Stop Sounding Like a Beginner on Guitar

Common Mistakes Beginner Guitar Players Make

In this lesson, we will address some common mistakes often made by beginner guitar players. It is crucial to eliminate these bad habits in order to enhance your guitar sound.

Whether you are just starting out or have been playing for a while. I will provide you with tips on how to improve and demonstrate the correct methods to rectify these mistakes.

The strategies I am about to share have proven to be highly effective with my students, producing massive results in just one week of practice.

So without further delay, let's jump right into it.

Tactic #1: Fretting Hand Finger Coordination.

This is a mistake most beginners make, especially when trying to play a melody on 1 string.

Beginners tend to remove their fingers after playing the first note before fretting the upcoming one. This leaves room for string noise and sloppiness in your playing.

To remedy that, all you have to do is keep that first finger in place.

Check out min @2:05 for a demonstration.

Disclaimer: If you are descending the fretboard, this still applies, make sure you remove the first finger and fret the second one simultaneously!

Check out min @2:48 for a demonstration.

Tactic #2: Fretting Hand Finger Positioning.

We all had to deal with buzzing strings when playing a note, but don't worry, here's an easy fix.

Make sure you position your finger as close as possible to the superior metal fret, this will ensure better sound quality and help you get rid of that buzzing noise that's been driving you crazy.

Disclaimer: Make sure you apply just enough pressure, squeezing too mush or too little will cause string buzzing or bad sounding notes respectively.

Check out min @4:08 for a demonstration.

Bonus tip: Use the tip of your finger to fret any given note!

Tactic #3: Picking Direction.

Most beginners to play in a unidirectional way, meaning using only down strokes.

What you want to be doing is alternating the picking direction so going:
-Down Up, Down Up.

Instead of:
-Down Down Down Down.

This will help you gain speed and reduce the risk of accidentally hitting unwanted strings creating unwanted noise.

Check out min @4:40 for a demonstration.

Tactic #4: Picking Hand Motion.

I see a lot of beginner students, making huge picking hand movements, this will definitely create string noise.

What you want to do instead is do smaller arcs without moving too far away from the guitar when playing.

Smaller movements = Less chances to make unwanted noise + More Speed

Check out min @6:03 for a demonstration.

Tactic #5: Chord Switching Pro Tip.

Whenever you see a new guitar player trying to play any given progression, and they stumble on a hard chord, they more often then not tend to:

-Stop playing
-Full focus on fretting the chord correctly
-Continue playing.

And this completely kills the flow of the song.

Ideally you want to practice faster chord switches, and get better at strumming along any chord progression with ease.

But for the time being here is a tip for your next jam session, most people are tone deaf but have a very good sense of rhythm.

Meaning if you play any wrong note, they probably won't notice but if you break rhythm most people will realize something isn't right.

So all you have to do is keep the flow going, you could just mute the strings, keeping the groove going and skip that hard chord all together.

Check out min @8:29 for a demonstration.

Final words
In conclusion, mastering these five guitar playing tactics will significantly improve your overall technique and musicality.

By implementing these tactics, you will elevate your guitar playing and enhance your musical expression. So keep strumming, practicing, and exploring the vast possibilities of the guitar.

Remember, mastery comes with dedication and persistence.

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Author: Jack Haddad
Jack Haddad is an expert Guitar educator and teacher and has been helping guitarists, through his innovative methods, get incredible results on the guitar, whether they want to jam with friends or rock out on the big stage.

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