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Lesson Posted on 25/08/2017 Music/Instrumental Music/Guitar

Finger Practice

Vinit Kulkarni

I am learning with teaching guitar last 14 year's. Kid's and age 60 I will teaching guitar. And wanna...

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Lesson Posted on 19/08/2017 Music/Instrumental Music/Guitar

10 Tips To Learn How To Play The Guitar With Good Technique

Himanshu Kumar

1. Avoid The Left-Hand Death Grip: When you first start playing, straight away you’ll discover that pressing the strings against the fret board is hard work, hurts your fingers and makes your wrist ache. The natural way to combat this is by hooking your thumb over the top of the fret board to get... read more

1. Avoid The Left-Hand Death Grip:

When you first start playing, straight away you’ll discover that pressing the strings against the fret board is hard work, hurts your fingers and makes your wrist ache. The natural way to combat this is by hooking your thumb over the top of the fret board to get leverage, which inadvertently causes you to press the strings more with the flat pad of your finger (where your fingerprint is) rather than the actual fingertip.


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This is sometimes called the “death grip”, because you do end up with a fairly fierce grip on your neck and it restricts the reach of your fingers. The proper technique is to have your thumb on the back of the guitar’s neck. This forces your hand to use the fingertips, which is far better and more accurate when it comes to playing just the notes you want without accidentally muting adjacent strings. The trouble is it feels kind of weird and difficult at first, and your wrist will lack strength. Stick with it and you’ll appreciate the benefits further down the track. Remember, thumb on the back of the neck.

2. Rehearse Standing Up And Sitting Down:

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Okay, things are hard enough as it is without expecting you to waltz around the room while you’re playing. The important thing is, if you’re going to take this dream all the way, one day you’ll be standing up in front of crowd. Playing with your guitar slung across your shoulder is a very different posture to sitting down.

On a chair, you tend to hunch over and try to see what your hands are doing (another bad habit you want to avoid). Then, when you’re standing up, everything changes. Try it and you’ll see what I mean. You’ll find it much harder to see your left hand, for a start. Make sure you have a good guitar strap, adjust it to a comfortable length (forget slinging it down around your knees looks cool, but it’s a crap playing position) and regularly practice playing while you’re standing up.

3. No Need For Speed:

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Don’t ever bother trying to learn how to play fast. Really, don’t do it. Good technique is about accurate fingering and hitting the right notes every time, especially when it comes to scales and playing tricky bar chords. Concentrate on precise fingering. The truth is, learn to play properly and speed will happen all by itself. The biggest obstacle to fast playing is poor technique. Learn good technique and fast fingering will be a chucked-in-for-free bonus. Always take your time and play slowly.

4. Always Use Correct Fingering:

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Over the centuries of guitar playing the experts have long figured out the best way to play certain chords and scales, meaning which fingers should be playing certain notes on the fret board.

Occasionally, you might discover an easier way of playing these, you’re a musical genius and never knew it. Don’t be tempted. Correct fingering isn’t just about playing that chord or scale properly. Adding variations is considered too, such as sevenths and ninths, and your custom style of fingering a chord might prove that those variations can’t be played (yep, this is one of the things I learned the hard way). Pay careful attention to the correct fingering of a chord and your hand’s position on the fret board for scales. 

5. Silent Rehearsing:

You want to watch your favourite TV show when you’re supposed to be rehearsing? Don’t panic, a lot can be achieved by holding your guitar and constantly swapping from one chord to another or playing scales without plucking the strings with your right hand. What you’re doing is still training your left hand to play it’s all solid practice. Good technique is locked-in habits when you’re playing. With your thumb on the back of the neck, remember?

6. Use A Metronome!:

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Playing to a click track is really hard at first, but the advantages later on are immeasurable. Your sense of rhythm and timing will get an early boost, if you try using a metronome soon in your career. However, don’t stress about it too much and make sure you set the beats-per-minute (BPM) to something very slow. The idea is to get used to playing in time and at a steady tempo, but don’t rush this at the expense of learning technique. By the way, you’ll find heaps of metronome apps on the internet.

7. Don’t Shy Away From Difficult Chords:

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A few weeks ago in my studio, I was recording a friend called Mary, a singer-guitarist, who would move heaven and earth to avoid playing a B minor chord. She found the fingering too difficult and used capos and all manner of transpositions to dodge the dreaded bar chord. If anything, you should seek out these difficult bits and spend more time and energy on perfecting tricky chords, otherwise, you’ll find them a mental barrier to your playing for the rest of your days.

