How to Learn the Guitar By Yourself Part 3
Alright I originally was going to write a motivational series but I got a better idea. I’ll still motivate you but this idea is much better.
Were going to get to the meat and potatoes right away so lets get started:
In the last 2 parts I talked about…
- No Days Off.
Pick up the guitar as often as possible and shoot for everyday. This way you’ll pick it up more often than if you shoot for 3 or 4 days out of the week. At the beginning its much harder so try and do 7 days.
I gave you a warmup, some power chords in E Harmonic minor and the E Harmonic minor scale on 3 strings.
If you haven’t gotten a grasp of that yet make sure to go back to it.
Jam with Friends and Fall in Love with Your Instrument
Play only what you love.
So after my black guitar days I played the thing in a band of four friends in a house in the living room and in the shed. The band never made it anywhere. We never even played a live show but we had the best time.
“Those were the best days of my life.”
But Life gets better than that.
We would go smoke pot then we would listen to our metal bands on the radio while cruising down the street, bond a little bit and go into to the jam room lit as fuck.
I don’t do that stuff anymore its just part of my story.
It was just the most incredible feeling when everyone was in sync with each other.
It was the greatest thing ever.
I joined a few bands later that didn’t work out for me but we’re great bands and I really wish they were still making music today.
All of this happened after high school though. I never picked up a guitar until after high school. I never even listened to music before I went to high school.
Can you believe that?
Its very true.
The Greatest Thing I’ve Ever Known
Once I started to, I really didn’t know what to listen to. Then one day some video came on the TV on MTV videos right, and I was like, “what is that!?”
So I looked further into and I basically just pretended that I could sing for about two years in my sophomore year in high school to this band called Pearl Jam who I don’t listen to anymore.
I didn’t have a teacher. I thought about going to school but I didn’t like classical music.
I didn’t like jazz music.
I like the loud rock guitars, down tuned guitars and upbeat tempos.
It’s the greatest thing I’ve ever known. I was able to express what I was feeling. I expressed my anger and I had lots of it.
So anyway, I went to my room and basically didn’t know what a chord was. All I knew was that I had something inside me that was able to produce some kind of rude noise from the guitar. I was fucking in love.
I played til I couldn’t stand up anymore. Then in the morning I would take my lyric sheets to work and memorize them.
I can see myself at that bank back in 2003 behind the teller line when no one was in line.
I was spitting out my lyrics. Learning rhythm. Keeping time to the beat of the song.
You need drums to do this. You can use a metronome though.
Check out toontrack.com for midi drums. I just bought bad ass midi drums today and had a metal session from heaven earlier today.
You gotta love. Gotta fall in love.
What to Do:
Jam with friends, or Join a band.
Make videos for Youtube, Instagram or Facebook if you dont have anyone to jam with. In other words, start making friends online. Join a Facebook group.
Jamming with others can be 2 things. It can be awkward or it can be the best thing you’ve ever done. Its awkward only when there is no chemistry. But if there is its wonderful.
If you encounter this situation dont worry about it just keep searching, move on and find someone else. Don’t dwell on it. The whole point here is to have fun. Do your best and the rest will come.
What else to do:
Fall in Love. Play things you like, dont worry about things you dont like. Get a kick out of everything you practice and dont worry about the multitude of songs, or any other things that are out there.
Do what you love to do. Fall in love with it. And if you want to learn more take some lessons.
Here are some ideas:
Which is your favorite?
Take your favorite topics and have fun with them. If you’re just starting out, all the other things will come into play at a later date. For now, simply have fun.
Have fun, have fun, have fun.
Turn up your guitar or play your acoustic loud and proud like you mean it.
When you play things you love, you tend to get more inspired. And when you’re more inspired you tend to be open and receptive to other things you should consider that are more tedious.
If you’re going to improve that is.
When I started to focus on things I loved to do on the guitar, my inspiration and motivation level went way up.
When you think, “I gotta do this and I should practice those arpeggios, “ you are coming from a state of work.
It feels like work and thats not the point.
Like I said before you’ll be more open to the harder aspects of learning this instrument if you focus on having fun.
Pick up your guitar and play those songs you absolutely adore, those licks you cant get enough of and those personal riffs that made you pick up the guitar in the first place.
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