advanced lessons Jamorama guitar lessons online is the place to go, they even have free lessons to get you started so you have nothing to loose.
Monday, August 22nd, 2011 at 9:28 am
Learning to relax while playing guitar will help immeasurably so be sure to have fun. I found I learned more when I was at a guitar jam with others. Less stress and I picked up on people’s styles.
Guitar methods and techniques can be applied to beginners on all kinds of guitars: electric guitar, acoustic guitar.
With private guitar lessons you could find yourself paying $20 to $30 for a half an hour each week whether you’ve had the chance to practice or not. How many times have you walked past that guitar and thought, I only have 15 minutes what good will it do to practice.
The reality of playing guitar is that even a few minutes here and there can make a huge difference. So pick it up and hit a chord.
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