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20 Ways to Become a Better Guitarist

August 13, 2013

 

Play music with others:

Probably the single best piece of advice anyone could offer. Music is rarely a solitary activity. Whether it’s a rock band, a jazz trio, or a full orchestra—it typically takes a village to bring music to life. A bedroom player who has mastered the instrument is going to go back to square one once he or she starts playing with other musicians—the communication and instincts that are developed by playing music with others are  1) irreplaceable  2) unteachable. You just have to do it and live it to get good at it.

 

You can always benefit from guitar lessons:

One of my favorite pieces of (true) rock lore is the fact that Randy Rhoads used to look up guitar teachers in the towns where he toured and would squeeze in taking a lesson if he could—even though he was on top of his game already, Rhoads knew that he could always learn more and that getting lessons from a diverse array of teachers would only make him a better overall musician. No matter your skill level, you can always benefit from lessons—especially if you take lessons in a genre outside your normal ouvre. If you’re a rock player, take jazz or flamenco and vice versa.

 

Take a workshop:

There are countless workshops offered throughout the world—sometimes by music schools, sometimes by manufacturers, sometimes by famous players themselves. Take a few days and attend a workshop, where you not only pick up some new skills but also get the chance to play alongside other musicians. The workshop format, where you dedicate a couple days to focusing on your instrument, can be incredibly inspiring.

 

Read a book:

It’s impossible to have too many reference materials. Even professionals usually have a chord dictionary hanging around. Having a chord/scales/arpeggio tomes handy can offer you a way to kick start your playing when you find yourself in a rut.

 

Play licks in other fretboard positions:

As an exercise, try playing some of your favorite licks in alternate positions on the fretboard. Taking phrases out of their intended box and playing them elsewhere on the neck forces your brain to go “off-book” as it were—hopefully opening the floodgates of creativity.

 

Don’t fear the computer:

Though many of us are die-hard analog kids, playing our magnetic-pickup wooden guitars through tube amps—it’s foolish to ignore all of the amazing advances happening in the digital world. From modeling software to phrase trainers to online lessons—there is a ton happening in the digital guitar world, most of which you can access from almost any device: Android, iOS, Mac, PC, etc. I have a midi-capable guitar and from time to time, I’ll plug it into a software instrument such as Reason or Native Instrument’s Komplete suite and practice while using plug ins for non-guitar instruments—a grand piano or string section, for example.

 

Learn about music theory:

With the ease of reading tablature, it’s easy for guitarists to learn to play without necessarily learning a lot of music theory—just by using their ears to match up what they’re reading in the tab with what they’ve heard. A little theory goes a long way—consider picking up a book, studying online, or even take a local course at a community college to shore up your knowledge of theory.

 

Learn a new instrument:

Once you know one instrument (and hopefully at least a little theory), it’s a lot easier to switch over to another. Playing multiple instruments helps keep your mind actively engaged and prevents you from getting too stale on the one thing that you’re best at. Piano is a fantastic complement to guitar, but any instrument will do: ukulele, saxophone, tuba! At the least, if you’re playing in a band, switch instruments once in a while to break up the monotony.

 

Play with musicians who are better than you:

It’s easy to be a bit sheepish about playing with people who can play circles around you, but don’t psyche yourself out—as often as possible, play with musicians who are better than you; they will raise the level of your playing and you will probably be surprised how quickly it happens.

 

Milk notes for all they’re worth:

The one-note solo is a real thing and it is awesome. Just because you’re capable of speed doesn’t mean you should use it. There’s a time and place for speed, but make sure you know when that moment is. Don’t be afraid to squeeze every last drop out of a note or a couple notes. You can do so much with so little.

 

Buy a weird effect pedal:

Overdrives are a dime a dozen. There are plenty of non-traditional effects pedals on the market today—try adding one in to your rig and challenge yourself to find ways to use it and implement it in your music. It might not stick around forever, but it might open up channels of creativity in your playing that your old TS-9 clone never will.

