How many exercises do your guitar players practice? You are probably like most guitarists, and the answer is yes. It is easy to find hundreds of exercises for guitar on almost any topic you want online. Despite their insatiable quest for more guitar-playing materials, many guitarists find that their musical abilities don’t improve no matter how hard they try.
This issue is quite common, but most guitarists react in a completely opposite manner to what is right. Many musicians mistakenly believe that their playing will improve if they have more/better exercises. The truth is that practicing these exercises does not bring about any improvement, as no effort is made to discover the best way to practice them.
Instead of constantly looking for new materials to practice your guitar, it is better to focus on improving your playing and maximizing the results you already have. This will provide you with two important benefits:
1. Because you have fewer exercises to do, your musician skills will be more developed.
2. You will be able to identify the problem and create your own exercises to solve it whenever you are faced with a challenge in your playing of guitar.
Your practice of guitar is more important than the exercises you do
You must be able, at least to yourself, to explain why you are practicing a particular item of guitar practice. This will help you keep your practice on a particular path and not let it drift off to the sidelines.
Let me explain better by giving you an example: Every guitar player has practiced scales at some point. While almost everyone knows that scales are important to practice as musicians, very few guitarists know how to guide their practice of scales in order to improve their musicianship.
1. Learn to play the guitar quickly
2. Learn to play the guitar solos or improve your ability.
3. Imagine the neck of a guitar completely.
4. Musicians can expand their musical creativity
To achieve the above goals, you will need a specific set of actions. Your mind must act as a compass, directing your hands to follow the correct steps in each practice session on scales. It is important to establish specific objectives for each practice session. These “miniature goals” are not the same as your long-term, big vision as a guitarist (in several years). They are, instead (as explained above), similar to a map or a compass. It tells you where to go (what actions to take) in order to achieve a specific goal. You will soon find that you can improve in all aspects of your musicianship by using one practice instrument. Guitar players don’t have this mindset when practicing. Their practice sessions can quickly become a list of exercises to do, without any understanding of the purpose of each one. This is a major reason musicians don’t realize their full potential as guitarists.
It is not easy to be able to set goals for every item in a guitar practice session. This is why many people choose to study guitar by themselves. Regardless of your ability to take lessons, it is worth making the effort to improve your guitar playing.
This will show you how to use scales, a popular guitar practice exercise to help you grow as a player in many areas. This can be done by keeping your mind focused on a set of objectives in each practice routine.
Use Guitar Scales to Learn the Fretboard
To improve your visual perception of the neck of your guitar, you should focus less on the physical aspects of playing it and more on how the shapes of scales look (visually) in every area of the instrument, no matter what key you are in. You will be able to focus 100% on the task at hand if your mind is engaged.
Using Guitar Scales To Improve Your Guitaristic Creativity
One way to become a better guitarist is to practice scales. Another approach is to create new scale patterns, sequences and phrases from scales. This is different than simply playing the scale shapes in an uninspired, mindless fashion. This task can be completed in a few months and you will come up with many new scale sequence ideas. This advice is meant to show how your mind can consciously focus on a different set of tasks while working towards a unique mini goal.
Using Guitar Scales To Refine Guitar Technique
When practicing scales and trying to improve your physical guitar playing, it is important to consciously concentrate your attention on each element of the great technique: minimising tension, avoiding excessive hand/finger motions picking articulation, and the ability for both hands to work in harmony. It is important to note that you can work on scales to improve in any of these elements, and not robotically move your fingers through boring patterns of fingering. This distinction is essential to help you train your hands to play better with scales.
Using Guitar Scales To Become A Better Improviser
You must practice many things to be able to improvise on the guitar. One of these is being able to play scales across the entire guitar. You can practice this skill by spending several minutes working on each position of the scale, creating licks and phrases, while temporarily limiting your use of other shapes of that scale. After practicing for a while, you can move on to the next shape of the scale. This is not the only way to practice scales for learning how to improvise solos on the guitar. However, it is important to realize that your focus will be different when you are practicing scales to improve your playing and working on other aspects of your musicianship.