Why Most Self-Taught Guitarists Do Not Become Excellent - Part 1Why Most Self-Taught Guitarists Do Not Become Excellent - Part 1

Learning guitar by yourself makes it hard to know if you’re using good practice habits or not. When you don’t have them, making progress becomes very difficult and slow.

It’s common for guitarists who learn on their own to form bad habits that hold their playing back. The following are some habits that you need to form to avoid falling into the same trap:

Good Habit #1: Asking The Correct Questions That Help You Improve Faster

Self-taught guitar players generally ask the wrong questions about how to improve their playing. This takes them down the wrong road and holds them back from getting fast results. Guitar players who improve fast ask high quality questions that help them achieve their musical goals in the most effective way possible.

Good Habit #2: Don’t Make Things Harder Than They Need To Be

Self-taught guitar players often learn or form bad habits that are ineffective and frustrating. Since they learn on their own, these bad habits solidify over time. Doing this holds you back from becoming a better player and forces you to correct your technique from the ground up if you want to make progress. Common examples include: using incorrect/inefficient fretting, exclusively using alternate picking, not muting string noise effectively, and much more. When you make things easier on yourself by learning correct playing habits you save tons of practice time and get better faster.

Good Habit #3: Focusing The Correct Things At The Correct Time

Tons of guitar players fall into the bad habit of playing through the same lick over and over when they can’t play it right. They think that eventually it will become easy and their mistakes will correct themselves. They end up wasting a lot of practice time without getting much results. It is much more effective to isolate the notes that are giving you problems. It’s not necessary to repeat everything when some parts are already mastered. When you focus only on the things that are giving you problems, you quickly identify the key mistakes that must be worked on. This saves you time during your guitar practice and helps you get better a lot faster.

by Tom Hess
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Tom Hess is a professional recording artist, composer, and guitar teacher. Through his guitar lessons website, he has helped guitar players make progress. Become a killer guitarist fast by studying this guitar practice resource.
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