Playing guitar involves seasons of momentum where you really feel like you’re improving.
In those moments, guitar playing tips don’t seem necessary.
Then suddenly, you experience long, drawn out plateaus where it seems like you’re playing the same things over and over again.
I always hated those stretches.
They lasted so much longer.
Tony Rombola of Godsmack (on the banner image) knows it. That dude is a pro and there’s no doubt he’s put in the tough hours.
You can do it too.
Not Tony Rombola, but close. | Flickr Commons Image via mzagerp
For getting through those hours and boring musical periods I’ve compiled 50 guitar playing tips for beginners that have helped me through the ruts.
There are technical adjustments, conceptual ideas, gear ideas and a lot of other resources that can help you improve.
While they won’t all work for everyone, a lot of them will be helpful to most players at the beginner and intermediate skill levels.
Try some and see what works for you.
Using this article
Don’t try to apply each item.
Instead, see what jumps out at you as something that you could do now.
Focus on that item and don’t worry about the 49 others things. Going one item at a time is fine.
You don’t even need to worry about skimming the entire list.
It’ll always be here, so take your time and find something you can put into practice and stick with.
Come back to the list when you’re ready to move on.
Because any one thing that can get you advancing, away from stagnant playing, is worthy of your full attention.
Good luck out there.
1. Learn a new tuning
Standard tuning is the norm and you should work with it most of the time.
However there are a a lot of other tunings that are worth a look.
For example, take a look at all the options you have when you open up a new project in Guitar Pro:
Tunings available in Guitar Pro 7. (View Larger Image)
And that's just what would fit in the window of the screenshot. There are actually a bunch more if you scroll down.
Any one of these tunings on their own can help you improve, which means taking time to study one is a better plan than trying to incorporate a bunch at one time. Here are a few more popular options and resources for studying them.
And this just scratches the surface of what you can potentially get into with alternate tunings. The more you dig into it, the more you'll find that most professional guitarists use some form of alternate tuning that suits their style.
Mike Mushok of Staind, Korn's guitar players and Adam Jones of Tool are three good examples from the rock and metal spaces.
- A Primer in Tool's use of the drop B tuning
- Disturbed's Dan Donegan discusses alternate tunings
- Examining the Mike Mushok Playbook
One of Mike Mushok's bizarre tunings on "This Is It." (View Larger Image)
Open D is one of my personal favorites.
Take them on one at a time, then stick to a couple that you’ve found useful and enjoyable.
Fender's tuning app with a bunch of different alternate tunings to pick from. (View Larger Image)
If you want a good online guitar tuner, Fender has a web app with a bunch of different tunings that you can do for the following instruments.
- Electric Guitar
- Acoustic Guitar
You can check it out here if your tuner doesn't make alternate tunings easy to pin down.
2. Cover a song you like
Playing along with your MP3 player can improve your timing and be a lot of fun.
The way I've always set it up is with a Line 6 Spider IV modeling amp (it has an MP3 input in the back) and a set of studio headphones for isolating all the chaos.
Alternatively, you can use a USB audio interface and run your signal through a computer to use amp modeling software. Here's a diagram of how I run my guitar through my Mac Mini with an iRig Pro DUO audio interface.
Diagram of how I run a guitar through a USB interface to use with Garageband. (View Larger Image)
Once I've got the interface and software working together, I can play a song on the Mac through iTunes, YouTube or whatever and jam along to it either through headphones or through the monitors.
Here's a quick list of all the gear I use for this setup:
This is also a helpful setup for recording music and making YouTube covers. Here are a couple I've done with this configuration.
3. Employ some effects
A delay pedal can completely transform the way you play. And while certain effects are still dependent (heavy distortion, wah, etc.) most of the conventional effects can be broken down into four categories, all of which are universally applicable.
- Ambient effects (delay, reverb, echo)
- Modulation (chorus, phaser, flanger)
- High gain (distortion, overdrive, signal boost)
- Filer (wah, octavers, pitch shifters, envelope filters)
If you need some direction, here are a few resources we've put together concerning effects buying, setup and typical use.
- Pedalboard Setup Ideas #2: A roundup of interesting and well-designed pedalboards from the guitar playing community at large.
- 5 Modern-Voiced Distortion Pedals: My review of five distortion pedals with a heavy EQ, high gain levels and smooth finish.
- Pedalboard Planner Guide and Virtual Web App: An article and interactive app designed to help you plan a pedalboard and make the most of your available space.
