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Master The Guitar And Playing Great Solos - Tips & Tricks

Mar 3, 2008
Join us as we take a look at a few key tips for learning how to master the guitar. You'll learn how playing with no effects improves accuracy, how to get the most out of practice sessions with guitar backing tracks, as well as a few principles to apply to guitar practice.

Everybody who picks up a guitar has the ultimate goal in mind of being able to just pick up their guitar and blaze a solo, leaving impressed friends and family in a state of speechless shock. The problem is that most people don't put in the effort that is necessary in order to master their instrument because they desire instant results. Guitar is one of the most difficult instruments to master, yet anyone can do it if they put in the effort and time and have a true passion for creative musical expression.

There are a few tips that are the key to unlocking success when it comes to mastering the guitar. One of the most basic tips to success playing the guitar is to put in the time that is necessary to practice. As elementary as it may seem, a lot of people fail and give up the guitar because they expected instant results without putting in any work. Practice takes time, effort, passion, and work. There isn't a single great guitar player in the history of music that didn't sacrifice a lot of time to practice their guitar. Some would practice for five to eight hours a day. This doesn't mean that you have to practice that long every day, but you have to give more than five minutes of your time if you want to see any real results.

Another great tip for mastering the guitar is to take it slow at first. This means that playing fast is put to the side for awhile. Take your time perfecting your chords and learning them. Learn all your scales, commit them to your mind, master these fundamentals first, and then you can begin to build on your speed. It's important to remember that playing fast is not as important as playing
with accuracy.

One tip for mastering accuracy and clarity in your playing is to play your guitar clean. Playing your guitar clean means no distortion and no effects. By practicing your scales and chords without distortion, you will have to play the notes clean and accurately in order for them to sound good. This will push your style and accuracy to the next level as you're learning new techniques and scales.

An excellent tool to help you put into practice all that you've learned is to use guitar backing tracks. These are great for helping you take what you have learned and use it alongside other musicians. It makes practice so much more fun and keeps your motivated! These guitar backing tracks are like practicing with an entire band, and will help you develop timing and rhythm. They are excellent for helping you tap into your creativity and apply what you have learned to creating excellent lead parts.
About the Author
Want over 1000 Guitar Backing Tracks? Visit Planet of Rock to improve your lead guitar playing and jam to professional live bands! Eugene is the founder of Planet of Rock Music Studios. He is a professional guitar teacher and has contributed to publications as Guitar Player and Maximum Guitar. Imagine Playing Like You Have The Entire Band Backing You Up
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