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How To Practice Guitar: Eliminating Mistakes

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Tom HessRegardless of how good of a guitarist you are, you share the same common objective with all other players while practicing: ‘To get it right’. When you are practicing guitar correctly, you will eventually gain the ability to play things exactly as you want. This will make you feel a rush of excitement – which is awesome – except for one thing… as you become a better guitarist, this excitement will often transform into fear. When you want to take your guitar playing to the next level (such as playing on stage) you become scared of making mistakes. This is when major issues begin…

It’s an unusual, but frequent occurrence that a guitarist who has made huge improvements to reach a high level in his playing is ‘afraid’ of making mistakes rather than ‘excited’ become an even better player. These devastating guitar playing anxieties discourage intermediate guitarists from working hard to take their skills to another level. These same anxieties can even ruin the potentially successful music careers of really great guitar players.

For example, I have a student I’ve been helping develop a music career who just got the opportunity to be part of a band and tour throughout many countries in Europe. Until recently, he had been preparing his whole life for this exact situation, but he almost missed out due to a fear of not being ‘good enough’. Once I confronted him on this issue, he began to understand the reasons why he felt the fear that he did. I then trained him to practice guitar in a much more effective manner than how he had been practicing before. I’m glad to say that he overcame his fears, met with the band and has been having the time of his life on tour while becoming the ‘rock star’ he always dreamed of becoming.

So how was he able to overcome his fears and succeed? And how can YOU do the same so that you get better and become a great musician?

The reason why guitar players become insecure about their playing as they advance is because they practice with the mindset of ‘playing things right’, vs. to ‘never play them wrong’. Here is how these two mindsets differ and what it means for your guitar playing:

Practicing To ‘Get It Right’ – everyone must go through this phase while working on something new. At first, your goal is to merely learn the notes and gain confidence in your ability to play everything correctly. The majority of guitarists get ‘stuck’ in this phase of practicing and think all their mistakes will just go away on their own after a while. This simply is NOT the case! You will only master something in your playing once you take it to a higher level of practice, such as the following:

Practicing ToNever Get It Wrong’ – After you learn to play something in sterile isolation (such as in the sterile environment of your practice room), you must start practicing ‘for the real world’. To do this, you must become ready to perform on stage, make recordings of yourself and mix various guitar playing skills together. Once you are able to play something ‘right’ you need to ask yourself: “In what situation do I want to use this new skill?” This answer will help you understand how you should be practicing to fully master the skill you are working on and ‘never play it wrong’.

Here are some examples of how to practice guitar in this way:

Practice Guitar For Playing Great On Stage:

To become a great live guitarist, you must be familiar with the scenarios that occur most often while playing on stage and prepare for them in your guitar practice time. Common examples include: standing up and moving around while playing, playing without being able to see your instrument, playing with distractions, staying in control of your playing without worrying about making mistakes in front of others, playing guitar in different types of weather and playing with equipment you aren’t accustomed to. Of course, this does not cover everything – simply use these ideas to make your own list to work on while practicing.

When you take anything you can ‘play right’ and try to play it in any of the situations above, you will usually crack under the pressure. It’s great for this to happen during your practice, because then you know precisely what needs to be improved in your playing so that you never get it wrong in the actual situation.

As you practice, repeatedly put yourself in the scenarios above and start building your confidence to make your playing become more reliable.

Practice ‘Recording’ As A Separate Skill:

Most guitar players never work to improve their recording skills because they hate hearing themselves make mistakes over and over (causing them to lose confidence in their playing abilities). As soon as you ‘thought’ you learned how to play a lick, recording yourself will expose all kinds of mistakes that you usually weren’t aware of. Everyone goes through this, you’re not the only one.

To improve your recording skills, you need to do the following: Start working on ‘recording’ as a separate skill to be mastered in your guitar practice time (record using both audio and video). Work on playing/recording something ‘perfectly’ in only a few tries. This will drastically improve your ability to perform well in recording situations.

