Guitar Note Mastery

Lead Guitar Lesson - Tips To Help You Become A Monster Guitarist

I think we've all done it at some point. We've looked at some incredible guitarist play and wonder just how they got so good. Maybe we've even asked ourselves questions like...

  • Are they just naturally talented?
  • Do they have something that I don't?
  • Will I ever be able to play like them?

If you can relate to these questions, then you can feel better by knowing that you're not alone. I definitely asked myself those questions when I started learning lead guitar. And I know that many of my students have asked themselves similar questions. It can definitely be quite intimidating watching someone play with incredible skill...especially if you're new to lead guitar!

So how do you think these amazing players got so good? Well, clearly there is no simple one-size-fits-all answer. With that said, the tips that I'm about to share will definitely help you to start moving in the right direction. So let's take a look at them now...

Tip #1: Don't Neglect The Basics

Often beginning lead guitarists can focus on learning really complex things but totally neglect the basics.  For Example: I'm often amazed at how students that start lessons with me don't know all the notes on the fretboard. Often they have played guitar for years, and still don't know them.

I can understand that learning them is incredibly boring, but it's one of those fundamental things that can help you progress much faster. I mean, if you don't know the notes on the fretboard, then it becomes much harder to apply theoretical concepts to the guitar.

Tip #2: Learn How To Practice Effectively

You may have read about the 10,000-hour rule. This states that on average it will take you around 10,000 hours of deliberate practice to reach an expert level in a complex skill like playing a musical instrument. (Side point: If you've never heard of this rule before, then I highly recommend reading The Talent Code by Daniel Coyle).

Now, I don't know if that is true. But I do know this. Every great player I know has done a lot of practice...and in some cases, an obscene amount of practice. So doesn't it make sense that learning how to practice effectively would be very helpful? After all, if you learn to optimize the benefit you get from each hour of practice, you'll become a better guitarist sooner.

How do you learn how to practice effectively? In my opinion the fastest way is to find a good local guitar tutor to help you. They will be able to give you valuable feedback that you just can't get from a book or DVD. If you just can't afford lessons, then ask any advanced players that you might know.

I know these tips might seem simple. But just because something is simple doesn't mean that it won't work. And I know from my own playing, and my guitar teaching experience that they will help you a great deal in your quest to becoming a lead guitar monster!

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