- Building (and stocking) a Minimalist Pedalboard for $450: A detailed record of how I downsized my pedalboard for simpler use and easier transportation.
For buying help, here are a few roundups I've done that provide reviews and highlights of my favorite pedals, filtered by effect category.
- Delay Pedal Roundup
- Acoustic Guitar Pedal Roundup
- Tremolo Pedal Roundup
- Phaser Pedal Roundup
- Reverb Pedals with MIDI Roundup
- Chorus Pedal Roundup
- Wah Pedal Roundup
- Power Supply Roundup
All of these articles go into detail about the pros, cons and overall value of various pedals within the given effect category. For additional help with setup, here are a few visual resources I'd refer you to.
Ordering Your Signal Chain without an Effects Loop
Ordering Your Signal Chain WITH an Effects Loop
Here are couple of pedalboard examples I pulled off our first pedalboard roundup article, featuring the boards and pedal arrangements from photos of folks in the guitar playing community we've picked up via Twitter.
First idea from the pedalboard roundup. (View Larger Image)
Second idea from the pedalboard roundup. (View Larger Image)
And for those interested in a pedalboard, here's a handy sizing chart from Pedaltrain, which is the single most popular pedalboard brand currently available.
Chart for Pedaltrain pedalboard sizes. (View Larger Image)
If you have the cash, spring for an effect or perhaps a full-blown pedalboard that interests you.
Most music gear websites let you listen to them for free before you buy.
Alternatively, YouTube has reviewed, demo'd and highlighted nearly every pedal available.
I've been a member of Guitar Tricks for over five years now and have consistently used them, both as a resource for developing content on this site and to advance my own personal playing and skills as a musician.
As far as online guitar lessons go, they're the single largest and most effective site available.
They’re also constantly adding new content for their members.
Here are a few relevant stats about the site:
- Monthly price: $19.95
- Yearly price: $179
- Free trial: Yes, 14 days
- Lessons: 11,000+
- Refund Period: Yes, 60 days guaranteed
- Song tutorials: 600+
The most typical "arrangement" of material breaks all the content up into four categories: Beginner, experienced, songs and styles, all of which you can see in the screenshot below.
The Guitar Tricks full membership dashboard. (View Larger Image)
If you go into the beginner's section, you'll see the courses broken up into easy-to-follow sections.
The courses in the beginner section of Guitar Tricks (View Larger Image)
Alternatively, you can sort by songs, styles or technique and jump around to different topics as you see fit.
They offer a 14-day free trial, which is a great way to get some new material in your system even if you don’t keep the membership.
If you want more info, checkout our lengthy Guitar Tricks Review and screenshot index.
It covers everything.
5. Play with a capo
A capo clamps onto a guitar's neck and lets you play open chords anywhere on the fretboard.
It can be useful for changing keys and playing songs at a spot that is more vocally comfortable.
It’s a must for singers and songwriters.
Here are a few popular capos I'd recommend to potential buyers:
Keep in mind, these can be helpful for both electric and acoustic guitar, regardless of musical style.
Here's a quick refresher and guitar lesson on how to use a capo properly.
- JustinGuitar's capo video lesson and tutorial
- How to Use a Capo for Beginners (with Jam Track and tab/sheet music help)
Basically, using a capo changes the key you're playing in. For example, if you put a capo on the third fret, you would still play an Am chord the same way.
Here's a chart to figure out the actual key you're playing in based on the location of your capo.
6. Buy a drum machine or find a free one online
A drum machine can be a huge help. They help you write music, build rhythm riffs or they can simply serve as a high-functioning (and vastly more interesting to listen to) metronome.
They can also be had in the app form, often for free.
For iPad, even the ones that aren't free are generally quite cheap, like the Akai iMPC which is $2.99.
The AKAI iMPC drum machine app on the iPad. (View Larger Image)
There are plenty of additional drum machine options for both the iPad and the iPhone.
You could also pay $5 for for a mobile version of Garageband. All Mac computers ship with Garageband included free of charge, which has a really sophistacted drum machine and sampling system built in.
You can also check out this drum machine website for free.
Buying a Physical Drum Machine
If you prefer an actual drum machine, not tied to any other device or in the app form, you can easily pick them from any major music retailer.
However, keep in mind they're typically much more expensive and better-suited for experienced musicians or those with some recording studio familiarity.