8. Be Disciplined With Your Practice:

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Nothing beats regularly putting your hands on the guitar and practicing the latest lessons. Even if it’s just for ten minutes on a day when you’re otherwise too busy. Good technique comes from your mind and your fingers remembering how it’s all supposed to work, particularly when it comes to those tricky fingerings. Try to set aside some time every day and develop good playing habits. It’ll also help to build up those calluses on your fingertips.

9. Give Yourself A Break and Listen to Music:

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The other side of the equation is not to push yourself too hard in the beginning. When your muscles start to creak and the fingertips are stinging, take a break and relax for a while. You can easily strain something and do damage to tendons and ligaments if you ignore the danger signs that you need a rest.

10. Don’t Forget Your Right Hand Practice:

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Sometimes it’s good to simply mute the strings with your left hand and practise creating a percussive rhythm with your right-hand strumming. Uberchord app also features a strummer trainer to improve your rhythm and timings.

Alternatively, choose an easy chord (or no chord at all) and focus for a while on any finger-picking and plectrum style that you’re learning. The point is that your right-hand technique is often ignored in the effort to get those fingers on your left hand doing the correct thing. Don’t forget that learning how to play the guitar is a two-handed deal.

There you have it. Like I said earlier, a lot of these tips are obvious and common sense, but many new players still make simple mistakes in their enthusiasm to begin playing exciting stuff. Get the basics right, the proper technique happening from the very beginning when learning how to play the guitar, and you can be a great player rather than just a good one.

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Lesson Posted on 07/08/2017 Music/Instrumental Music Music/Instrumental Music/Guitar/Indian Film music Music/Instrumental Music/Guitar

How To Practice Guitar (for beginners)?

Arpan Sen

Worked with noted Tabla Maestro Bickram Ghosh. Collaborated with Irish Flute player Mr. John Devitt. Special...

Here is few tips for beginners: 1) Don’t slump down into a low sofa: This restricts your movement and makes playing guitar very difficult. (Especially if you’re using a large bodied dreadnought or jumbo acoustic.) 2) Don’t sit in a chair with arms: Again, this restricts your movement... read more

Here is few tips for beginners:

1) Don’t slump down into a low sofa:

This restricts your movement and makes playing guitar very difficult. (Especially if you’re using a large bodied dreadnought or jumbo acoustic.)

2) Don’t sit in a chair with arms:

Again, this restricts your movement and encourages you to keep your left elbow tucked in to your torso, this is terrible for guitar playing!

If you want to learn how to play acoustic guitar correctly your left arm must be completely free of obstructions.

3) Don’t perch on a high stool:

Low stools are perfect for guitar playing, but high stools are forbidden for guitar players! If you’ve tried playing at the breakfast counter you will probably have experienced this already…

Playing on a tall stool tends to make your thighs slope downwards and this means the guitar slips away from you while playing.

If you want to learn how to play acoustic guitar it’s a prerequisite that the instrument is secure.

4) So what’s the best ‘Thing To Sit On’?

Sit on anything you want, provided these two things are in place:

  • Your knees should be at a 90 degree angle or angled slightly towards you.

  • Both arms should be totally free from obstruction.

With these two things in place you can learn how to play acoustic guitar quicker and with less frustration.

But now a days few guitar player is using different techniques, in that case you may have to break some of these rules sometime. 

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Answered on 04/08/2017 Music/Instrumental Music/Guitar

https://www.bajaao.com/products/amaze-aw41c-201-electro-acoustic-guitar this is good guitar or not

Aman S.

World Of Music

If you feel comfortable playing it and you like the tone then it is good for you
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Lesson Posted on 15/07/2017 Music/Instrumental Music/Guitar/Indian Film music Music/Instrumental Music/Keyboard

Basic Music Theory (Instrumental)

Vamsi Sagar

I am a keyboard teacher, teaching music from the year 2013, and thought Music in several Music teaching...

Have you questioned yourself how to start understanding the basic music theory to begin with any musical instrument? Here is the theory: 1. What is Music? Music is all about sound. Every sound has a note in it (it can either be called as pitch as well). Every note has a name. 2. So what are the names... read more

Have you questioned yourself how to start understanding the basic music theory to begin with any musical instrument? Here is the theory:

1. What is Music?

  • Music is all about sound.
  • Every sound has a note in it (it can either be called as pitch as well).
  • Every note has a name.

2. So what are the names of musical notes?

The names of musical notes are denoted with english alphabets from A to G.

