by Corey Palmer
For the beginning guitarist, it’s all too easy to run into pitfalls and stumbling blocks — especially when you’re trying to learn guitar on your own with online video guitar lessons. Obstacles of all sorts can cause you to form bad playing habits or prevent you from progressing to a higher playing level. Wost of all, they can cause you to get so discouraged that you give up trying.
To help fight the frustration, we asked teacher Corey Palmer to offer some tips for first-timers.
1. Not practicing correctly.
When you pick up your
2. Trying to play beyond one’s ability.
You cannot expect to be able to shred out Steve Vai licks if you haven’t mastered Mary Had A Little Lamb yet (the nursery version, not the Stevie Ray Vaughan song). Trying to play far outside of your current ability will only bring frustration. You have the entire rest of your life to build your
3. Choosing the wrong gear.
When you’re first starting out, it is easy to get caught up in what a
4. Playing an out of tune instrument.
Learning to tune is your first job as a budding guitarist, and you should tune your instrument every time you pick it up. If you are always playing a
5. Learning in a vacuum.
These days there’s an abundance of online guitar lessons, videos,
6. Not warming up before playing.
Ever wondered why there are times when you pick up your
7. Memorizing, but not applying.
Sure, you can memorize a ton of various riffs from other guitarists and play them all flawlessly. But are you actually thinking about how to apply what you learn to your own playing? The next time you learn a lick or phrase created by another player, try twisting and turning it until it becomes something of your own. It can make the difference between regurgitating someone else’s music by rote and becoming an actual musician.
Corey Palmer is a guitarist and teacher in Woodstock, New Brunswick, Canada. Now that you’re a smarter beginner, get started with some of Corey’s easy