Here are a few options:
- Akai MPD218 with Software Download
- Akai MPKII Mini Keyboard with MIDI Drum Pads
- Korg Volca Beats Analog Rhythm Machine
If you're not sure about the bigger investment, start with one of the free apps and see how much use you get out of it.
Should the drum machine become a crucial part of your practice and/or songwriting process, investing on one of the real ones (the non-app options) might be a valuable move.
7. Find some unique guitar finger exercises that improve your hand strength and dexterity
Forcing yourself to endure a few hours of mundane guitar exercises can significantly stretch your capabilities and finger dexterity.
Here are a few I'd recommend getting started on:
Minor pentatonic scale with root at the sixth fret. (View Larger Image)
Alternating finger exercise starting at the third fret. (View Larger Image)
Chromatic ascent from the first fret. (View Larger Image)
Triplet ascent starting at the third fret. (View Larger Image)
Guitar exercises aren't particularly exciting to play, but they do help you in the long run and will make it easier to play the things that you do find interesting.
Here are a few additional resources for various types of fretboard exercises:
- 55 Guitar Finger Exercises
- Moonlight Sonata Guitar Tab and Lesson
- Triads and Inversions for Guitar Players
- Mastering Electric Guitar Fills
To be fair, anything can be a "guitar exercise" if it accomplishes one or more of the following tasks:
- Increases dexterity (motor skills or muscle memory in your fingers)
- Improved stretching between fingers
- Overall hand strength and endurance
- Increased finger speed
- Improved right hand picking speed and technique
Depending on how you word it, there are a lot of different ways to describe finger exercises and how they can benefit you.
Even the simplest tabs and note arrangements on the guitar can be an exercise, so make sure you take time to hone in on some of these more nuanced and simplistic movements.
A good way to find areas of your playing that need "exercised" is to go through a guitar solo and look for problem areas.
What I mean by "problem areas" is certain movements or situations that might be causing you to miss a note or mess up. Here's an article I wrote for Guitar World that focuses on targeting problem areas in your solos. Once you find those areas, you can build your own exercises accordingly to fix those areas.
8. Pick out a favorite string brand and gauge and stick with it
If you look at professional rigs, they almost always have their string brand and gauge listed, as if it's a completely normalized part of their rig.
Take Slash's 2011 rig, for example:
They're a little difficult to see in the graphic, but it's clear enough that Slash's strings of choice are as "established" as his amplifiers. For the record, he's using Ernie Ball Power Slinky sets, sized 11 -48.
Same goes for Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top.
Billy Gibbons guitar rig with preferred strings list. (View Larger Image)
While you can always switch strings to find something that better suits, once you do find a set you're comfortable with, make it a permanent part of your setup.
For example, I always use a medium to heavy Elixir strings, usually around a .052 gauge on the low E.
Here are a few other options I'd recommend:
- Elixir Acoustic Strings (NANOWEB or POLYWEB coating)
- Ernie Ball Regular Slinky (Electric)
- Ernie Ball Earthwood (acoustic)
- Ernie Ball Cobalt Power Slinky (electric)
- D'Addario EXP15 Coated Strings (acoustic)
Choose a string brand and gauge you like and stick with it.
Getting used to a particular string's sound and feel will help you "break in" your playing style a little more and will give you some consistency that wouldn't be there if you weren't really settled on a set of strings.
Lots to choose from. | Flickr Commons Image via e.r.w.i.n.
If you get used to one type of string and string size, that’s a good thing and it’ll help the consistency of your playing.
The gauge is up to you, though I prefer a thicker string at .52 on the low E.
Here are some other typical string gauges.
Typically string gauges. | Image via eHomeRecordingStudio.com
Traditionally, heavier strings are better for rock, metal and rhythm players specifically, while light strings are better for blues, pop, jazz and any situation where you'll be playing a lot of lead guitar.
Lead guitarists in the rock and metal styles will often get sets of strings that have a light top and heavy bottom.
Know your options and establish your preference. There's plenty to pick from.
9. Make sure you have a decent amplifier
Toting around a little 15 watt the size of a shoe box isn’t going to get it done.
If you’re serious about playing electric guitar, ditch the shoe box and invest in something more powerful and professional-sounding.
Our best tube amp roundup might yield a good fit.