Additionally, learn all the ins and outs of making a great recording by mastering all the subtle nuances that most people don’t pay attention to. I explain these guitar playing nuances in detail in this free guitar player recording guide. Study it, and work to improve these areas on a continual basis.

Practice Integrating Your Musical Skills

Even if you aren’t going to be playing live or recording anytime soon, you still need to work on using your skills with other techniques as well as in ‘musical’ situations (such as guitar solos, songs, etc.). To do this, you need to stop practicing skills in isolation and start combining them together with other techniques. For instance, after you learn a new scale sequence, you should be practicing it together with other techniques, fast and slow, and with a variety of different rhythms. You also need to learn the best way to apply these sequences into a musical context. Study the ideas in this video about the best way to practice guitar to learn more about this process.

Depending on your unique goals with each item in your guitar practice routine, you will have to practice it in each situation above or perhaps just one or two.

How To Use This Information:

Here are the steps you must follow to integrate the above elements of effective guitar practicing into your playing:

Step One: Clearly understand your medium and long term guitar playing goals. Get started on this by reading this article about building musical goals.

Step Two: Understand how everything you practice helps you reach your ultimate goals. (use this article about choosing the right guitar exercises for help on this) Don’t waste time practicing things that don’t really matter!

Step Three: Don’t work without using a guitar practice schedule that will help you get the very most out of your practice time. Use this guitar practice routine generator.

Step Four: Always seek the answer to this question: “What is the main objective/scenario in which I will use this practice item or music in my guitar playing?” This will keep your guitar practice in line with your highest goals and help you make the transition from ‘playing it right’ to ‘never playing it wrong’.

When you integrate the ideas in this article into your guitar practice on a regular basis, you will stop being afraid of making mistakes and start practicing with confidence and excitement as you begin realizing your ultimate musical goals.

Learn how to use a guitar practice routine generator to get the greatest benefit from the time you spend practicing.

About The Author:
Tom Hess is a professional recording artist, composer, and expert guitar instructor. He teaches and trains guitarists on how to create a guitar practice schedule and helps them become great musicians in his online rock guitar lessons. Visit tomhess.net to receive additional free guitar playing resources and read more guitar articles.

The Top 4 ‘Worst’ Questions To Ask About The Music Industry

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Tom Hess shreddingUntil you’ve either been a highly successful pro musician or worked together with a mentor, your understanding of the music industry will likely be based off of assumptions and false ideas. I get tons of e-mails from musicians each week who ask me how to make it in the music industry. Most of the questions they ask are completely misguided. Usually (95% of the time) I get asked questions that:

1. Are made from assumptions that are entirely false.

2. Seem like good questions on the outside, but upon deeper examination will actually take you further away from achieving significant success in reaching your music career goals.

3. Completely overlook crucial action steps that need to be taken in order to set up a solid foundation for music career success. I talked about this idea in an article I wrote about making it as a professional musician.

To put together a successful career in music as soon as possible, you’ve got to know the questions you do NOT need to be seeking answers to, and understand how to ask much higher quality questions that will put you on the right track toward reaching your music industry goals.

These are the 4 worst music career questions you should avoid asking in order to build a successful career as a professional musician:

Bad Music Career Question #1: How Do You Get A Record Deal?

To really know why this is not a good questions to ask, answer this: “What’s in it for someone else to give you a record deal?” If you think the main thing you offer to a record company is good music writing skills… think again. This is simply not enough incentive for a music company to want to work with you. People will not invest hundreds of thousands of dollars into your music career just because you’ve written some nice music. Think about it like this: Let’s say you saved up a couple hundred thousand dollars – Would you go spend it all to bet on a horse at the race track OR would you try to find someone to invest it into who can prove to you that they have the ability help you make a big return? Certainly you would make the prudent choice and work with the person who would help you earn more money. This is the same mindset that record label executives have. Therefore, you need to stop worrying about how you can ‘get signed’ and begin making yourself into the best possible investment a record company could take. Hint: This means doing a lot more than just writing music, playing an instrument or having a Facebook music page.

