6 Tips to Play a Guitar Better

The guitar is not unfamiliar to everyone, especially young people today who are always infatuated with the sound of the guitar. And of course, it is very difficult for beginners to master their guitar. Here are tips or tricks to help improve your guitar-playing skills.

1. Practice, Practice, and Practice

Of course, to conquer the guitar, you can think of the guitar as a wild animal, and in order to “tame” it, you have to practice every day. That is the prerequisite and most important thing when you start learning instruments in general and playing guitar in particular. Music is for everyone, so even though you don’t have a musical talent you can still achieve good results with hard practice. 

Every day you need to spend at least 15-30 minutes practicing with your guitar. According to the rule “ladder” – learning from the basics to the advanced, if you’re a newbie you should practice the basic exercises such as basic music theory of chords, interval, the basic notes on the strings, etc. 

2. Practice Listening & Reading Guitar Sheet Music

Practice reading sheet

In order to master the guitar, listening and reading skills are indispensable. As you practice the two skills, you can improve your auditory skills and quickly play the track without looking at a document. Or later, when you play solo tracks and riffs, play scale runs, or create your own song, you can’t lack the ability to read notes on the sheet.

3. Practice Your Fingers Daily

For many people, daily finger practice is unnecessary because they often think that they have played well or can press many chords. That is a completely wrong thought, you may not know that professional guitarists still have to practice finger exercises every day so that their fingers are able to move flexibly and feel better with the guitar. When you skip the finger practice, your fingers lose flexibility, causing you to hit songs with a slow tempo, out of rhythm, or a buzzing sound. So to play guitar better, it is essential to practice your fingers daily.

Practice Your Fingers Daily

There are many finger training exercises, you should find and choose for yourself the one you like best to practice every day.

4. Learn According To The Curriculum & Master Music Theory

Nowadays, most players who practice playing guitar accompaniment often ignore music theory because reciting the chord ring does not need to use music theory. And you will still be good if you are a genius, and if not? At some point you will slow down, disoriented.  Music theory and the perception of music are the foundation, a really solid foundation can build a tall house, right?

Follow the curriculum and learn music theory

So where should music theory start? First of all, we need to understand the basic theories about chords, intervals, notes on the fretboard, rhythm, beat and left-fingering, right-finger spread, etc. You should learn with teachers to have a long-term roadmap and method.

5. Practice Your Beat With The Metronome

A metronome is a practice tool that produces a steady pulse (or beat) to help musicians play rhythms precisely. The metronome sounds at a standard tempo and you can adjust the tempo you want to work on. When you practice on the metronome for a long time, you will beat more firmly, the music is also much more complete and when you duet or combine instruments you will not be confused or miss the beat. This is an important thing that is indispensable if you want to become a good guitarist. However, to follow the metronome, you should practice with low to high tempo, and slow to fast. Slow to fluent. Fluent means fast!

Practice your beat with metronome

Apps Nemo offers a powerful metronome on the Guitar Tunio app or you can download our Pro Metronome app to practice your tempo and timing. The two high-quality apps are available on App Store and Play Store, check them out!

6. Ensure Your Guitar is In Tune & Fix Petty Mistakes

When you play guitar, you need to first check if the strings are at the correct pitch. If your strings are not tuned correctly, the sound is not good. You can use a digital tuner or a smartphone tuner app like Guitar Tunio to tune your guitar.

Ensure your guitar is in tune

Next, you need to try fixing petty mistakes like wrong finger placement, breaking fingers, playing the wrong rhythm, the wrong tone, notes, etc. 

Above are 6 tips that help you play guitar better. Good luck!