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Take Your Guitar Playing from Good…to Great!

Jimi Hendrix. Eric Clapton. Jimmy Page. The Edge. What do these guys all have in common? A mastery of the guitar, the single most important instrument in rock music. Becoming a great guitar player is a long-term process. To rise through the ranks, you need to commit to your craft. You don't need to be a genius, or to have been born with any "gift" to become a great guitarist. What you do need are passion, persistence, and knowledge.

Don’t be afraid to take risks! Once you realize that failure is a necessary part of growth, you have just overcome a major barrier that can take your guitar skills from good to great. Some other tips:

Learn your fretboard: You will comprehend the bigger picture of every musical aspect of the guitar. Identifying notes instantly on the fretboard anywhere makes you able to play around with your solo ideas, understanding your melodies, the scales you apply, how to duplicate soloing ideas to other areas on the neck.

Learn to love practicing: Practice tunes that are hard for you to play and stick it until you've mastered it, no matter how challenging. Repetition is not only the mother of all skill, it is the secret to building your hand's muscle memory so that you can not only play well, but fast!

Learn your chords: Pick up a chord bible and memorize the names. It will serve you well, save you time, and keep you from looking like a complete dummy should someone ask you to play a Gmaj7.

Learn music theory. You should be knowledgeable of your craft. Understanding how music works can help take your playing to another level. Theory allows you to know what you're doing, and most importantly, why.

Learn guitar techniques: Lead guitar embellishments, such as sweep picking and finger tapping, are physical moves that impact your sound in a very significant way.

At Wolfman’s School of Music, we specialize in quality music education for guitar and bass, in addition to piano, voice, drums and more. We provide our students with the instruction and tools they need to achieve their musical goals. Private lessons, online instruction and apprenticeship programs available. To learn more, give us a call today.

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