8 Ideas For Improving Your Guitar Playing Skills

What are 8 ideas for improving your guitar playing skills? We’ll get to those…

First things first… Learning music is both interesting and difficult, as you have to understand the theory first and then put it to use. A lot of people quit in the initial stages of learning to play guitar because they are unable to cope with the difficulties that arise. Seeing a professional musician play guitar at a particular concert is different than you– yourself–picking up the guitar and playing it.

Beginners always struggle to get things right while playing a chord for the first time or transcribing a solo, but with the passage of time, they start getting the results they want if they practice their instruments consistently.

If you are someone who is extremely interested in jazz music and want to play guitar, you could take lessons provided by Jazz Guitar School. Music teachers can especially help you when it comes to enhancing your guitar playing skills.

If you want to master your guitar playing skills, then consider the following tips…

Join A Music School

The first and most important thing? Join a well-known music school wherein accomplished and experienced teachers can help you sharpen and develop your skills. You have to be in a proper environment to learn music– otherwise, things won’t work in your favor. Most of the time, you **think** that you can check out difficult things over the internet, but online tutorials can never give you the kind of guidance you get from a teacher, who has already taught beginners like you!

Try To Clear The Basic Concepts

You have to “clear the concept” about each and everything involved in playing guitar. Music is a lot like math– you have to go step by step, understanding each step as you go along, in order to accomplish your end goal. If your teacher has spoken about something that is beyond your understanding then you should stop your teacher right away and ask him or her to clarify.

Beginners Should Have An Inquisitive Mind

As a beginner who is just trying to understand the basic concepts of music, you have to have a positive attitude about learning new things and implementing them. If you are learning something about guitar playing, you should want to implement that during your practice sessions. 

Practice Your Instrument At Least An Hour Each Day

If you do not practice your instrument daily, you cannot learn it quickly. There has to be a strong desire in you to practice your instrument regularly. You have to play it frequently to get used to it and to obtain some really good results.

Jazz Improvisation Is Very Important

Every enthusiastic jazz musician has to deal with the process of improvisation, in order to sharpen his/her skills. However, different people adopt different techniques when it comes to succeeding in their guitar playing. For some, the techniques chosen by them work well, but there are also those who completely fail in improving their skills. Improvisation helps enhance your ears when it comes to understanding the sound produced by the guitar. In addition to that, if you take the process of improvisation seriously, it ends up making you a lot more creative.

Try To Improve Your Music Vocabulary

Improvisation becomes quite simple if you start enhancing your music vocabulary. You must concentrate on melodic as well as harmonic patterns if you really want to grow in this area.

Use The Vocabulary While Practicing

Once you think that your music vocabulary has improved you can then start implementing it slowly and gradually during your practice sessions. The more you know and understand, the better player you’ll be.

Get Technical

Now when it comes to getting technical at something, it means using the most technical aspects of a thing in question and making it work for you. For example, as a guitar player, you should try to learn the minor pentatonic pattern, and then play the scale accordingly. Next, you need to get better on the scale when it comes to ascending fourths. Once you learn this “Left-Up-Right-Up” pattern you should start implementing it immediately.

Apart from improvising on the scale in ascending fourths, you should also try to improvise when it comes to descending fourths or the “Left-Down-Right-Down” pattern.

In the end, I would like to stress the fact that you need to be consistent in whatever type of approach you adopt to boost your musical skills, which will take you a step further each new day. –Ruby Daub

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Middle Aged People: The Missing Music Market?

Music maker Gary D. Clark recently wrote to the Mark Weber Music Blog about a topic that he had a strong opinion on: music for middle aged folks isn’t getting the attention it deserves. Clark wrote a letter in which he stated, “All the new music is focused on the 16-35 market it seems.” Indeed, it does seem like today’s music is all about the youth and what they want to hear. What about people over 35, though?

Clark makes a good point in his letter to the Mark Weber Music Blog that terms like MP3, Bluetooth, iTunes, and “the Cloud” are lost to deaf ears when it comes to baby boomers. Interestingly, this is the same age group that, as Clark puts it, “represents the wealthiest demographic in the market.”

Middle aged
So what’s a middle aged music lover over a certain age supposed to do? Just listen to the old classics, over and over again? Or be forced to listen to the current fad music of the day, like Justin Bieber or Miley Cyrus?

