Owning a library of instructional books and videos or working with an instructor won't help you much if you aren't making the most of your investment. We would like to offer some ideas on how to use your lessons for maximum benefits.
We all get stuck on a plateau even as we realize the source of the problem: playing the same songs, scales, and exercises. In this article I’m going to offer 12 tips for getting past the plateau. Obviously, keep doing the same thing and progress will grind to a halt. Worse than that, you’re going to become bored and unmotivated. The joy and enthusiasm that you have experienced in the past are gone.
This article explains that a solid process occurs over time through incremental change. Be patient, small daily improvements add up to huge improvements. These principles apply to all projects - from mastering a difficult guitar technique to making blueberry pancakes. Yes, I really said that.
One of the hidden barriers to progress can be thinking we know more than we do. I remember thinking that I “knew” the pentatonic scale and feeling that there was something else that I needed to know if I wanted to play even simple solos and riffs. If I could go back in time and teach myself, I would share the information that I now show to my own students today.
Neoclassical shred guitarist Dan Mumm explains his guitar practice secrets. These tips show that guitar mastery depends on a great practice routine. This in-depth article explains how proper practice technique has contributed to Dan's success.
Identify your strengths. If you choose to be the fastest guitarist on the planet, be prepared for the massive dedication that goal will require. You may find that incredible playing speed isn't necessary to reach your objective.