 

Keep your guitar in tip top shape:

A race car driver can’t do his or her best driving if they’ve let their vehicle go to hell. Your instrument is the vehicle for your music; take care of it for your best playing to come out. Make sure it is properly intonated and set up; keep it free from dust and spills; use the case when you’re not playing, etc etc.

 

Use a metronome once in a while:

In the iPod age, it’s easy to play along to recorded music—but playing to a metronome is key. Being able to lock into a tempo while you’re playing and not relying on backing music to cover you is a necessity.

 

Learn when not to play:

There’s a time and place for everything… your four-finger tapping solo has a place, but don’t forget that there’s also going to be moments when not playing is more powerful than playing. A well timed rest in a song, or even in a lead, can create great tension or be an extremely powerful moment.

 

Be honest about your weaknesses:

No one is amazing at everything. Even {your favorite guitar hero’s name here}. Periodically, take an honest inventory of your strengths and weaknesses as a player. Maybe your vibrato sounds like someone is having a seizure, maybe your right hand dexterity is less than dexterous… the great thing about weaknesses is that they give you something to work on and it’s never too late to turn them into strengths.

 

Stay focused

It’s easy to get lost in playing and not get maximum results out of playing and/or practicing. In a band scenario, try to set a time limit for rehearsal and don’t get too off-track talking about the latest funny videos you’ve been watching on the internets. Stay focused and try to get the most out of every minute that you’re playing.

 

Book some gigs:

No matter how good you are or are trying to be, playing live is a great way to get better. There’s something about playing in front of an audience (whether it’s 5 people or 500) that elevates your game—not to mention how much you’ll learn about gear and sound from having to tear down and set up your rig a few times. Warning: your desire for a roadie will skyrocket.

 

Go see live music:

Sounds like a no-brainer, but it’s so important to go watch/listen to other musicians. You can go see bands that play music that you’re already into, or you can roll the dice on some bands that you’ve never heard of. You’re guaranteed to walk away with something, whether it’s a new technique to try out or whether it’s what NOT to do (like, for example, gig without a backup!). Even better—pick up season tickets to the symphony, if you don’t normally listen to classical fare, and expose yourself to an entirely different world of music. I did this two years ago

 

Take time to research your influences influences:

Quick author confession: I only got into Pink Floyd after I got obsessed with the UK band Catherine Wheel. Reading everything I could about guitarists Rob Dickinson (cousin of Bruce!) and Brian Futter revealed that they were huge Pink Floyd/Gilmour fans, so then I started checking out Floyd. Once I got hip to Gilmour, Catherine Wheel’s music made so much more sense—I felt like I’d unlocked another dimension to their music. Now I’m looking at Gilmour’s influences—how’d he come to play the way he plays? Know your history and don’t be afraid to dig deeper into your guitar ancestry.

 

Have fun and break the rules:

Just remember that if it doesn’t make you happy, you shouldn’t do it. Don’t be afraid to break the rules, but do remember that you have to know them in order to break them. Music is a never-ending pursuit—keep pushing yourself and keep looking out for how to take the next step. There will always be one more ahead of you to take. 

Comments

  1. David says:

    Play other styles of music.  Expand that palette!!!

    posted on August 13, 2013 at 6:05 am
  2. Fletch says:

    Here’s one for you: SLOW DOWN. Stop trying to keep pushing forward when what you have been learning is not yet understood. But, also slow down your playing to learn the mechanics of WHAT you are doing, WHERE the notes are, and HOW you should play them - it’s called technique. Learn it at a slow tempo - using a metronome - and then only speeding up as your ability to preserve technique allows, to ensure you will see REAL IMPROVEMENT in what you are learning to play, not just songs, licks, chords, but rhythms and tempos as well.

    posted on August 13, 2013 at 6:14 am
  3. IPLAYLOUD says:

    Avoid playing the note of the key you are in!!
    If the song is in A, don’t play an A.
    You’ll have to think to get around it, and find things you may have passed by in the past.