Perhaps there’s a problem in that older people– the baby boomers, in particular– aren’t as technologically savvy (or technological, for that matter) as their younger counterparts. They could be missing out on certain artists and songs precisely because they don’t utilize technology. Even with the return of vinyl records to the music marketplace, there’s still a sense that the overall music market of today is geared to having people download and/or “stream” music from online services.

Think about it… a long time ago people would go to record stores to buy records, which they’d bring home to play on their record players and stereo systems. Then 8-tracks tried to make it big, and they did for a couple of years, but for the most part cassettes dominated the industry for decades, alongside vinyl. In the late 1980s/early 1990s, CDs took over, and became the main way people listened to music at their house, in cars and elsewhere.

Just when the older generation(s) got used to CDs, along came things like “Napster” and “everything is in the Cloud.”

Clark, the concerned music maker, wonders what could help older middle aged people navigate the new marketplace so they feel included…perhaps a website devoted to the issue? One that provides music for this demographic in a way they can understand, use and enjoy? It’s not that unusual for baby boomers and those over 35 to be somewhat computer savvy these days, right? A lot of them have iPads, even… so perhaps a music website geared to older music lovers, with their tastes in mind, could thrive while getting new music directly to them.

Gary D. Clark writes songs for older people. Recently, he made a splash with his novelty song, “Even Fish Love Beer,” and now he’s back with a new one appropriately titled, “Middle Aged People Need Love Too.”

Check out GaryDClark.com if you’re of a certain age and want to hear music that’s not so focused on teenyboppers and twentysomethings. Get his new song here

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L’AFFICHEUR debuts ++solo++ album

L’AFFICHEUR is a band project from Switzerland with a new album out called ++solo++. It’s straight ahead rock with intense drumming, crashing cymbals, lots of cool guitar work and driving beats. L’AFFICHEUR is French for “bill poster.” 

Solo

The brainchild of L’AFFICHEUR is composer Ronny Egger. His process is this: come up with ideas for songs and then find helpers to craft them into full-fledged recordings to be heard the world over. As a bass player, he first sketches a blueprint of his tracks, figuring out how he’d like them to sound. Then he connects with other musicians who can contribute to the final recording of these songs. In 2013, for instance, he met drummer and fellow producer Mike Olschewsky (of Mike Sky Productions), who came aboard to help craft ++solo++ into the project it has since become. Two other musicians contributed to the project: Jonny Velasco on electric guitar and Pavel Sotkovsky on both the electric guitar and cello.
SoloEgger’s influences range from Björk to Beck, and you can hear it in his experimental sounds. Furthermore, he counts Faith No More, Stone Temple Pilots, Rage Against The Machine and Soundgarden among his favorite bands.

Solo bass

In the spirit of most rockers, when asked his favorite drinks, he replied, “beer and contraband liquors.”

Having owned an electric bass since the age of 17, Egger currently works with the software Ableton Live to create his sonic masterpieces. Olschewsky has a flair for mixing and mastering the songs. Together, along with fellow musicians, L’AFFICHEUR has taken shape. ++solo++, which includes nine tracks all together, is available on iTunes, Spotify, or the igroove store. To hear the music, visit the L’AFFICHEUR websiteYou can also enjoy the vivid video on YouTube featuring the band’s music; it has cool visuals of all sorts of things, from cassettes to red lips and then some…

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Dance to Speed of Life by Sweden’s Aditone

I thought Aditone sounded good before, on his track “Dynasty” a few months back, but now he’s returned to the recording studio to unleash a new song called “Speed of Life,” and he sounds better than ever!

Speed of Life

“Speed of Life” sounds like something that’s immediately radio ready. It’s upbeat, with a danceable beat, positive lyrics, and electronic influences that will get your feet moving and your shoulders groovin’. The song encourages you to “get up and move, get into the groove” while also reminding you to “live your life, don’t let it pass you by.” The producers have added nifty sounds to make for a compelling dance track that could easily get played in dance clubs around the world.

For those of you who don’t know, Aditone is a music maker from Sweden, a country known for making the most infectiously delightful pop music the world has ever known. If I had to describe the Swedish pop sound in two words, I’d say it’s “ear candy.” Aditone’s “Speed of Life” fits the bill.

Like Michael Jackson and other dynamic performers before him, Aditone got his start singing with other guys during high school in what was essentially a boy band. That experience paid off, as he was able to hone his craft as both a singer and performer. Today, as a solo artist, he has matured in a good way, complete with his own unique sound and style.

“Speed of Life” is available via Tidal, Spotify, iTunes, Amazon, and other online services. You can find out more about Aditone via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and the artist’s website.

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