I started playing guitar aged 12 with my buddy Jack Bonner, I seemed to take to the guitar a little more naturally than my friend but as the years went on, he dedicated more of his time to playing and I was left behind.
I put the guitar down at age 14 and didn’t touch it again until 2 years ago, aged 25, starting over again was tricky but I put the work in and can now play to a very good ability, I am no Hendrix of course, but I can more than play a tune. In order to improve I followed some simple instructions and if you would like to improve your guitar playing ability, here are some steps which you can follow too.
Everyone knows that practice is what helps to turn you into a better guitar player but there are many people who simply underestimate quite how much time they actually need to spend with their guitar. Once I picked the guitar up again, I decided that I should practice 2 hours per day and I stuck to this religiously. This level of practice will help you improve in no time at all.
Learn Licks and Scales
The key to being a strong guitar player is in the flexibility of your fingers and your ability to keep rhythm, in order to improve these aspects you should invest some time in learning some scales or blues licks. These scales are great for practicing and you will very quickly improve the dexterity of your fingers and gain a better understanding of rhythm and time.
Unless you have the natural ability to learn things simply by listening to them, a skill very few of us have, you should learn to read tablature rather than sheet music so that you can play the songs you love. Tablature is a very simple way of reading music and instead of using notes, tablature uses a diagram of a guitar and tells you which number fret you should be placing your fingers upon. There are hundreds of thousands of pieces of tablature online so once you understand it, you can unlock a whole world of music.
Play With People
If you can play guitar with others, either jamming with other musicians or playing along with another guitar, you can greatly improve your timing and your overall ability. Playing along to a track on your own in the house is a good way to practice but to really take your guitar playing to the next level, you need to practice live with others. Timing in particular is something which you will improve once you start playing with others, as well as learning how to feel and groove to the music, vital skills for anyone who wishes to be a good guitar player.
Practice is most definitely the key to improvement but you need to ensure that you are practicing in the right way so that you can improve as much as possible.