    posted on August 13, 2013 at 6:17 am
  4. Johnny C. says:

    Kidnap Andy from PGS and chain him to the wall in the basement and make him give you lessons all day!
    You’ll be the best in the US after a week.
    (Then, please let him go so he can film more vids)

    posted on August 13, 2013 at 6:19 am
  5. SeanG says:

    Great tips all around, I would add:
    Use the metronome a lot, not just once in a while. Playing along with tracks is great, but the isolation of the metronome will better improve your internal clock. If learning another instrument, drums are great, even just snare rudiments. My time in my high school drum line and orchestra had a profound on my guitar playing, especially in my understanding of rhythm. Yes, please learn some theory. Not knowing any is like being able to read words but not really understand what they mean. And, if you’re advanced enough, teach. Teaching guitar to a wide variety of students has always kept me on my toes.

    posted on August 13, 2013 at 6:23 am
  6. SCOTTY says:

    Always bring a guitar into the dumper.  Some of the best tunes were written on the throne.

    posted on August 13, 2013 at 6:28 am
  7. gawfshot says:

    Record yourself. 
    With a backing track.
    Without a backing track.
    Are you “in the pocket”? Got groove?
    Video too.
    Do you look like you’re struggling? How’s your posture?

    posted on August 13, 2013 at 6:34 am
  8. freak says:

    love the last one-and i use it in both music and the real world.  as my late great (rip) guitar teacher taught me MANY years ago, and its true, is that you have to know the rules, to break the rules.

    posted on August 13, 2013 at 7:00 am
  9. Ock says:

    Slow the Tempo and increase it gradually

    posted on August 13, 2013 at 7:01 am
  10. Doug McElfresh says:

    Here’s one from old school band days, that goes along with the metronome advice.  Get in the habit of tapping your foot in time while playing.  Makes it harder to rush or drag the tempo.

    posted on August 13, 2013 at 7:27 am
  11. iain mclennon says:

    Now, THIS is what I was hoping for!  I rescind my comment made in what turned out to be the Ten Best Pedals page.  This is all great stuff.  Thank you!

    posted on August 13, 2013 at 7:43 am
  12. Marc says:

    Rule # 1 - Learn to LISTEN ...
    and lose the ego.
    Lay back when there’s a vocal or other lead.
    Complement, don’t compete.

     

    posted on August 13, 2013 at 7:48 am
  13. phil says:

    Practice everyday !

    posted on August 13, 2013 at 7:50 am
  14. Michael says:

    Learn every song you play forwards and backwards and make it your own.
    Without question, keep your guitar and strings in tip top shape.
    Your amplifier is your guitars best friend, don’t spare expense on speakers.

    posted on August 13, 2013 at 8:11 am
  15. IPLAYLOUD says:

    1) Listen to every form of music.
    It will help you decide what you DON’T want to play.

    2) Learn what NOT to play and when NOT to play it.
    Bandleaders will LOVE you.

    posted on August 13, 2013 at 8:14 am
  16. Warren says:

    Best PGS article ever.  Thanks.

    posted on August 13, 2013 at 8:22 am
  17. Terry says:

    I suspect the tip that will be followed least is: “Learn when not to play”

    Silence isn’t just golden, it is tremendously powerful.  For instance, a good funk guitarist will have knowing “...when not to play” perfected to an art.  Want to catch some attention? Stop playing. Getting a feel for just when this can or should happen takes some experience.  Listen to experienced musicians, then go listen to some not so experienced.  One thing will often stand out immediately - the less experienced will play constantly, likely only loudly and over the top of their band mates.  A subset to learning “...when not to play” is known as dynamics.  There’s a time to dime it, and a time to whisper gently.  You can shock folks with volume, also with silence.  You can make the hair stand up on people’s necks, you can also make them cry.  Learn to do both.

    Remember, always listen.  Can you hear everyone or only yourself?

