Teach Yourself Guitar the easy way, learning to play guitar was never meant to be a struggle, we all have the music inside of us the trick is to find the easiest, most natural way to get the music out. The key to learning guitar is to understand that music is a language and once you learn that language and apply that knowledge to the guitar fingerboard everything becomes effortless.
Like everything else there’s a few tricks of the trade that can really help skyrocket your progress; below I’ve created a short troubleshooting guide that identifies the most common learning hazards, along with the problem I’ve included a diagnosis and solution to help you overcome these problems so you can find the best way to teach yourself guitar.
The Guitarist’s Guide To Problem – Solving
Learning hazard #1: Player keeps making mistakes
Diagnosis: Practicing too fast
Solution: Always remember that speed is a by-product of accuracy, the key to eliminating mistakes is to slow everything down until the player reaches a tempo were there are no mistakes. Our fingers are not the thinking part of our body so unless we make a conscious effort to eliminate any errors in our playing the mistakes will be constantly repeated. If the errors are not corrected the mistakes will become ingrained and extremely difficult to overcome. Working with a metronome is recommended.
Important: When learning guitar it’s important to make certain that you are working with your nervous system not against it; use a metronome to track your progress, don’t set a fast tempo and try to keep up with the metronome.
Learning hazard #2: Guitarist can’t remember songs/music theory.
Diagnosis: Practice session is too long
Solution: The key with practice sessions is to remember that there are two types of practice: (a). Data memory practice and; (b) motor skill practice. In this instance the guitarist is having difficulty remembering new or unfamiliar material; therefore it is a Data memory issue. When learning new material it is vitally important to keep the practice sessions short between 2 to 5 minutes.
Important: To avoid overload it is recommended that you use a timer to make certain the short 2 to 5 minute time frames are adhered to.
Learning hazard #3: Player has trouble changing chords
Diagnosis: (a) Fingers are not moving in a single movement like a rubber stamp or (b) player is not clear on the chord shape.
Solution: (a) Slow the chord progression down to a tempo were the guitarist can make the chord changes without breaking tempo then gradually bring the tempo up, never playing faster than 100% accurate;
Solution: (b) quite often the player incorrectly blames their fingers when in reality the problem is that they do not know the chord shape clearly enough, if that is the case the best idea is to practice writing out the chord shape without the guitar until the chord shape is correctly ingrained.
Learning hazard #4: Player does not seem to be making progress
Diagnosis: Set goals
Solution: You need to be clear on what you want to achieve. Write down exactly what you want to achieve and set time frames to monitor and review your progress regularly.