Here are a few other amp-buying resources:
- Our Best Solid State Amp Roundup
- Practice Amps with a Tube Circuit
- Cheap Metal-Friendly Amps that Sound Fantastic
- Marshall Amps Ideal for Hard Rock and Metal (yet affordable)
- The Tube Amp Roundup
The primary decision you'll have to make when choosing an amp is whether to go with a solid state or tube amplifier.
Tube amps use a vacuum tube circuit and are considered to be the more authentic of the two amplification options. However, tube amps are more expensive and hard to get in a smaller, portable form.
Wes Borland's solid state Roland in the "My Way" music video. (View Larger Image)
Moreover, solid state amps have become more popular and well-designed over the last couple of years, particularly among so much digital amp modeling and effects processing.
If you want an amp that can handle the digital side of things, a solid state combo might be the best way to go.
For example, the Fender Mustange series has a massive amount of built-in effects and Fender amp models.
Effects and amp models in the Fender Mustang. (View Larger Image)
At the same time, if you value the authenticity of the tube circuit and prefer a more warm, bluesy-sounding tone, it's hard to get away from tube-driven circuits.
Bullet for My Valentine is on the solid state train as well. (View Larger Image)
Other than price are there disadvantages to the tube amp?
If money is no object, it's hard to find much wrong with the nicer tube amps, even if the "vintage" vibe doesn't appeal to you.
Modern rock and metal professionals are almost exclusively on board with tube amplifiers, often going with options from Marshall and Mesa Boogie. Here are just a few off the top of my head:
- Adam Jones of Tool
- Billy Joe Armstrong of Greenday
- Tom Morello (RATM and Audioslave)
- Billy Howerdel
- Mike Mushok of Staind
All this to say, even the stylistic differences between tube and solid state amps is not enough to drive the heavier players away from tube circuits. They just sound better in most scenarios.
The one caveat is that you do have to replace tubes, as they tend to wear out over time.
It can also be difficult to tell which tube is going bad and when it might need replaced.
However, the price isn't terrible.
For example, a Fender 12AX7 Groove tube is about $22.
Fender 12AX7 Groove Tube. (View Larger Image)
10. Check out Guitar.com and Premier Guitar Rig Rundowns for rig ideas
Anyone remember guitargeek.com?
Guitar.com actually bought that website and now serves their rig diagrams at the following URL: guitar.com/rigs.
I'm not sure if they're still adding to it, but the content is all the same and still extremely valuable for analyzing professional rigs, particularly of the past that are no longer active.
What used to be Guitar Geek is now owned by guitar.com. (View Larger Image)
For example, Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain and Stevie Ray Vaughan rigs are both available and well-documented.
Here's a look at all three:
Jimi Hendrix Rig Diagram (Woodstock 1969)
Kurt Cobain Rig Diagram (1993)
Stevie Ray Vaughan Rig Diagram (1985)
Premier Guitar Rig Rundowns: The More Modern Up-to-Date Catalog
Like I said, I don't believe that guitar.com is actively updating their rig database with new years or artists.
If you want some more modern ideas of what people are using, the Premier Guitar Rig Rundowns are some of the absolute best when it comes to archiving and recording these setups.
First, they all have a video format in addition to articles and photos. Here's their main YouTube channel.
Here's a link to the rig rundown topic on the PG website. Rig Rundown Archives
Premier Guitar's Rig Rundown page. (View Larger Image)
In any given post, every detail of the rig in question is covered, either by the artist themselves or their guitar tech.
Take Jonny Lang's rig rundown, for example.
First, note that it's a very up-to-date source of information, published June 14th, 2017 (at the time of writing this it was June 25th).
Here are a few photos from the video:
Jonny Lang walking John Bolinger through his set. (View Larger Image)
Settings Lang uses on one of his Fender Deluxe Reverb combos. (View Larger Image)
Lang's pedals and switching board. (View Larger Image)
This level of depth and information is part for the PG Rig Rundown series.
The Perfect Circle episode spans nearly 57 minutes and covers both James Iha and Billy Howerdel, along with bass player Matt McJunkins.
Matt McJunkins and the Perfect Circle Rig Rundown with Premier Guitar's Chris Kies. (View Larger Image)
All of this content, between both sites, is fantastic for both rig ideas, informational research and inspiration for your own setup.
I regularly browse both these sites and always come away with interesting ideas about my own rig and how I might want to tweak it.