    There are lots of good tips in the list.  “Learn when not to play” is a very important one.

    posted on August 13, 2013 at 8:30 am
  18. Scott Grove says:

    A couple for you.
    1.  If you are a metal or hard rock player, simply pull up ANY instrumental Brad Paisley song, try to learn it…...well, ‘nuff said.
    2.  If you are a Malmsteen type of player that shreds over classical tracks or even if you ARE Malmsteen….try simply learning the Violin part instead and play that.  There are only 12 notes in the world, take your time and let us actually HEAR those notes.
    3.  Go sit in with, or invite a female singer to perform with you for a night or a rehersal.  NO CAPOS ALLOWED!  That in itself will humble your improv skills real fast.  Every song will be in Eb or Bb and there will be 10 different chords in the song (none that you recognize) and don’t forget to watch out for the 3 key changes and finally the bridge that is from outer space as far as theory goes.

    posted on August 13, 2013 at 8:40 am
  19. Atomic says:

      Great points, PGS, and lots of applicable advice from the comments.  Thank you.  Nice one, Phil.  Yes, practice every day if you can.  Not only is it good for finger dexterity and exercising the mind>hands link, it keeps you in the cerebral music realm all day every day.  I practice in my head while at work or in the car, “thinking” about what my fingers will do when I have a guitar in my hands.

    posted on August 13, 2013 at 9:28 am
  20. Abbacus says:

    Right on, PGS blogger-guys!  Wow, one of the readers comments above suggests taking a guitar with you to the toilet. . . .  I think any player who does this should be required by law to disclose it so the rest of us can know not to ever loan them any of our guitars!

    posted on August 13, 2013 at 10:08 am
  21. Rafa says:

    Best thing I’ve read ‘bout guitar in a long time!

    My 2 cents: Make a list of all the songs you can play from start to end.
                  Make a list of all the songs you cannot play from start to end or just parts of it

    Compare them. Surprising, huh?

    posted on August 13, 2013 at 10:11 am
  22. That guy named Bob says:

    I think JohnC. Has this all figured out.

    posted on August 13, 2013 at 10:25 am
  23. Michael Lawrence says:

    All good advice, particularly about playing with real people and playing live. No tracks, that is a crutch. Learn to create the music, interact with other players and actually play real music with all of its blemishes, that is where the good stuff comes from! Theory, reading music, switching and adapting on the fly? I thought that was playing music 101. Anyone can do it alone in their room (isn’t that musical masturbation 101?). Go get a gig, become a real working musician, that is how you learn the art, the good and the bad of it.

    And a one final thing that need not be repeated but here it is. Silence is golden and the space speaks as loudly as the notes. How often do you have an honest conversation with a person who won’t stop talking long enough to listen to you?

    posted on August 13, 2013 at 10:36 am
  24. John says:

    Now you’ve got me wondering who were David Gilmour’s influences?

    posted on August 13, 2013 at 10:47 am
  25. Ken says:

    Anybody have a suggestion on how to find a good instructor without spending a lot of money. I disabled so I can’t afford a lot, but I still want to a good instructor.

    posted on August 13, 2013 at 10:57 am
  26. CBJ says:

    Ah, grasshopper, number one way to catch butterfly is to stop trying to catch butterfly.

    Seriously, just my opinion but I’m not really sure you can become a better guitarist than you already are by trying to become a better guitarist.

    I’m doing a poor job explaining what I mean but one can be technically advanced and yet not play anything that anyone wants to hear.
    I don’t know if ‘becoming a better guitarist’ even has any validity.
    Some of Peter Green’s work is so simple and almost redundant and yet so perfect and lets face it Neil Youngs ‘Down By The River’ solo is nearly retarded and yet the song doesn’t work without it being so stone simple. Of course how much does BB King say with so few notes?

    I would suggest that one should try to always be surprised with the guitar, to never loose that naive wonder and awe that six strings and twelve tones can be so expressive and one will always wind up learning something IN SPITE of themselves.

