Category: Harmful Mistakes Guitarists

The beginning of the musical path is always a large number of questions, a lot of mistakes and difficulties, calluses on the fingers and the occasional thought that music lessons are suitable only for some special people.

Every musician has gone this way. Today we will devote our material to point out the main mistakes of novice guitarists. Try to carefully study our list and avoid these mistakes – thanks to this you will save a lot of time, money, physical strength and will be able to avoid emotional stress and health problems.

Incorrect class structure

Immediately, we note that classes must be built individually: it depends on the level of the musician’s abilities, and on his physiological characteristics, characteristics of the instrument, preferred genres and techniques, etc.

What a beginner should pay attention to: classes should not turn into a monotonous process of studying musical theory, mindlessly memorizing notes, scales and playing the same exercises for many hours. The ideal option is to divide each lesson into several blocks, for example, in this way:

  • Warm up
  • Technique exercises
  • Learning songs
  • Improvisation
  • Study of music theory

Do not forget about the obligatory warm-up before the game, do not get hung up on memorizing the theory, but try to understand it and understand it. Play exercises for different techniques, learn music of different genres. Remember to improvise – this is one of the easiest and most effective ways to develop musical thinking.

Trying to play too complex exercises / compositions

 If you have just started to learn the basic chords, fighting and fingering techniques, then there is no point in downloading the tablatures of Steve Vai or Yngwie Malmsteen. Progress in musical prowess should be gradual: start with simple compositions and exercises, avoid overtraining and feeling pain / burning / excessive fatigue in your hands, and don’t try to get too far ahead.

But this mistake also has a downside: do not stumble in one place and always challenge yourself. Gradually learn more and more complex compositions and riffs, do not get hung up on playing what comes too easy for you.

Buying the wrong equipment and guitar

A very common mistake, which, for some reason, is paid too little attention. Let’s tell you how the process of choosing an instrument usually looks like among beginners: a musician takes a couple of inexperienced friends, each of whom has a very inflated opinion of himself, and goes with them to the store.

There, a team of future rock stars chooses an instrument based on its appearance: it needs the most daring, evil and stylish instrument! Just a couple of minutes to plug in your guitar and play two chords, and you’re done!

Naturally, no one consults the seller, is not interested in the characteristics of the guitar and does not study its capabilities in terms of playing with various techniques. Needless to say, a beginner can expect surprises from his new guitar in a few days.

The same happens with the choice of equipment: hence the myths about the sandy sound of the Boss Metal Zone (which 95% of musicians with the gain twisted to the maximum are connected directly to a computer or to a cheap transistor amplifier), spending a huge amount of money on pedalboards in search of “firm” analog sound etc.

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