Here are the actions you should be taking to make yourself into a valuable investment for a record company:

1. Understand what the music industry is looking for in musicians before they begin working with them.

2. Work every day to build your music career. Record companies want to see that you have a good track record before they will begin working with you. The more things you do as an independent musician, the more likely it is that you will gain the interest of a record company.

3. Get music industry training from a successful mentor who has already accomplished big things in the music industry and helped others get signed to recording contracts.

Once you begin developing your music career on your own, you will make yourself like a beacon of light and record companies will come searching for YOU!

Bad Music Career Question #2: How Can I Avoid Becoming A ‘Starving Artist’?

It’s a common belief that working as a professional musician leads you to one of two outcomes: Either you ‘make it big’ and become a huge rock start (earning millions of dollars and touring worldwide) or you have to play in smoky bars for the rest of your musical life just to earn a few dollars. This myth is NOT true and (if you believe it) will be extremely damaging to your music career success because it will cause you to get a regular job while ‘trying to do music on the side’, or hesitate to even enter the music business at all.

Fact is, the music business is made up of a large middle class and there are countless ways to earn a living. You’d be surprised at how easy it is to make a good living in the music industry versus becoming successful in an outside field. However, before you will make a lot of money, you must stop asking low quality questions. Stop worrying about becoming a starving artist and start envisioning all the different ways you can make money as a musician.

While working in the music industry, you don’t have to live from one paycheck to the next like in a normal day job. There is always a way to make multiple sources of income simultaneously. Instead of worrying about job security because you make just ONE source of income (as with most ‘normal’ jobs) you can have total security by earning money from MANY sources. Here are some ways you can earn money in the music industry: selling your music from your personal website, performing on stage or recording musical parts as a musician for hire. Also you can MASSIVELY boost your music related income by doing this:

Start growing a music teaching business. This will immediately produce multiple sources of income (your students) for you while you work much less than full time hours each week. Find out how to quickly get started earning money teaching music by reading this page on how to teach guitar.

After creating multiple sources of music related income, you can make hundreds of thousands of dollars in your music career each year (or more). I know this is true because I have helped many musicians do this for themselves. Learn more about making money in the music business by reading this article about earning money as a professional musician.

Bad Music Career Question #3: What Is The Best Music City To Move To?

Many musicians think they will be much more likely to succeed in the music industry by moving to a ‘music city’. Then with this belief in mind, they pack up their things and move, believing that opportunities will simply ‘fall into their lap’ once they arrive. Once they have been in their new location for a while and nothing has changed, they blame it on the city and look for a new location to move to (while being completely unaware of the TRUE reasons why they aren’t successful).

Where you live has nothing to do with your chances of becoming successful in the music industry. This is especially relevant today as it is easier than ever for someone to get signed to a record contract, release music from a home studio, schedule major world tours or do work as a session musician no matter where they live. Massively successful musicians do not achieve success because they live in a specific city or location. If that were the case, no one living in ‘non-music’ cities would become successful in the music business. No matter where you live, the principles for becoming a successful pro musician apply exactly the same.

Rather than making the massive (wasted) effort of trying to research and find the best music scene, go through the following process that has been PROVEN to work for musicians:

1. Determine your specific musical goals (using this article about identifying musical goals).

2. Start working together with a music business mentor to put together an effective strategy for reaching your musical goals.

3. Work each day to get closer to achieving your goals until you reach them.

When you focus on what is most important (using the process above), you will achieve success in your music career much faster.

Bad Music Career Question #4: What Should I Do To Get More People To Hear My Music?

Most musicians believe they will start making a good living in the music industry once they can get enough people to hear their music. In reality, it doesn’t matter very much how many people hear your music… What truly matters is the amount of people listening to your music who have been turned into FANATICS who do anything to support your music.

