With the invention of the internet and video sharing sites like YouTube, a whole new education forum has evolved, making it much faster and easier to learn specific skills – like playing guitar. Everything is now just a click away, and you have the ability to view content over and over again, until you can do it.
However, with all of the many benefits to learning how to play an instrument online, there are a few disadvantages that I keep seeing over and over again. The following video is a brief discussion on that topic and three tips for how you can grow in your learning using “old school” techniques that I used when learning (and continue to do so).
Practice Tip 1 – Play a lead on top of a recording.
Put on one of your favorite songs, or albums and play a lead along with the album. This is great practice for you because it forces you to figure out what key the song is in and you end up with and endless supply of jam tracks (every song becomes a jam track)
Practice Tip 2 – Play a complimentary part with a recording.
This is taking “Practice Tip 1” to the next level and instead of just playing a constant lead (or solo), you now are going to come up with an interesting guitar part that fits with the recording. So you’ll be fitting in, just like a session player would. Trying to compliment the other instruments, the vocal, etc.
Practice Tip 3 – Copy other guitar licks.
In music, copying isn’t necessarily a bad thing to do… we all do it. There are only 12 notes in music and yet a million ways to arrange those notes. When you hear a guitar lick or solo that you like, try to figure out what the artist is doing. These days there is software that allows you to slow down recordings (while maintaining pitch), and by trying to emulate what other guitar players are doing, you’ll be taking your learning to a whole new level. You’ll notice repetition, and will gain confidence when you can figure out some of your favorite guitar player’s licks.
I’d love to know other practice tips that you may have discovered. Feel free to comment on this post and share your experiences!