how to learn the guitar by yourself
NO DAYS OFF.
I’m 19 years old. Lost. Bitter. Angry. A Loner. Holding every fucking feeling I’ve ever felt inside of me. I did NOT know how to communicate. That all changed when I got my 6 string. I felt a better sense of self. A healthier self. A more upbeat and lively mood. It was MEDICINE.
I had seen someone play on stage and I thought It was cool. Basically I was at a party watching my cousin play on stage. So one day, soon after that, my cousin lent me a guitar of his and I went home and played til’ I was blue in the face.
I had no idea what I was doing. Every day since then, minus a few days, I’ve picked up my guitar and have obsessed over it ever since.
It is my magnificent obsession.
The Guitar I Fell in Love With
I then got a black guitar, not too long after that first Fender Squier, that I still have with me to this day.
It’s a Les Paul imitation. Some of the fretboard has worn off and its 18 years old but I still crank it to this day.
I write this because there were many times I did not know what to do and I couldn’t afford guitar lessons. I don’t have anybody in my family that was a musician and I surely didn’t have any musician friends. This is not a complaint. This is just the way it was for me.
I now have lots of experience in learning the guitar since I took both routes. By both routes I mean that I took it upon myself to learn the guitar for many many years, it wasn’t until much later that I started taking actual guitar lessons. The point is that I’ve done both ways and I want to share with you what I know because it only makes sense to share it. I can’t keep what I have if I don’t share.
What to Do: Play Everyday. No Matter What. No Days Off.
As a beginner you want to start getting used to warming up so that you take that habit into the future with you.
Warming up efficiently will cause the blood in your system to start flowing through your fingers giving you more strength and agility.
You dont have to warm up for a long time. Warm up until you feel warm enough to do your best work.
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You should know some open string chords and some power chords. Theres a reason for this. Stick to the plan at hand.HOW TO LEARN GUITAR BY YOURSELF PART 2
If you are an INTERMEDIATE player
You can start focusing on chord changing speed. The best way to practice this is to have accountability. The cheapest, most effective way to do this is to use a metronome or a free drumbeat app. You can also use drum loops or drum videos on Youtube.
The important thing is to make sure you use this HIGHLY UNDERRATED TOOL. Its a musicians best friend.
Another element you should be working on is scales. Start with single string major and minor scales.
Advanced Guitar Players
For advanced players you can simply take the next step in any area you want to work on. Think HARD about what area of your playing you want to improve on and be aggressive about it.
You can learn and implement new chord inversions, new scale fingerings and patterns, along with different rhythmic ideas.
You can improve your songwriting or composing as well. Ive noticed that we get better at writing songs by actually writing them and not actual theory.
Sure, theory is excellent but not if you dont practice it.
YOU CAN STUDY AN ENTIRE KEY BY RUNNING THROUGH THE MODES, THE MINOR MODES AND ARPEGGIOS ON ALL STRINGS. DO THIS CONTINUALLY UNTIL YOUVE STUDIED ALL 24 KEYS. THEN START AGAIN.
THE TRICK IS TO STAY INSPIRED.
There are 2 ways to do this. You can leave it alone and let your skills dwindle or you can go out hunting for inspiration just as you did by reading this post.
You can find a teacher, a book or even a dvd or video lesson.
MAYBE EVEN A LIVE SHOW OR CONCERT.
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PART 3 – How to Learn Guitar by Yourself coming soon…
…til then, go and make it happen. Be the best you can be. Rip through those riffs, solos and songs by “acting as if” you were already pro.
Go all in.
Hit your bed exhausted.