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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

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…

Lookingdoor is Barnabas Nagy and Daniel Nagy

LOOKINGDOOR is a rock duo of singer-songwriter/guitarist Barnabas Nagy and drummer Daniel Nagy. They started to make music together in 2005 and decided to form a band.

And yes, they are brothers.

Lookingdoor

An Internet search for Barnabas Nagy turns up his website. On there  you can get to know more about his views on faith and life. Interestingly, he writes on topics including marriage and sexuality, as well as evidence that the earth is flat. While you may or may not agree with his writings, one thing’s for sure: he’s a thinker and he wants to get you thinking about things, too. In an era when most songwriters write nonsense, he goes deeper…

If you noticed an accent after listening to the music on Soundcloud, it’s because the brothers are from Hungary in Eastern Europe.

“When I’m not writing, I fish the rivers, play the guitar or work in my homestead,” says Barnabas.

The brothers studied at a local music school as youngsters, covering a variety of musical instruments including piano, drums, saxophone and even the clarinet. Eventually, they both dropped out of the music school, but continued to experiment as music makers. For instance, Barnabas picked up his mother’s classical guitar and used it to play covers of rock songs. Later on, he decided to write his own songs, which helped get LOOKINGDOOR off the ground.

Today, besides making music, both Nagy brothers still have “day jobs.” Music full time though? That’d be good.

The duo best describe their music as “melodic rock from our hearts about the world we live in and the faith we overcome it by.”

Discover more about LOOKINGDOOR at their website here.

Nick Zaino of Boston

Nick Zaino
Nick Zaino

Nick Zaino is a Boston-based singer/ songwriter with a deep appreciation for the roots of American music. The song’s the thing, whether it’s a country weeper or charging four-chord rock and roll. Zaino is a multi-instrumentalist often plays solo acoustic, and though he enjoys quiet introspective songs and the lonesome sound of a harmonica, he also likes to push his Tacoma through a fuzz pedal and get loud, when the situation calls for it (he did start his musical life as a drummer, after all).

Nick Zaino is inspired

Inspired by artists like The Band, The Jayhawks, Uncle Tupelo, Elvis Costello, and Alejandro Escovedo, Zaino’s music has an elemental feel, sometimes searching for the simple answer to a complicated question, sometimes making fun of himself for asking the question in the first place.

Nick ZainoA freelancer writer during the daytime hours, Zaino is constantly writing, covering notable comedians for local and national publications or penning the occasional zombie short story, and writing new songs all the while. A good line could come at any time, day or night, and Zaino works on keeping his mind open to it. “I have a phone full of voice files waiting to be honed into songs from things that come to me on long car trips,” he says. “And piles of notebooks that need harvesting.”

Zaino’s first full-length album, Blue Skies and Broken Arrows, is awesome.

About the album he jokingly says, “I greet everyone now by saying, ‘Hello, I am Nick Zaino, releaser of the album Blue Skies and Broken Arrows.’ Then I spell out the entire iTunes link and ask about their kids.”

Find him on Facebook here. He also writes The Department of Tangents blog where he compiles a New Release Roundup every week for music and comedy albums, films, and books.  Email him at nick@nickzaino.com for more info. –Mark Weber Music Blog