I think that all of us, at one time or another , have thought about playing  the guitar. Sounds easy, right? It can't be that hard. Well, I  have been playing since I was  five yrs. old and let me tell you it is not easy if  you really want to be a good guitarist. The first thing you need is the desire and heart to want to play.  I'm talking about a real commitment.  If you don't have that commitment, you're spinning your wheels. The great thing about music is you're constantly learning new things everyday. It doesn't get old. I would also suggest that if you're serious, TAKE SOME LESSONS!!  I was very fortunate to take lessons from Robert Harris, who was the original guitarist on "The Tonight Show".  Now don't get me wrong, it took me a few years to appreciate them. After all, what  seven year old kid wants to learn jazz standards??? There was a method to his madness. Those jazz standards built the foundation  and formed my style.  If you take lessons, it will make you a well rounded player. You don't have to be able to write a symphony, but it will make it much easier to learn songs, write songs and improvise songs.When you first start out, it's very important to practice as much as you can. Set time aside everyday and do it. You'll learn much quicker and your fingers will get stronger faster. As I've gotten older, making time to practice gets harder. I got married, had kids and worked full time. Then there's life's unexpected surprises. Over the years I've found out that it's the quality of practice and not necessarily how much time you spend on it. I used to feel guilty about not practicing everyday. Put all of your energy into it. Twenty to thirty quality minutes is much better than one to two hours of a "forced" practice. You have to have that passion for playing. Whatever you do, don't try and play every song note for note!!!!  Don't be a robot. Put your  own take into the songs. Improvise and give it your interpretation. Don't be afraid to try this. That's what it is all about. You still want people to recognize the song, so don't get carried away. Create your own style!!! I've seen so many talented musicians who "copy" lead runs but are lost when it comes to improvising.  The last time I checked, there's only one Eric Clapton or Carlos Santana. Be yourself and follow it. I strongly urge you to listen to all types of music. You'll pick up a little from each category that you can combine to your style. Be open minded let your playing come from the heart. Music is one thing that nobody can take away from you. It's with you for life, good times and bad times. Music is truly a gift of a lifetime. Keep on picking!!!!
 


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Michelle Baker
10/19/2012 03:52

Music is magical. I always admire people who take the time to learn an instrument. With some people the guitar or any instrument seems like an extension of their body they play so well. Music can take you away. It can help you through things in life. I agree, be original and create your own style.

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