They say we learn from our mistakes. But can we learn from others’ mistakes, too? We sure as hell can! That’s why our topic for the day is, “Top 6 Mistakes Guitar Beginners Should Avoid”. Your job is to avoid doing these mistakes.
We’re not saying that making mistakes is a mistake, per se. It’s completely okay to make mistakes, especially if you are a beginner, because who doesn’t? We are all humans. And humans make mistakes. If, by any chance, you learn that you have been doing any of the mistakes that will be listed shortly, then you know what you have to do. Stop doing it.
Mistake #1: not caring whether your guitar is tuned or not before playing.
This mistake is fatal (not really)! I mean, what’s worse than a badly sounding guitar? A non-tuned guitar. It is extremely essential that you tune your guitar before each and every playing session. It is said that guitar players, generally, enjoy their playing sessions more when their guitars are properly tuned, as obvious as that might sound. So make sure you tune your guitar before playing.
MIStake #2: avoiding what is hard for you to learn.
Like seriously, how do you expect yourself to learn, when you are running away from every thing that seems daunting to you? When you were in 5th grade, you’ve probably looked at some Algebra problems and thought, “This looks too hard! I don’t think I will ever be able to learn this kind of stuff.” And when you finish high-school and look at an Algebra problem, you would probably think, “Damn, this thing is so easy!”
Everything new to our eyes will look hard and complex. But after we get a good idea about them and practice, they will become as easy as pie. Do not run away from them. They’re not going to eat you, really. Practice makes perfect!
This is way, way too common. There are cases where the guitar players gets impatient just after 1 week of playing! Like, hold on there. One year is probably not enough to learn the guitar, more or less one week! If you give up quickly after picking up the instrument, then you probably don’t have a strong desire to learn playing it. Learning how to play the guitar is process that requires time, commitment, and, most importantly, patience.
Mistake #4: not playing on the tips of your fingers.
So your playing sounds muted? Well, have you taken a look at your form while pressing the frets? No? Then I suggest that you do. You would see that your own fingers are laying on the other strings, thus, muting them. Mystery solved! Seriously though, PLAY ON THE TIPS OF YOUR FINGERS!
MISTAKE#5: No metronome.
Without a metronome, your timing will be messed up. Period. Yes, it is annoying to constantly hear this clicking sound. But it’s better than having a poor timing. It makes the music just… not music. Music is about timing. So invest in getting a metronome, or just download a metronome app on your mobile or device. There are plenty of them out there for free.
mistake#6: Not setting goals.
Let’s say you don’t set goals. How and in what order do you progress? What is it that you want to reach?
Some people ignore this step, but it is extremely important. Setting goals will give a clear understanding of where you are in your journey. No goals = no aim = no results.
Again, if you happen to be making one of these, it’s the time for you to learn from them and stop committing them.
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