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Re: Cant reach that next level
12/12/2007 11:57 PM
Chris Pinto (24466) wrote:
If you "are" really serious about getting to that next level, then, there's really no way around it, you gotta hunker-down and start practicing.
Actually sit down, give yourself at least 1/2 hr, to an hour each day, or at the very least, 3 nights a week. That's how you get better.
Lessons may not be in the cards for you right now, and that's cool...Look into some instructional DVD's, look at all the lessons here at WN (there are TONS OF 'em!!!) and just start gettin' them fingers moving.
I would (if at all possible), recommend at least a few lessons. Maybe just a couple? Just to learn some technique.
But, if you can't: Maybe you can ask a friend! Maybe you have a friend that plays guitar? It's easy to learn something if someone actually shows the "proper ways" of playing something. Even if it's something very small! Sometimes looking at a piece of paper or reading something that someone wrote, doesn't always "click". But, having someone show it to you, right in front of you, could make all the difference!
I know things get in the way (life, work, family, etc), but if you want to get better, you have to really get serious about actually practicing. And not just the same old scales all the time, or "noodling" (as already mentioned).
Another important piece of hardware: The trusty METRONOME. Get one (if you don't have one already) and practice with it. Yeah, it's boring, yeah the "click-click-click" gets annoying, but, it really helps with timing, strumming, and picking.
It's like quitting smoking! You can quit IF you WANT TO!
Same holds true for learning guitar...You CAN learn, IF you WANT to! You have to want it, and put forth some effort. It's not the easiest instrument to play....
Had I known years ago it would be this hard, I would have learned how to play the triangle instead! LOL