7 Tips On How To Make Yourself Play Guitar Everyday

7 Tips On How To Make Yourself Play Guitar Everyday

In this lesson, we will learn 7 tips on how to make yourself play guitar every day.  Learning guitar is not always easy & can sometimes be harder than we thought.  And because of this, it is often hard to stay focused and play guitar every day.  We see people play and it looks quite easy & we think to ourselves “I can do that” then when we try it, we find out very quickly how hard it is.  So here are 7 tips on how to make yourself play guitar every day.

1.) Set a Goal for what it is you want to accomplish with the guitar.

Most people don’t stick with it because they think it’s easier than it is and when they come across a hurdle they can’t get over they quit.  But if they had a crystal clear goal of WHY they’re doing it, they’d have reason to press on.  So make sure you follow this first step.  It can make all the difference.

2.) Write it down & put it in places you can see it.

Having it in your head is not enough.  You must write it down & look at it every day to keep your mind primed on why you’re doing it.  If you don’t have a strong enough WHY, you won’t stick with it in the long run, especially when times get tough.

3.) Devise an action plan to get you there.

Knowing what to practice on a daily basis has a huge impact on your ability to stay focused & motivated.  If you’re just learning stuff off of youtube you’ll get there.  Eventually!!  But you want to get there faster, you’ve got to know how to make yourself play guitar every day.

4.) Put that plan into daily action at once.

Once you have your plan figured out you can then begin to implement it.  You can get focused on what’s needed to learn.  Start with just a few things.  Don’t take on too much you’ll get overwhelmed, just keep it simple.

5.) Design a productive practice space.

This can make a world of difference in your daily progression as well. If you have solid place to practice & you can stay focused for say 20-30 minutes a day, you’ll do much better than if you try to practice in a place that has distractions.  Leave that for later when you get better.  For now, keep it short & laser beam focused.

6.) Keep it fun.

Practicing guitar should not be a CHORE!! Like any other skill that we choose to develop we should want to do it.  we should want to get better because it’s fun.  But it’s up to us to make it that way.  When we’re doing exercises & warm-ups, they can be kind of boring, but they’re so essential to your learning that you don’t want to overlook them.

7.) Stay Consistent.

This is by far the most important!  without it, you will fail.  You must be consistent in anything you do in order to get better.  Learning the guitar is no different.  This where people get off track.  You know why?….  Because they didn’t do what is stated above.  They just winged it without any thought for a clear & concise direction.

And eventually drop off or just play once in a while but don’t get better..  You want to get better??  Get focused & stick with it until you do. When will you know??  Oh, you’ll know,…. believe me, you put in the “string time” you’ll know.

And what’s really cool, is that through it all you will build confidence & self-esteem.

Conclusion

Follow these 7 steps & I guarantee you can’t go wrong when it comes to getting better.  And if you do it diligently enough, you’ll amaze yourself.  If you have any questions just contact me.

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Sincerely, Dwayne.


5 Tips For Tuning Your Guitar By Ear

images-3In today’s lesson, we are going to learn 5 tips for tuning your guitar.  This is one of the most important things to know when learning to play. Although this is good for ear training, it is a bit of a lost art.

Today you have all kinds of gadgets that help in this area.  Electronic tuners, amps with tuners built-in, guitars with a switch that automatically turns the guitar into a specific tuning.

Listen for string vibration

All this modern technology is fine, but it is still good to know how to tune the guitar to itself.  The thing that is most important to listen for is the vibration of the strings.  Know that when you turn the tuning key it is either going to make the string vibrate faster or slower.  In this case, we want to eliminate the vibration so that the two strings sound the same.  So let us get started.

5 step process for tuning your guitar

1.)  First, pick the 6th string (If you’re not too sure which one, it’s the biggest one) listen for its vibration.  Once it sounds close to the pitch of E (which will take some time to get your ear trained, but that’s ok for now) put your finger on the 5th fret and pick the 6th and open 5th string (A) together. If they vibrate, turn the tuning key of the A string until it stops vibrating.  As mentioned above, it will either vibrate faster or slower depending on which way you turn it.

2.)  Once this is done repeat the process with the 5th and 4th string at the 5th fret.  Finger on the 5th fret of 5th string and play 4th string open.  Eliminate vibration and go to the 5th fret of the 4th string and play the 3rd string open and check the vibration.

Continue the tuning your guitar process

3.)  When you get to the 3rd string, move down to the 4th fret and follow the same process.  Finger on the 4th fret of the 3rd string, 2nd string open and check the vibration.  On the 2nd string, move back to the 5th fret and pick the 2nd string with the 1st string open.  Check for vibration.

4.)  Following this simple procedure should allow you to be in tune with yourself.  Being in tune with someone else or in tune with a recording or the radio might require an electronic tuner.  If using a tuner, make sure the tuner reads what the names of the strings are.  If your not sure what the names of the strings are, be sure to read my article on tuners.

