Hello guys. How are you doing? Hope you're fine. I hope your days have been better than mine. These days, since the relapse, I've found myself taking drugs (prescribed drugs) that have highly sedative contents. I've lost interest in almost everything that used to interest me. This includes food, drinks, games, novels, etc. So I think what I'm trying to do is basically sleep myself to health.
I probably should be bothered about this, but the truth is every year for the past four years have been like this. Everything I'm experiencing now is familiar. The cold weather, the euphoria, and the loss of interest in almost everything, the irrational fear that prevents me from even practicing. Everything is familiar.
Anyways, the title promised you something. Tips on how to be a better guitar player. Let's get right to it.
1) Practice At All Times
This is the singular greatest advice anyone can give you. There's no such thing as too much practice. Don't be deceived, every great guitarist became what they are by power of sheer practice. There's no such thing as talent in guitaring, only practice. I'll start mentioning a few familiar names now.
I) Jimi Hendrix.
This guy to some people is considered the ultimate rockstar. But what you won't know is that he practiced 8 hours every day, and took his guitar wherever he went. I'll throw in a little fun fact here. He had perfect pitch. So the first time he bought a guitar and wanted to tune it, he just walked into the guitar shop, played all the strings, and went home to tune it. Also, he did this because he didn't have money for a tuner, so even Hendrix was broke at some point in his short life.
2) Tommy Emmanuel
You never see any records of school in this guy's biography. What we know about him are the stories he tells all the time. When he was six, he heard Chet Atkins play on the radio and he knew chet Atkins was doing everything on one guitar at once. He heard Chet play a song called windy and warm. He went to figure out things for himself and only decided to meet Chet when he was twenty years old!!! He practiced for fourteen good years!!!! And it wasn't until he was around forty years or so that he decided to go everywhere alone with an acoustic guitar as a solo player.
3 George Harrison of The Beatles!!!
This guy prescribed till his hands bled. I personally don't think it's achievable based on the fact that at some point when I was starting, I practiced eight to twelve hours a day and my hands would hurt, but would not look like they were anywhere near close to breathing. So this guy basically practiced till the impossible happened! This is the story I'm least sure of. It happened with a beatle, that much in sure of, but I'm just about seventy percent sure it was George Harrison. But the point is still the same. Practice!!!!
4 Every other good guitarist that has amounted to anything!!!
The point is just practice!!
The ten thousand hour rule says that to be proficient at anything, do it for ten thousand hours. This is three hours a day for a little over nine years. For guitarists to get to works standard, they usually have put in twenty five thousand hours!!!
So guitar requires time, dedication, devotion, passion, and pretty much every other thing that's not your soul! In fact people who got very good have been rumored to have sold their souls to the devil just to get good (you can try checking out a guitarist called Robert Johnson). The guitar is simply that hard!!!