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A Few Tips For Beginners (and Others!)

Darryl Roberts (5330) · [archive]
Style: Basics · Level: Beginner · Tempo: 120
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Before you begin - a resounding, heart-felt THANK YOU to all who have given me feedback on this lesson! It has become one of the most worthwhile things I have ever done, musically. Rock on, everyone! =0)

For those of you who are totally new to guitar, I highly recommend the following lesson:

Lesson #10038: "A Beginner's Guide To Playing The Guitar"
by Adrian Dupree.

This will really help you hit the ground running!

Thou Shalt Not...

...get sloppy in thy practice.

The way you practice is the way you will play. Develop good habits now, while you still suck. Then, when you're a better player, the habits you developed early on will pay off in a big way!

...run before you can walk.

The secret to playing well fast is - get ready for this - to first play well s-l-o-w-l-y. If you can't play that lick perfectly at 60bpm, you have no business playing it at 200bpm.

...sacrifice emotion for technique.

Speed and slick sounding licks are great. There is a place for them. If that is the kind of player you want to be, more power to you. Just remember, though, that a good sequencer can take your place.

...ignore technique.

The flip side of the emotion/technique argument. Having great technique and learning (gasp!) music theory will not interfere with the emotional aspect of your playing - unless you let it. Don't hide behind the tired excuse that "all that technique gets in the way of emotion." That's a sad excuse for not building your chops. Face it - it's a cop out. The truth is, you're just too darned lazy.