Guitar Accuracy- Imagine the sound
When we are learning a song, we all try to achieve accuracy in it’s chords and melody; the what we will do, when and why, at all levels and at all stages, of our musical life. However, I believe accuracy is the consequence of hearing the sound before we place our fingers on the guitar fretboard or strings. We must understand the sound, hear it and be able to sing it, before the final finger placement. If we miss this step of hearing, singing, we may engage in a non stop practice schedule. The more you can hear and sing, what you want to play on the guitar, the more satisfying the experience will be, and the quicker you will learn.
Accuracy in the melody and accompaniment, is an important goal in our practice routine. Try not to guess where your fingers have to be, but first sing the sound, then find it. If you cannot sing the sound, you will need to imagine it first. When we imagine a sound, we engage in the process of understanding. This process should be done at a comfortable speed, at which you can accomplish your goal. Once this process flows, then you will be able to apply the accuracy to the tempo, and play the musical phrase on the guitar, or any other instrument, at the desired speed.
Avoid unnecessary repetition
The objective of all practice is to have fun, and avoid unnecessary repetition, to try to emulate what we will do, when we share our performance, and music live, with our beloved audience, that is eager to listen to you. The how to play the guitar with joy is a constant must in all daily routines,
Substitute discipline with eagerness
How about if we needed no discipline, only eagerness to finish a goal in a satisfying manner. If we are eager to learn, and always ask the right questions, to get to the desired goal, music will be a very enjoyable experience. If you feel bored, distracted, then you are learning with no worthy emotion to remember. Therefore, you are practising incorrectly and hot having fun. Always ask your self, how can I play what I wish, as soon as possible, and have fun along the way.
Generally, if you are not having fun on the guitar, it will be because you are playing with no tempo, you are not able to sing what you can do, you do not understand the groove of the song, and do not understand the harmonic tension of each passage you are playing.
Too much discipline= emotional blockage
Too much discipline and too much repetition, will create an emotional blockage. It takes a very long time to get over the feeling of disgust, or lack of desire, that this blockage will produce in you. Please learn to place a limit to all your learning, and stop much before you feel: this is to much for me. Learn how to practice the guitar with joy.
All my tips refer to all styles of guitar including: jazz guitar, blues guitar, flamenco guitar, funk guitar and all other styles.
Structured learning=step by step achievable goals.
A musician needs structure to be able to learn and play all styles of music. A guitar teacher should share with you the adequate educational structure to help you achieve the desired goals of the music you wish to play at a short term or long term. Learning structure should target the question how to learn effectively with joy.
This how to learn should be fun. It must avoid unnecessary repetitions, work with solid tempos, make you sing what you wish to do; compose your own music. Also, create variations of rhythm and melody, understand the why of how to accompany on the guitar, and how emotions are portrayed, as you develop your interpretation in a song.
Structure to develop Guitar Improvisation
Music can be great fun when we create constant variations of a given song. However, we only can have fun on the guitar if we know the song very well.
What does it mean to know a song well in any style including blues guitar?
If you are able to count a song in, maintain a solid tempo, sing the melody of the whole song, non stop, and play the chords at the same time, then you know the song and you are ready to explore variations. You are on the right track of how to practice the guitar.
At the Creative Guitar School we learn how to create harmonic, rhythmic variations of the melody and of the accompaniment. We learn over 100 tools to help us create all desired emotions. We must learn to be proficient in the handing of the tools, so as to choose correctly on the go.
Once you are at the stage of mastering the creative tools you will never want to stop playing. Music and the creative flow is like no other feeling you will experience in your life. I would describe it as pure peace of mind, as an observer of existence, in motion.
Learn music have fun. Let your self go, and experience life as a viewer of emotions that colour our existence with love and pleasure.
Upcoming Guitar Courses
I am very happy that the majority of students finish courses and move on to the next. As they move on, previous levels become empty, so I schedule courses to start every 10 weeks. The next guitar course will be starting on the first week of July, from Monday to Thursday evenings, between 5 and 9 pm. If you wish to enrol, please get in touch as soon as your can, to organise an interview so I may asses your guitar skills, and put your into the best group for your learning experience, and journey in music.
All guitar students have now included in all guitar courses the opportunity to record in class compositions to achieve proficiency in music production at my recording studio here in Melbourne where I facilitate most of my guitar courses.
I do hope my tips on how to practice the guitar with joy can be helpful on your musical journey in life. Please also visit my site for all updates on my Melbourne Concerts and Tours.