5 Tips To Help You Improve Your Guitar Playing

Here are 5 things that will help you make huge progress in your guitar playing.

Tip #1: Want It

Passion is a very important element to have in yourself if you are truly serious about wanting to be a great guitarist.

You may be skilled in all the techniques – you may have mastered the chords, your chord progressions are awesome, accurate, and adept, and you may be playing the most complex songs – but if your heart is not in it, people will hear it.

You need to love what you are doing, because otherwise, your music will be dead, lifeless, and absolutely boring.

Having the passion to play the guitar will give you the motivation and the drive to keep getting better, and to keep at playing even when things get challenging.

My private students know how much this one means to me.  I am always reminding them that if their heart is not in to it, they are just wasting their time.  The more passionate you are about something, the better you will do.

Tip #2: Play With It

Notice how some people have been playing the guitar for so long but they still cant play very well?  On the flip side, there are those who may be fairly new, but they sound really great! You may think its due to natural talent but it isnt.

It doesn't matter how long you've been playing, because what really matters is the amount of time you spend practicing. If you have been playing for 20 years, but very rarely pick up your guitar and practice, then you shouldn't wonder
why you still sound so mediocre. But even if you have been playing for only a short while, if you take the time every day to practice, then you really will start hearing a difference in the way you sound!

Tip # 3: Face The Challenge Head On

The only way for you to keep a steady level of improvement is for you to keep on challenging yourself. You cannot expect to get
better at playing guitar if you keep playing the same songs, practice the same scales and chord progressions etc.

Set goals for yourself.  Work on them diligently, and watch how much you improve.

Tip #4: Mix It Up

One way of challenging yourself is to keep varying what
you do.  Be careful with this though.  Dont end up in a position where you havent mastered anything because you keep moving on to the next thing.

Make a schedule.
For example, you devote the whole month of September to learning and mastering barre chords. And then come October, you learn scales and work on those. Then, for November, let's say for example that you want to learn songs that will incorporate what you learned in the last couple of months.

Be sure to check out my free guitar practice log to help you with this

Variation will not only make your learning experience more fun and interesting, but it will also keep you from getting bored and stagnant. By incorporating change at the right times (meaning after you have mastered a particular technique, or if you feel you need to take a break from what you have been tackling so far), you allow yourself more room to grow because you give yourself the freedom to explore.

This tip is easier said than done though.  How do you as the guitar player know the best ways to vary things, mix it up, apply it and eventually master those things?  It is not easy to do without expert help.  Get yourself a private guitar teacher.  I do this with my students all of the time.  We mix things up but come back to concepts we have already discussed as a refresher and mastery check.  You really need a guide for this.  If you arent interested in private lessons, then check out some of the top guitar learning programs on the web such as

Tip #5: Practice does NOT make perfect

Contrary to popular belief practicing relentlessly will not produce a professional result.


It's all about the quality of the practice NOT the quantity of practice.

Let's say a guitarist has learned some piece of information incorrectly, now it does not matter how dedicated the guitarist is and regardless of the amount of hours spent practicing the guitarist will still be playing incorrectly.

Perfect practice makes perfect. Therefore make certain you are studying the best quality information; get it right the first time, it is so much harder to re-train yourself once bad habits have set in.

Important: Speed is a by-product of accuracy. Learn to play everything in very small easy pieces.

Don't worry about speed… that will come in time, it's far better to play a small piece of music perfectly than to play a whole pile of stuff sloppy!

Remember: There's no skill required to play sloppy guitar, anyone and everyone can do that but only the best guitarists can play fast and accurately.