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« on: August 02, 2020, 05:59:06 PM »

Hi People,

I am a fairly new guitar player (only been playing for nearly a year) and i was wondering how i could improve my guitar technique? what i would like to improve, is my finger speed, as I find it to slow to the songs i play. Any help would be nice :) btw, I own both an electric and an acoustic guitar, so any techniques/suggestions would be appreciated :) I have tried and various YouTube videos, looking for some more tips if possible.

Regards - Lynn
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« Reply #1 on: August 02, 2020, 07:12:24 PM »

Start by just playing the alphabet in the open position.Then move on to 3 chord tunes.

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« Reply #2 on: August 03, 2020, 01:38:50 PM »

Have you tried recording yourself? Playback will give you a good indication of what you need to work on.
A metronome is a very useful tool for working on your timing.
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« Reply #3 on: August 03, 2020, 02:39:36 PM »

Congrats Lynn for picking up the guitar and exploring ways to get better!

I'm basically self-taught and what worked for me was to find songs I liked that I could play along to on guitar. That helps develop your sense of rhythm as well as train you to switch chords quickly. It also makes playing fun, which I worry that a lot of guitar teachers neglect. There are audio applications that will slow down the song if you need to if you're willing to learn how to use those.

Much later I latched on to an excellent guitar player, Mark Knopfler, and from copying him eventually learned how to drop the pick and play with just my right hand fingers. Lastly, you might not be ready to play up and down the neck yet, but when the time is right look into what's called the CAGED technique, which comes in handy for visualizing where all the chords/notes are on the neck.

Good luck with a great hobby and have fun!

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