So Music notes are:

  • A  B  C  D  E  F  G (notes are similer as SA  RE  GA  MA  PA  DA  NI)
  •  A    B     C     D      E     F      G    {Western nOtes}
  • SA   RE  GA   MA   PA   DA   NI    {classical notes}

Above are the different musical notes, so in our next lesson we will learn about how those notes are used in playing a song or How those notes gives beautiful molodical sound?

 

 

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Lesson Posted on 11/07/2017 Music/Instrumental Music/Guitar

Tips For Playing Guitar

Trishan School Of Music Art And Dance

Trishan Music Academy brings a distinctive and modern approach to music education in India. Our curriculum...

Tips for playing: To get good touch in your strumming hand, it’ll take longer than 10 hours. It’s about reps. Try to consider the amount of finesse you are hitting the strings with. Do a little research on palm mutting and other useful strumming techniques. If it sounds nasty at first,... read more

Tips for playing:

  1. To get good touch in your strumming hand, it’ll take longer than 10 hours. It’s about reps. Try to consider the amount of finesse you are hitting the strings with. Do a little research on palm mutting and other useful strumming techniques. If it sounds nasty at first, that’s cool. Your fingers and wrists will start to adjust. Focus on getting quality sounds out of the guitar.

  2. With your left hand, fret the strings as close to the frets as possible. This will reduce buzzing and the chords will ring clearer.

  3. You’ll need to press the strings down firmly to ensure they ring out well. One of the toughest parts for beginners is ensuring you aren’t “muting” the strings that you aren’t fretting (credit natasha at www.dresshead.com). These small touches get programmed in to your fingers after hours of time, so don’t worry too much about it. Just focus on getting the best sound out of your guitar.

  4. Your fingers will hurt, don’t worry about it too much.

  5. It’ll feel weird for the first few days. This is normal. At the beginning a G chord feels like it was purpose designed to give you wrist cramps, after a month of playing the guitar it’ll feel like coming home.

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Lesson Posted on 03/07/2017 Music/Instrumental Music/Guitar Music/Instrumental Music

Some Guitar Tips that will make you a good musician :)

Ayush Agarwal

Ia m currently a student at Heritage Institute Of Technology , Kolkata. I have been taking tuition classes...

You are never too old to start playing and enjoying an instrument.. Make sure you really want to. Learning any instrument isn't easy and if you're not committed you'll give up halfway and will have wasted your money and time. Never Rush. Start playing slowly and in beat. You can play that riff/lick... read more

You are never too old to start playing and enjoying an instrument.. 

Make sure you really want to. Learning any instrument isn't easy and if you're not committed you'll give up halfway and will have wasted your money and time.

Never Rush.  Start playing slowly and in beat. You can play that riff/lick fast only if you can play that slowly with proper timming.

Make sure your notes sound clear. There is no point in playing a solo if yur notes are not clear. Initially you might feel little pain at your fingertips but remeber " No Pain No Gain"

There are no shortcuts to learning guitar. It can take years to learn to play properly. Never Give Up ! 

Learnig Sheet Music is not that important. It depends on you whether you want to learn sheet music. Many artists have accepted that they no idea about sheet music. 

COVER. Initally you can try to cover songs by other bands but remember your own composition is the only factor that will differentiate you from others. Everyone can go to YouTube and learn songs tabs by tabs. Your Original Composition will show your creativity and talent.

Never miss live performance. Whenever you get n opportunity just get up on stage and sing your song loudly and proudly. Never be over confident - a little stage fear is something that will keep you in track. Do attend performances by other artist. You will learn different problems people face on stage and other things you should avoid doing up on stage.

At last be good to others and your fans. Never ever consider yourself above them.

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Lesson Posted on 23/06/2017 Music/Instrumental Music/Guitar

Lucky Ali "O sanam" Intro Guitar Riff

Karamvir Sing

I am a software developer by profession and a guitarist by hobby. I play Bollywood songs, western rock...

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Answered on 01/03/2017 Music/Instrumental Music/Guitar

What is the charge for guitar classes?

SHEKHARGUITARIST

Guitarist

Rs. 2500 per month, one class 2 hr, home tuition.
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Answered on 27/01/2017 Music/Instrumental Music/Guitar

How much time will it take learn basics of acoustic guitar ?

Amit Joshi

Guitar Instructor

First of all, it totally depends on your practice and how much time you dedicate to the instrument and second, if you do so properly, then I can complete basic guitar syllabus in 3 months.
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