Finding yourself at the start of the learning curve in an attempt to learn the guitar is challenging. And let’s be honest, beginning guitar is not the easiest of endeavors in the world. You will have to go through the frustration of not being able to play what you want, as well as the pain that comes with your hands and fingers having to adapt to a new motor skill. You will need to overcome adversity to be a guitarist, and the important aspect to overcoming this adversity is to habituate practical practice habits. The following are 5 tips to help you get the most out of your guitar practice.
It should be quiet, have a suitable temperature, and be well lit. You obviously won’t be able to buy a state of the Art jamming Workshop studio to start with, and more than likely it will be your bedroom, but if you can shut out elements which will drain your concentration, the more productive you will be. Don’t have the TV on and turn off your cell phone. Dedicate yourself for the time you are there. It is better to have an hour of quality study than 4 hours of lackadaisical, casual jamming.
Regardless of his warnings the boys left for Eckhorns club and as word got back to Koschmider he was not pleased. The next morning the boys were dragged out of bed by several nasty Reeperbahn policemen and taken to the station.
Before Practice: Listening – Get yourself enthusiastic about having fun with guitar by listening to two or three your favorite guitar songs. Look for songs that get you really psyched to spend time playing and make use of that energy when you begin your session.
Gangster movies and porn films alternated in the early afternoon and it wasn’t uncommon for the boys to wake up to the sounds of excessive panting. The living conditions were deplorable and if one of them were brave enough to sift through the trash strewn on the floor it wast surprising to find human excrement.
“I didn’t have time to rehearse” is the worst excuse you can have. And I hear it continuously. To help cure this, schedule your practice session into your day the same as other “have-to’s”. Classes, work, prepare dinner, put the kids into bed, practice guitar. If it’s important to you, treat it like that.
Stu and Astrid took him to the train station that night and in an unusual show of feelings and heart break, George limped back to Liverpool with his tail between his legs. A heart broken young adult. With a year on the Reeperbahn, the boys were much more mature beyond their age.
Alternatively, you could come up with a riff you like and then go on to transpose it or move it up to the desired scale in which you wish to set the song. This is a simple way to bring variety and verve into a song, which might otherwise just sound very ordinary. For example Day Tripper by The Beatles in which the same riff is played in both in the key of E and A. Lastly, even if you think you sound horrible, keep playing. You never know when you’re going to hit upon the next sensation.