11. Learn a few Tool songs
Tool might be an acquired taste, but learning to play their music will expand your capabilities on the guitar. Adam Jones, who has been with Tool from the beginning, is a distinctly rhythmic and well-timed guitarist who has no trouble following the complex time signatures of drummer Danny Carey.
Learning their music will challenge your rhythm work and will almost certainly improve it, even if you're not able to play entire pieces.
To get you started, here are a few of their easier tab segments:
Right in Two
Almost all of Tool's songs are played in drop D with a heavy distorted tone. "Right in Two" makes an exception for the distortion, though only for about the first half of the tune.
If you're going to cover Tool's music, it'll help to get the amp settings down first, since the heavier tone is such a big part of what makes those riffs work in the first place. We've covered a lot about Adam Jones' amp settings, though here are the graphics.
While Adam has been known to switch up his amps and effects quite a bit, he's routinely been seen using these settings on a Diezel VH4 amplifier head:
Obviously learning the music is a far more difficult task than getting the right tone. However, once you do start learning some of the riffs, you'll want to take the time and get the distortion right as well.
14. Study up on Korn’s guitar playing
If you don’t like Korn, no worries.
I’m a casual fan and I know it’s not for everyone.
James Shaffer of Korn getting his groove on. | Flickr Commons Image via Alex DiVincenzo
However, if you are into rock or heavy metal, take a page out of their book.
Sure, they’re heavy, but they’ve also got groove and soul at the same time. You don’t often find a metal band that can pull off that kind of blend.
Korn's 7-String Guitars and Tunings
The difficult thing about even covering Korn songs is due to the fact that both James Schaffer and Brian Welch have always played 7-string guitars in a really low tuning, usually drop A or something of that nature.
While there are many variations, the most typical tuning is the following:
A, D, G, C, F, A, D
This is low to high from left to right, meaning the low seventh string gets dropped to A (one whole step) where it's usually tuned to B.
Basically, it's a standard 7-string tuning, dropped down one whole step.
For those of you who want to dig into their music (or at least their guitar playing style), there are a few ways to avoid having to buy a seven-string guitar.
The most common option is to buy a set of baritone strings for your six string. This is what I did in the above video where I covered "Thoughtless" by Korn. That PRS is just a regular PRS guitar (the old Santana SE model) but with Ernie Ball baritone strings in the drop A tuning.
If you want to go that route, here are a few baritone string options:
- Elixir Baritone Electric Guitar Strings (.011 - .068)
- Ernie Ball Baritone Strings Nickel Wound Set (.013 - .072)
- D'Addario Baritone Nickel Wound (.013 - .062)
This is an extremely cheap and affordable way to get that low-end heaviness that Korn is known for.
What are some characteristics of Korn's guitar style?
For most of Korn's existence, with the acceptance of Welch's several year hiatus from the band, they've used their two guitarists as a rhythm and lead compliment.
In most situations Shaffer handled the rhythm guitar work while Welch handled lead fills and melody.
A live shot of Korn's Brian Welch and his Ibanez 7-string guitar. | Flickr Commons Image via Ashley Adcox
Combined, they've typically utilized the following techniques:
- Heavy power chords and progressions
- Melodies drawn from minor scale arrangements
- Bass line layering
- Chord progression layering
- Simple rhythms with heavy syncopation
Guitar Tricks has a couple of lessons that focus on covering Korn songs that go into a lot of the more nuanced aspects of this playing style. You can check those out here:
- Korn "Falling Away from Me" Full Song Tutorial
- Korn "Got the Life" Full Song Tutorial
- Korn "Word Up" Full Song Tutorial
Instructors Douglas Showalter and Lee Wanner take you through all the details and techniques involved with these three Korn songs, giving you a complete tutorial and rundown of each one.
If you want to get started on Korn's playing style, this is a great way to do so as it'll get you playing cover songs right away.
15. Plug an acoustic guitar up to an amp and try some effects
Setting up effects with your acoustic guitar is an under-valued practice. Because just like an electric guitar, an acoustic plugged in sends an electric signal that can be manipulated and ultimately benefited by the use of effects.
While there are some more nuanced issues to deal with (feedback, volume, etc) an amplified acoustic with a few pedals can open a lot of new inspirational sounds.
Here are a few resources on initial setup concerns and what pedals to use:
- Acoustic Guitar Modulation and Ambience Pedals
- Acoustic Guitar Preamps and Pedals
- Seymour Duncan Article on Setting up an Acoustic Guitar with Effects
In addition to choosing pedals and acoustic-friendly gear, there are a few other questions that you should consider.
