How To Practice The Guitar Properly by aihaozhe2


									Sure, youve heard its true that practice makes perfect but when learning to play any
instrument as the guitar, your practicing technique must be properly done. If you
develop an improper method of playing, such as strumming the strings with a flat
hand instead of a cupped hand, you will continuously reinforce this method
throughout your future practices. Poor hand position of either hand will create tension
and fatigue as well as making it hard to use certain playing methods properly.
Improper hand techniques lead to common injuries as carpel tunnel. This is a
condition common to musicians and can disable you from playing permanently. Once
poor playing methods are reinforced through continuous guitar practice exercises,
they become extremely difficult to correct.

One thing thats really bizarre about the guitar, making it unlike most other
instruments, is that its upside down and backwards. In a sense, the guitar is played
both horizontally and vertically, but it must be flipped upside down to correlate with
the fretboard diagram. Hence, to help them establish a good guitar practice routine, I
stress this to each new student. One must not think of a guitar like a piano, a piano is
more of a linear instrument, but on the guitar, up is down and down is up. This must
be remembered when referring to direction and the pitch or each string. Knowing
these factors helps my students determine what finger position is most proper when
playing notes and prevents them from becoming disoriented as they start moving
around on the fretboard.

Anyone practicing guitar must never forget about rhythm. Without rhythm anyone
listening to your playing will not be able to recognize what youre trying to play.
Playing along with other musicians who want to jam would be difficult and
unpleasant as well. If you can read music thats fine, but you must also be able to
count the beats within each measure of in order to play the piece properly. Therefore, I
cannot stress to my students enough, keeping rhythm is one of the most important
guitar practice tips theyll need to remember.

Quite often, during solo guitar practice, many of my students have a tendency to play
too fast. When doing so they forget to concentrate on rhythm and timing. Therefore, I
remind them again and again to SLOW DOWN to a clear tone and pace that feels
comfortable. Even if youre playing a fast lick you still need to slow down to interpret
the timing properly. Correct timing promotes proper articulation, meaning to
pronounce distinctly. I also tell them No one will be impressed with your music if its
played too fast.

For best guitar practice I suggest that students either try to use a metronome or
drumming machine as a background tempo. These will enable you to play short speed
bursts one section at a time. Once youve mastered that, increase the speed with each
practice until you can play the whole lick, riff, or measure at just the right tempo.
Remember to concentrate on proper hand position, rhythm, and articulation
throughout the process.
Approach solo guitar practice in the following manner:

1.       Start slowly
2.       Develop a relaxed cupped hand position
3.       Learn how to interpret the rhythm properly (timing)
4.       Concentrate on articulation (clarity)
5.       Gradually increase speed (tempo)

Although practice makes perfect, developing good practice habits should be your top
priority. As you develop good practice habits youll realize youre also developing good
technique as you go along. Whatever you do, dont rush the learning process. Think of
it as a hobby you embrace and enjoy rather than a task. Learning to become a great
musician takes a long time. By keeping these ideas in mind, youll notice a steady,
progressive improvement in your playing. Playing the guitar will be much easier and
fulfilling in the long run.

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