Stop asking yourself how to get more people to hear your music and start transforming anyone who is already your fan into a real FANATIC. Only After you have a strategy in place for turning ‘casual fans’ into ‘hardcore fanatics’ will the total number of people who hear your music begin to matter.

Learn more about earning a living in the music industry and building a fan base by reading this article about music promotion.

After reading this article, you’ve learned many reasons why common music career questions can actually be disastrous for your music career growth. Now, take these steps to ensure that you stay on course and achieve your goals in the music industry:

Step 1. Break down your musical goals in as much depth as possible. Use the articles and resources mentioned above to gain clarity on how the music business works.

Step 2. Continually ask yourself high quality questions to achieve much greater results in your music career.

Step 3. Don’t try to build your music career through trial and error (on your own). Get music industry training from someone who will help you to get on and stay on the right path toward becoming a highly successful professional musician.

About The Author:

Tom Hess is a touring guitarist, composer and a mentor to musicians. Tom also trains musicians internationally on how to get into the music industry. Visit tomhess.net to get free music business tips and music career resources.

How To Play Guitar Solos Better Than Ever, Part One: Using Vibrato More Creatively

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Tom Hess teaching guitarI hear stories all the time from guitar players about how their solos don’t sound as good/expressive as they want. Fact is, there are A LOT of reasons why this can happen, but fortunately there are very specific ways to fix and overcome each of those causes. The following are some of the most common problems I see/hear all the time in the solos of many guitarists:

  1. Using little to no vibrato or playing with vibrato that is NOT in tune
  2. Playing the first note of your guitar solo in a very weak manner by using narrow vibrato (or no vibrato)
  3. Using vibrato in the exact same way every time you add it to a note

Before you learn how to use vibrato to enhance your guitar solos and licks, it is important that you SEE and HEAR how this technique can improve your solos. Do this now by checking out the video below:

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Use vibrato in the following ways to make your guitar solos sound AMAZING:

1. Play Vibrato That Is Perfectly In Tune

Nothing will kill the sound of a great guitar solo faster than vibrato that is out of tune. For this reason, it is crucial that you always play your vibrato in tune! To do this, always bend the string up to the exact pitch you are targeting and back down to the original pitch you began on before releasing it. So if you wish to apply vibrato that is a whole step wide, you need to bend the string to match the pitch 2 frets above the starting note before returning it back down to the pitch you started with (and repeating this many times quickly to achieve a vibrato effect).

Listen to these examples and hear what perfectly in tune vibrato sounds like when compared to out of tune vibrato:

Example 1 – Perfectly In Tune Vibrato: Hear It

Example 2 – Out Of Tune Vibrato: Hear It

How To Use This Concept To Improve Your Guitar Solos Right Now:

Determine how wide you want your vibrato to be (such as a half step or whole step). Then invest time into applying this vibrato to different notes in different locations all over the fretboard while keeping it in tune. To speed up the mastery process, record yourself playing so you can pinpoint times when you were playing out of tune and understand the changes you need to make to correct this.

2. Match The Depth Of Your Vibrato To The Right Musical Situation

The most common way that guitarists apply vibrato in their solos is by making it sound very narrow and very subtle. Instead of ‘always’ using this approach, sometimes it is best to begin your guitar solos with a ‘kick to the face’ by using wide/heavy vibrato on the first note! Do this by using vibrato that is a half step or wider (while also remembering to keep it in tune). With this in mind, you don’t always have to use this approach (sometimes the soft/weak vibrato is exactly right for the context) – just make sure not to ‘always’ begin your solos with narrow/no vibrato.

Check out the audio samples below to hear the difference between narrow, wide and ‘extra wide’ vibrato:

Example 1 – Narrow Vibrato (less than a half step): Hear It

Notice: Using narrow vibrato can certainly sound good when you are doing so in the right context – The mistake you must avoid is ‘only’ using narrow vibrato because you are unable to play wide vibrato that sounds good/stays in tune.