Does my acoustic guitar have a built-in preamp?
If it does, this solves a number of problems.
- It saves you from needing a volume pedal
- It gives you some initial guitar-level EQ options
- It saves you from having to purchase a soundhole pickup
Without a preamp installed in your acoustic, you'll have no volume or EQ control and you'll have to add a soundhole pickup.
Now, this doesn't mean you won't be able to use effects but, it does mean you'll have to spend more money. I would strongly advise started this process with an "acoustic-electric" guitar that has a preamp built in.
If you have to go the non-preamp route, here are a couple soundhole pickups I can recommend:
- Fishman NEO Passive Acoustic Soundhole Pickup
- Seymour Duncan Woody Hum-Cancelling Soundhole Pickup
For volume and EQ control, I'd recommend the following two pedals:
16. Try some advanced scales and modes
Don’t go overboard with this one.
I think for most people (at least for me) the default for a guitar rut is, “Well, I’ll just learn more chords and scales.”
While this is fine, you want to make sure that you’re selective about what scales you learn and that they serve a purpose, especially if you’ve established your own musical niche.
In the past, I’ve used the Tascam USB audio interface to record guitar on my computer and it works great.
The PreSonus Audibox USB interface is what I’m currently using.
You can download and use Audacity for free to record the stream on your computer’s sound card.
18. Practice hearing chords and identifying them
See if you can pick out chords in songs or have someone else strum a chord, then attempt to identify it.
It takes time to train your ear but the payoff is huge in the long term.
You’ll train your ear and be more familiar with the key you’re playing in as well as the sound of individual chord progressions.
19. Track a Joe Satriani guitar solo
Joe Satriani is one of the best and his solos are incredibly complex.
If you’re feeling brave (and patient) see if you can track some of his solos and learn a few of his songs.
I’d recommend Summer Song to start out on.
Again, discouragement or just wanting to go throw your guitar in the trash is a strong possibility after watching this guy.
20. Setup a YouTube channel and start posting covers or original material
These guys have both made a career out of YouTube covers and original songs. Cobus is a drummer, but equally impressive.
A lot of people try this but few do it with excellence.
If you learn how to play the songs accurately, smoothly and with a level of quality that exceeds others (which shouldn’t be too hard), you’ll quickly find yourself above the YouTube fray.
21. Expand your chord vocabulary
As with scales, be deliberate and learn new chords with the goal of giving yourself a new tool that you'll actually use.
Don’t just open a chord book and pick one.
22. Experiment with different pick sizes
I’ve found that this can actually make a major difference for me depending on what kind of music I’m playing.
Acoustic or rhythm riffs are often better served by a thinner pick. I’ve even used a small piece of paper on occasions when I’ve been recording with an acoustic guitar.
See what suits you and get a few different sizes to keep around that you can switch out as needed.
23. Start your own riff library
Guitarists come up with riffs all the time.
Keep doing that and record the good ones, preferably keeping an audio version and a tab sheet of the piece.
Guitar Pro 6 is a great piece of software that easily lets you track and save guitar tabs or sheet music.
Once you’ve established a healthy collection you can either refer to them yourself for songwriting or you can try and sell them to recording studios or other songwriters if you have connections.
24. If you have enough experience start giving lessons
It should be stressed:
Don’t go after this unless you’re confident and you have enough experience to teach.
It should also be noted that teaching guitar is a different intellectual muscle than simply playing guitar.
If you like to see people succeed and like to communicate one on one, this might be a good way for you to benefit from both, financially.
Further, the teacher is always learning as well as the student.
Again, this depends on where you’re at as a player.
25. Learn some music theory, not just guitar
If I could tell one thing to aspiring players, it would be this:
Don’t focus on just your guitar. Focus on music as a whole.
You’re only one piece of the puzzle and if your goal is to make music and not to be an attention-getter, you’ll be a rare breed of guitar player.
These guitar playing tips for beginners do help.
They have all helped me at one point or another over the years, so I’m not just pulling stuff out of thin air.
Everything here I’ve had experience with and have found useful for getting better at guitar and improving my overall musical abilities.
I sincerely believe you will as well.
Keep playing and check back often for new lessons and articles.
What resources, methods and ideas have made you a better player?
Is your experience different or do you think I’m wrong?
Chances are I could learn just as much from you as you can from me.