    Not trying to be pretentious but I think we just have to get out of our own way.

    posted on August 13, 2013 at 11:03 am
  27. Rick L says:

    @Scott Grove…are you the same Scott Grove of YouTube fame? Groovydjs? Scott is an amazing guitar player/teacher and while his roots are deep into country music, you can learn mountains of information from his FREE videos no strings attached…I play mostly Rock/Blues but have learned to think outside the box by adding country licks, walking bass lines and funk grooves thanks to Scott (you can learn a boat load from Andy at PGS as well…). Don’t forget Jimi added country lick lines into a lot of his playing…The solo in All Along The Watchtower comes to mind…

    posted on August 13, 2013 at 11:35 am
  28. WJK says:

    Play with as many different people as you possibly can. You’ll learn SOMETHING from every one of them….even if it’s only learning what NOT to do!

    posted on August 13, 2013 at 11:59 am
  29. M.O.D. says:

    Scott Grove is a Goof…..........now go practice

    posted on August 13, 2013 at 1:00 pm
  30. Scott Grove says:

    Hello my friend (Rick L.) This is me. I appreciate the compliment for sure buddy!

    Ken:  Send me an email to mrmrswoodworker@aol.com and I’ll hook you up with a couple hundred hours of FREE lessons.  A lifetime’s worth.  I don’t want you to fall for the “real” instructor scams out there.  So, I’ll send you all of my downloadable videos 100% free.  Sometimes you just have to “pay it forward”.  I hope to hear from you.
    Scott

    posted on August 13, 2013 at 2:03 pm
  31. mark says:

    just like a book master it from front to back, not the other way round.

    posted on August 13, 2013 at 2:14 pm
  32. Michael says:

    My first would be to learn relative pitch…doing this helped me go from not being able to play guitar (after trying for years) to being able to improvise lead to most songs played first time down the pub music nights. 2. Would be learn some key scales maj and min pentatonic and if you like blues dominant 9th pentatonic up and down neck. 3. Don’t use a capo, and learn inversions of simple chords up the neck. 4. Learn to sing however limited your voice as singing songs while playing guitar improves your guitar playing. 5. Try to write your own songs. 6. When doing covers change them don’t just copy.

    Michael

    posted on August 13, 2013 at 7:48 pm
  33. fat eddie says:

    listen to horn players . take time to ‘breathe’ ...timing is everything .

    posted on August 13, 2013 at 9:52 pm
  34. Alex Miguel says:

    Ear training is absolutely essential for ANY musician!

    posted on August 13, 2013 at 11:11 pm
  35. Frank P. says:

    Take someone on who’s eager to learn and give em’ lessons…

    posted on August 13, 2013 at 11:16 pm
  36. George says:

    ‘Learn when not to play’

    Great advice.  Something that can’t be taught, simply have to learn this yourself.  Wish more drummers would take this advice too.

    posted on August 13, 2013 at 11:38 pm
  37. Brad says:

    Force yourself to learn a different style.  Rock guys…learn some country.  It will expand the fretbnoard, and make many rocker styles make a lot more sense.  Learning to play major scales will help you break out of the blues box ruts we seem to get into.  Learning some country and bluegrass can do wonders for your right hand as well, via finger-picking and flat-picking.

    posted on August 14, 2013 at 1:47 am
  38. Ken says:

    Frank P., that’s a great suggestion. In everything I’ve done on the job, my skills always improved when I taught someone else how to do what I was doing. Then, when I finally made it to College at the ripe young age of 38 I did the same thing and ended up working as a Professor for a couple semesters. It really does cement things in your own head when you teach others what you learn, and passing on your passion to the next generation will keep it alive. That way. When were too old to get out and play there will be someone who sounds a little like you playing your passion ( by passion I mean rock, classic rock, or hard rock, or acid rock or maybe even metal.)

    posted on August 14, 2013 at 3:13 am
  39. Micah H. says:

