Guitar Playing Tips

A quick note with a few guitar playing tips!

I’ll post more of these on regular basis. Any requests just let me know and I’ll do my best to oblige.

1) Keep your strumming arm relaxed:

whether you are palm muting or strumming, keep the arm relaxed and use the wrist to make the movement. This is essential for sustained playing as it will prevent your arm from seizing up!

2) Slow it down:

When learning a new riff, solo, pattern or scale, start it slow and use a metronome building speed gradually. Play it correct 5/10 times in a row and then increase the speed by 5bpm. You’ll be surprised how quickly you can build the speed using this method

3) Don’t Cheat:

You’re only cheating yourself

4) Use the internet;

but not too much! There is a wealth of information out there, hundreds of sites offering free videos and tutorials. Use them, but don’t spend all day looking at them. Pick up the guitar and play!

5) Aim High:

Push yourself to play harder and faster. Choose something that is out of your comfort zone and motivate yourself to learn, at least, a part of it by the end of your session. Go back to point 2 here and you can achieve it. Of course, be realistic; don’t attempt Speedball by Zakk Wylde until you are pretty good!

That’s it for this post. Keep checking back for more.