5.)  Having good ears is what music is all about and can take years to develop this skill, but if you practice and have fun to work at it you will see this happen.  Once you get tuning down it will all start to make sense.  What I’ve covered here is just basically getting the instrument in tune.  What’s neat about the guitar is that it can be played in many different tuning for different types of sounds and playing ability.

A modern way of tuning

Learning to tune your guitar by ear is very helpful to your guitar playing.  But it will take some time to get the ear trained to hear the proper vibrations.  Until then you can use a more modern method like an electronic clip-on tuner.

Snark clip-on tuner

The Snark clip-on tuner is a great choice for tuning your guitar until you can get your ears trained to do it by ear.  It just clips on to the headstock of your guitar, you turn it on and away you go.  Real simple and easy.  All you need to know is what your string names are (from low to high: E A D G B E) and you are ready to tune your instrument.

This tuner works on both acoustic and electric guitars.  It also can be used for other stringed instruments like the Bass guitar and Mandolin.  The Snark clip-on tuner display is big for easy visibility and can be seen even in the dimmest lighted stage.

So until you get your ear trained, and it won’t take long if you follow the 5 steps to tuning your guitar by ear, I recommend you try out the Snark clip-on tuner.  It comes in a variety of models and colors.  Perfect to fit your personality and style of playing.

Conclusion

If you here some rock music that sounds kind of strange or really deep in tone, it’s a good chance they are using what’s called alternate tuning.  But I’ll explain that later in another post.  For now, get your guitar, get it in tune and start having fun.  If you have any questions contact me and I will help you out.

Until our next lesson, take care.

Dwayne.


Adrian Smith

5 Tips For Anyone Starting On Guitar Electric Or Acoustic

For anyone starting on guitar electric or acoustic, learning these 5 tips will help to make the journey more enjoyable, fun and easier to progress forward.  No matter if you play electric or acoustic.

Tip #1.  Make sure to have the right tools. 

Without the right tools, the job will not get done as well and you will meet with lots of frustration and probably quit before it gets done, or decide it’s not worth it to continue to the finish or decide to see it through but not do it again.  I know I’ve done this many times with different projects in my life.

I didn’t have the right tools and because of it, I didn’t get the job done as quickly as I would have liked to and met with much frustration while doing it.  And after I was done, I decided not to do it again.  So remember tip #1, when starting on guitar, make sure you have the right tools.

Tip #2.  Make sure to have a quality place to practice.

Also a very important part of what you are trying to accomplish.  If you are trying to learn your instrument and you have all kinds of distractions around you, this will make it very difficult to focus on learning.

You must find a place where you can focus on your studies for at least a brief time throughout the day or night to put in string time.  It can be a basement, extra bedroom, or garage.  It doesn’t really matter, Just make sure you have a quality place to practice.

Tip #3.  Get some quality training material to start learning.

The right material to learn from is very important.  It can determine if you progress quickly or slowly.  It will also let you know “what to practice”.  I once had a student ask me “why do I have to practice if I’m taking lessons” and I said “Because lessons teach you what to practice” I guess he didn’t like the practice part of it.

Anyway, find some good books at the music store, video training or take some group or private lessons.  If you can’t afford private lessons, find a good quality training program online.  These ones are nice and not too expensive.  Either way, get some quality training material to start learning.

Tip #4.  Develop a practice and learning routine.

Once you have the right tools, the right place to practice and the correct materials (book, videos, online training or private lessons) you can then set up practice and start learning with a routine.  This really helps because it gets your mind trained that come a certain time, it’s time to practice and get after learning the fun of playing guitar.

Develop a routine of just not a certain time to practice, but also a certain WAY of practicing.  For example, start off with some finger exercises for finger conditioning, then move on to basic chords and theory.  Develop a practice and learning routine and I guarantee anyone starting on guitar will see significant results.

Tip #5.  Set Goals for what you want to accomplish.

Why do you want to learn the guitar?  What is it your after?  Do you want to play in a band?  Or possibly, just want to learn for yourself?  Do you want to entertain family and friends?  Or do you want to become the next rock star to change the world?

All are valid reasons for learning (especially the last one)  but if you don’t know your WHY, you probably won’t stick with it.  So take some time to ask yourself some of these questions and look deep down within your self to find the answers.  Once you find them you’ll be ready to set goals for what you want to accomplish and get after it.

Bonus Tip!  Be Consistent & Don’t Neglect!

To be good at anything you choose to do you must be consistent.  There are many different ways you can approach starting on guitar and many different styles you can play.  Find what excites you and get to it.  Set some goals, develop a plan of action and be consistent with your practice.

I guarantee if you don’t neglect this formula you will see amazing results.  Jimi Hendrix once said something like “guitar playing can sometimes make you want to quit, but if you stick with it, you’ll eventually be rewarded” I know this to be true because I was rewarded with teaching others how to discover the joy of playing guitar.

If you need a place to find the right tools you can look here and if you need any help with your studies, feel free to contact me.  

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Be sure to check out my additional lessons:

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How to find notes on your fretboard

Benefits of using a capo on your guitar

Until we have our next lesson, Take care.

Sincerely,Dwayne