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How to Deal with One of the Major Struggles on Guitar

So, recently I posted a question on several social media groups for guitar and came up with some interesting answers.

What was the question you ask?

It was this:

“What is the #1 thing you struggle with on guitar?”

And wow, there were some struggles! Many of them I can relate to…

My guess is you do too.

Do you want to guess what was the #1 struggle?

Several hundred comments collectively came my way and it took some time to gather them all.

Here was the top struggle:

Strumming.

Yeah, that was it. How about you?

See, I think that no matter where you are in your playing journey, you will encounter some kind of strumming issue. And yes, that includes you more advanced players!

It could be anything from trying to get a simple downstrum technique right to some complicated, off time, rhythmic strumming piece of music.

But everyone had one thing in common: they just wanted to get it right.

I have taught many people at all levels of experience and ability.

I am here to tell you that no matter where you are in your playing: you can overcome whatever your are struggling with in your strumming and achieve some awesome results!

Really.

Most of us simply need some kind of direction. Then, we need a plan of action.

I suppose you can do it on your own. I know I did a long time ago and it took a long time to get it right.

Most of us need someone to help direct us whether that be from a video, a course, or a teacher.

I would encourage you to find someone or someplace to help you with that. It will make your journey so much easier and fun!

Get a lesson or grab a course or find a cool guy on You Tube that knows what he is doing and stick with it.

And then Practice! There is no substitute for that.

For many of you beginners, there is this cool guy on You Tube that has some videos to help with your strumming (you KNEW this was coming, ha!).

This is one of my favorites to teach beginners: Night Moves by Bob Seger. But seriously, if that isn’t your song, just go to the Playlist: Easy Acoustic Guitar Strumming Songs and find something to work on. It will make your life better!

The Amazing Spider Dude on Guitar

The Amazing Spider Dude on Guitar

“My music is best understood by children and animals.” – Igor Stravinsky

“I’m sick to death of people saying we’ve made 11 albums that sound exactly the same. In fact, we’ve made 12 albums that sound exactly the same.” ― Angus Young (AC/DC)

“All the good music has already been written by people with wigs and stuff.” ― Frank Zappa

How has 2019 been going so far?

Reached any goals since New Year’s Day yet?

It’s never too late to set them, even in March!

I dislike the term “New Year’s Resolution”. It seems we never follow through with them.

However, we always want to set a goal, no matter what time of year.

What is yours on guitar? Do you have one?

I tell you what, setting one, even something small, can be so motivating. And it will definitely make you a better player.

You want to be a better player? Set a goal.

Here’s some ideas:

How about that song you always want to play? (Caution, find something that doesn’t sound so ridiculously out of your abilities. For example, if you have been playing for only 6-12 months, maybe Cliffs of Dover is a little out of reach…)

Maybe a technique that would be cool to master. Something like getting those hammer-ons and/or pull-offs to sound good.

Perhaps it is a song where you can master getting chord changes to sound right?

Maybe you want to take that first crack at learning an actual guitar solo. For example, I decided way back when, that I was going to tackle my first solo: it was Rush’s Fly By Night. It sounded within range of my abilities but just enough to stretch me beyond where I was at that time.

Try tackling a new scale to play.

Whatever it is, find it and try to set a time frame: maybe it is a week, or a month, etc. Work towards it. Didn’t make it? Reset it! That kind of stuff happens all the time!

This year, hopefully I can continue to offer you a number of tips, exercises, songs, etc. to help you get to whatever goals you want to reach.

Just for fun, here is my tribute to Marvel Comics and the late, great Stan Lee: The Amazing Spider–Dude – Into the Guitar-Verse

Superhero guitars are cool! Stick around for the very end!

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Rock On!
Tony G

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Batman Rocks the Guitar!

Batman Rocks the Guitar!

Ya know, sometimes you just have to have some fun!

All the learning and studying is important. But if you don’t have fun with whatever you do (in this case it’s guitar), I don’t think it is worth doing.

So just sit back and enjoy the craziness!

Check out my rendition of the original Batman theme!
Guitar TAB for the song is on my 20 Essential Classic Rock Licks:
http://sixstringcorner.com/20-essential-cla…itar-licks-vol-1/

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