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.
The key to accomplishing your goals often starts with a much-needed change of mindset for most people. I've had this conversation with so many students and friends over the years. It always starts with me asking, what type of person are you?
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.
The lead that is performed at the beginning of this video includes all that is taught in this program - a guitar lick, a pattern, an arpeggio, and a melody. By the end of this lesson you will learn how to play this lead and how it was composed of these parts. The backing track is included for you to play along.
One of the main reasons people are drawn to the guitar is the idea of self-actualization. Because the guitar is a means to express oneself, to see measurable personal growth and to find success in an incredibly competitive space, it’s a beacon to the ambitious. Of course, this can lead to a bit of a catch 22 that many serious guitarists have to deal with at some point. This has to do with a little thing we call ego.
Doug Marks knows a thing or two about How to Start a Band. He's been a band mate of Scott Travis (Judas Priest) and Lonnie Vencent (King Kobra, Bullet Boys) and recorded an album featuring Matt Sorum (Guns N' Roses) on drums. He developed these strategies beginning with small local bands.
Sweep Picking for beginners is a guide that will quickly show you the fundamental techniques to play sweeping arpeggios. Master this within a week. This is easy enough for a beginner but still enlightening for experienced players that haven't yet mastered this technique.