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Guitar Playing: What About Performing?

Aug 17, 2007
One great way to create motivation to practice on your guitar is to perform in front of other people in different ways. Do you like to perform in front of others? Let's see how to enjoy performing and also give other people enjoyment!

Performing really doesn't need to be so formal!

A way to create momentum to practise your guitar repertoire is to set up an informal concert with a couple of pieces in the setting of your own home.

The members of your own family could be the public.

There are many occasions when you can perform and play your music in the home and maybe you will also encourage others in your family or among your friends to play on their instruments in such a setting.

Of course you have to plan ahead in order to suggest a performance and in order to prepare yourself.

But if you don't like to perform?

You can actually practice the art of performing on your guitar without people present. One way is to use your imagination and pretend that you perform in front of others.

If you want to help your imagination a bit you can put empty chairs in front of you representing the audience. One step further is to put your children's teddies on the chairs.

On such an occasion you have to exercise self discipline and play those pieces in your actual program from beginning to end. If you would make a mistake in front of a public, what would you do?

Probably you would want to minimize the effect of this mistake and just play on. This is what you have to practice even in this relaxed setting.

What will happen is that you create self confidence in your ability to handle mistakes and you will also find weaknesses you can improve upon in your guitar playing.

This is also an excellent time to record your performance for later evaluation.

Don't make this recording thing to complicated. In these days with cell phones and mp3 players it's an easy task to accomplish.

The act of recording is like having a critic in the public.

Listening to other artists recordings will also be of great benefit.

You have to look upwards in order to climb to a higher level in your guitar playing and this will be accomplished by listening to guitar players on a higher artistic level than yourself.

When you practice and memorize your guitar pieces or songs remember to always play your music at the same artistic level as when you perform.

As you memorize your music you will also memorize your attitude, posture and your tension level.

The joy you feel when you practice will probably be present when you perform the piece of music in front of public and will also reach your audience.
About the Author
Peter Edvinsson at Capotasto Music invites you to download your free sheet music, guitar tabs, ebooks, music lessons and read his music blog at http://www.capotastomusic.com
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