    A few personal philosophies I try to follow:

    1.Never think you’ve arrived.
    Regardless of how far you go, there is always someone better.
    2.It’s not a competition.
    In almost everything, there will be sausage measuring competitions.
    Who can play faster? Who’s more “Metal”?, who’s “better”?
    That’s nonsense.
    3.Speed isn’t everything.
    Music is an expression, and as such, one should never be afraid of simplicity, or slowness.
    One of my favourite composers is Erik Satie, and despite the slow, minimalistic nature of his music, I adore Gymnopedie No.1 and Gnossiene 5.
    4.Try other styles.
    I am about to be starting an indie band, but my musical style is partially influenced by jazz, metal (Nevermore, Gorod, etc), indie (Minus The Bear, Two Door Cinema Club), classical/Spanish guitar, and a little bit of everything else.
    Personally, I hate country music, and I don’t really care for most classic rock.
    That takes me to 5.
    5.Play what you like.
    While it is always good to take inspiration from other groups, one should never feel as if they should conform to any sort of model. While one might be able to take skills from other disciplines, some other skills might be less useful in other genres.
    6.Play other instruments.
    7.Don’t be afraid of a little music theory.
    Of course, that in mind, don’t go off the technical deep end.
    8.Music is an expression.
    Yes, I said it earlier. Try to always keep that in mind.
    Music can be simple, music can be complicated, but it should always lead you in some way, emotionally. I’m not saying that you should be weeping at the end of something, but for example, Erik Satie was a very melancholic man. You can feel this in his music.
    Let your music set the scene. Even if you don’t want the music to be depressing, as you sing about your latest break up, let it be something more than generic. If you want your breakup to be an upbeat summer hit, that’s cool, just please- nothing generic.
    9.Nothing generic. I think I’ve covered this.
    10.Always keep listening to music. This is especially good when you’re feeling a bit dry.

    I guess that would probably be my top 10.. I didn’t realize it was ten until I wrote it, but hey, that works.

    posted on August 14, 2013 at 4:14 am
  40. Rick L says:

    One more thought that has worked for me as well…I once had a guitar teacher who told me to work on scales while watching TV…I took this one step further and practiced them using the light given off by the TV set only…in other words in the dim light I couldn’t see the fret markers at all…with the volume of the TV set turned very low (or off) it forces you to listen to the notes and it (for me anyway) helps to develop your ears as well as your fingers…think about it…blind players can’t use sight so it makes their other senses of touch and hearing super strong…this has helped me to play by feel knowing where the notes I need are without looking down at the fret board every time a change is coming or when soloing…lastly if you have to wear glasses (like me ) to see & read…take them off when you play guitar and work it out by feel…or play with your eyes shut tight…

    posted on August 14, 2013 at 4:51 am
  41. IPLAYLOUD says:

    Get the best gear you can afford and take care of it. Keep it reliable.
    Learn to work everything and maintain it, and come prepared.
    There is no worse feeling than something going wrong on a gig because of a low battery (and no spare!), bad cord, twiddling with knobs, and holding the band up.
    Keep things BASIC if you can. You don’t need your entire pedal collection on the floor…just what you need.
    The less there is to go wrong, the better.

    That said, something eventually WILL go wrong and you’ll learn to dance quickly, ;-)

    posted on August 14, 2013 at 4:59 am
  42. Tamirke says:

    These are all great tips.
    Mine is try to have the guitar on you as much as possible.Even if you are watching tv you can move your fingers around theneck do bends and take adventage of your time to improve.

    posted on August 14, 2013 at 6:12 am
  43. MG says:

    Write “pop” songs, even if you think they’re bad, put a solo in the bridge part. Do drums and bass parts for them.

