Nothing beats regularly putting your hands on the guitar and practicing the latest lessons. Even if its just for ten minutes on a day when youre otherwise too busy. Good technique comes from your mind and your fingers remembering how its all supposed to work, particularly when it comes to those tricky fingerings. Try to set aside some time every day and develop good playing habits. Itll also help to build up those calluses on your fingertips.
Sometimes its good to simply mute the strings with your left hand and practise creating a percussive rhythm with your right-hand strumming. Uberchord app also features a strummer trainer to improve your rhythm and timings.
Alternatively, choose an easy chord (or no chord at all) and focus for a while on any finger-picking and plectrum style that youre learning. The point is that your right-hand technique is often ignored in the effort to get those fingers on your left hand doing the correct thing. Dont forget that learning how to play the guitar is a two-handed deal.
Barre chords are the heart and soul of rock music and electric guitar playing. They have a place in acoustic playing too, but chunky, driving rock comes from barre chords. To be fair, barre chords are kind of hard work on acoustic guitars unless they have a slim neck and are well set up. The good news is that learning barre chords on an acoustic means that playing these on an electric axe will be a piece of cake. Check out 3 Tips to Simplify Barre Chords on this blog for some helpful pointers.
Learning the basic barre chord shapes and how they easily translate up and down the fret board is also a great get-out-of-jail trick for playing what might otherwise be a nightmare fingering. Like, you need a C Sharp Minor? Damn! Well, starting with your basic C Major shape youll need to but wait. Instead, just play a B Minor two frets (a whol
e tone) up the neck. Job done! Barre chords awesome.
Chord progressions are the patterns that music composers use to put musical notes and chords together. When writing music, chord progressions are critical that sound harmonious and have the desired tones. One can use four-chord progressions, five-chord progressions, two-chord progressions, or however many theyd like. It is possible for any one chord to progress to any one of the other chords in a key; However, certain chord progressions are used more frequently than others. Learn more about Chords.
Eddie Van Halen spent the early part of his career playing along with various records until the sound of what he played matched what was on the record he was playing to (Check out the example below). Doing this will boost your vocabulary and also improve your delivery, feel, stylistic awareness and sense of solo contour.