    SLOOOOOOOOWWWWW down. Flashy players, yeah….....

    posted on August 14, 2013 at 8:46 am
  44. Ken says:

    MG, are you doing this as a vehicle to showcase your skills, broaden them or in the hopes that scoring a on hit wonder song in one genre may give you a vehicle for your chosen style of music?
    Just curious.

    posted on August 14, 2013 at 3:02 pm
  45. Carey says:

    If you can’t afford lessons or can’t squeeze in the time, you can learn some great licks and songs on YouTube with all skill levels, Andy also offers some fun songs to learn with ease.  Just play and have fun, and don’t be afraid to try challenge yourself and try different instruments when you can.  I agree with all the suggestions, just don’t get overwhelmed.  Playing with a metronome or click track is key and crucial for good playing.

    posted on August 14, 2013 at 4:11 pm
  46. Scott Grove says:

    A wise blues player once said to play while you’re breathing in, rest while exhaling.  It actually makes for some interesting playing.

    posted on August 14, 2013 at 7:25 pm
  47. Greg says:

    Nice article with some sound advice.  I would add that dynamics are very important to the musician learn when to play soft and when to kick it up.

    posted on August 15, 2013 at 3:52 pm
  48. Michael O says:

    Music is like talking the greater your volcabulary the greater that you are able to communicancate.So learning the styles of various guitarists increases your volcabulary.Even if they are not your style or favorite. You can learn a lot from 80’s guitarists Brad Gillis(Whammy Bar,phrasing,tapping)Jeff Watson (eight finger tapping,phrasing) Warren Dimartini (phrasing)Goreoge Lynch(phrasing). I play/write hard rock,blues songs but I draw from everything and like this amazing article states learn to hang onto notes and when not to play. I do not claim to know everything about playing guitar but that is a great thing I never will.Please excuse any spelling errors because sometimes my english no so good.

    posted on August 16, 2013 at 4:44 am
  49. IPLAYLOUD says:

    Always remember that if you hit a wrong note, the right one is only a fret away. ;-)

    posted on August 16, 2013 at 4:49 am
  50. Craig B says:

    Don’t reach too far for inspiration. Take that song you could play in your sleep and change something/ add something. Now take the part you changed/added and build on it.

    It becomes it’s own work. Believe I got this from Elvis Costello article where he picked out portions of his catalogue and compared it to inspiration from earlier songs (and other people’s work).

    Point being that we don’t have to wait for inspiration from high above to be prolific.

    posted on August 17, 2013 at 1:35 am
  51. nave says:

    number 9 “play with musicians who are better than you”
    that is so true.

    I started playing guitar 3 years ago when I was 16, I had some friends that were playing maybe 2 years before I start.

    that gave me such a boost to practice everyday to become better guitarist , and it worked !!!

    posted on August 17, 2013 at 8:06 am
  52. Paul says:

    Learn to play the part,song with all the OD,Distortion,Hi volume OFF. If you can’t play it clean and make it sound good all the effects,gain,etc.won’t help!!!!!!

    posted on August 18, 2013 at 5:13 am
  53. bastien says:

    less is more ;)

    posted on August 21, 2013 at 12:20 am
  54. Lori says:

    I loved this article. I’ve been waiting for this for a long time and I thank you. The comments that followed were filled with such wonderful ideas. I really enjoyed Atomic’s comments.

    Here is my own 2 cents worth: 1. Visualizing finger placement of chords and how to play a piece even though you’re miles away from your guitar is a great way to spend your time while waiting in your doctor’s office.  2. Stand in front of a large mirror while practicing some time. You may be surprised by what you see. Personally, I was horrified when I saw my posture and my facial expressions (or lack thereof). They were changed immediately! 3. Continue to read articles and the comments that follow. You’re getting a chance to read people’s words from all walks of life and from all over the world; some of it may be way out there or even downright wrong. You can still learn something, even then.

    Bless you all you wonderful people!

    posted on August 25, 2013 at 12:05 am
  55. Samuel Souza says:

    Great tips! I have been translating and adapting your text and posting in my Facebook page. One tip each day. Lot of ‘‘likes’‘.  Thnaks and God blessings!

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