Example 2 – Wide Vibrato (half step): Hear It

Example 3 – Extra Wide Vibrato (whole step): Hear It

Notice: It is not necessarily better to use wide vibrato over more narrow vibrato. The most important thing to do is pay close attention to the music you’re playing over in order to decide which vibrato is the most appropriate. To decide which type to use, consider that wide vibrato will add ‘intensity’ while narrow vibrato is much more subtle. Work on becoming proficient with both types so that there are no limitations on your musical expression.

How To Use This Concept To Improve Your Guitar Solos Right Now:

Step 1: Think of several licks where the first note of the lick has a ‘longer’ duration (such as a half note or whole note).

Step 2: Use half or whole step vibrato to enhance the first note in each of these licks.

Step 3: Repeat the second step for 5 minutes. Do this once a day, for two weeks until your vibrato sounds killer. This will make it very easy for you to creatively apply vibrato into your solos anytime the opportunity presents itself.

3. Use Vibrato In Many Different Ways

You must gain control of two main variables in order to play great vibrato:

  1. The way the vibrato sounds (affected by how wide the vibrato is and how fast the pitch fluctuates)
  2. The timing of when the vibrato is used after a note is played.

The majority of guitar players use vibrato with the exact same approach every time they play: they always use either a wide or narrow vibrato that is applied immediately after they pick a note. Don’t make this same mistake! If you do, your soloing will quickly become dull and repetitive.

To make your guitar solos sound creative and inspiring, use vibrato in a different way by ‘delaying’ its application for a few moments. This will add additional interest to your playing in the form of musical tension, while also extending the life of the note.

Here is the difference between the conventional approach of instantly applying vibrato vs. delaying it:

Example 1 – Instant Vibrato: Hear It

Example 2 – Delayed Vibrato: Hear It

Another creative way to enhance your soloing is to both delay the vibrato and strike the note again to add additional intensity to the note. Listen to this example to hear how this sounds:

Example 3 – Delayed Vibrato + Striking The Note Again: Hear It

Example 4 – Here is a short example of how to combine the three different vibrato types discussed above by using various levels of intensity/speed: Hear It

How To Use This Concept To Improve Your Guitar Solos Right Now:

Pick out one of your favorite guitar licks and look for the notes in that lick that are sustained longer than the others. Next, record yourself playing the lick for 5 minutes straight while applying vibrato to these longer notes as follows: ‘instantly’ applying it as soon as you play a note, ‘delaying’ it for a moment or two after playing the note and ‘delaying’ it + striking the string again. Focus on using as much variety as you can throughout your recording to develop mastery for all 3 vibrato types.

Now that you’ve learned these methods for using vibrato in your solos, you can easily transform any ordinary solo or lick into a totally killer one. The even better news is that this is just the beginning. There are many more ways to enhance your lead guitar playing. In the next part of this article series, you will learn how to use string bends to mold your guitar licks and make them sound totally badass!

About The Author:

Tom Hess is a professional touring musician, composer and successful rock/metal guitar teacher. He helps guitarists around the world learn to play guitar online. On his website tomhess.net, you can find guitar playing tips, free guitar resources and more guitar articles.

4 Things That Guitar Players Fear Most

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What do you think is the biggest thing that prevents most guitar players from becoming great? Not having natural ability? No. Having too little practice time? Wrong again. It’s their FEAR (in multiple forms). Endless amounts of guitar players fail to reach their musical goals for years at a time due to the fear in their minds that blocks the path to success. Before you can quickly become a much better player, you must break down your fears to understand why they exist and why you shouldn’t let them control your musical life.

The following are the most frequent fears possessed by most guitarists and what you must do to overcome them and reach your musical goals:

Fear Of Failing

Tons of guitarists believe from the very beginning that they aren’t good enough to set and achieve ambitious musical goals. When you fear that you can’t learn to play guitar exactly as you want, here’s what will happen:

  • You stop pursuing musical goals that you really want and set lower, more ‘achievable’ goals that you think are more realistic.
  • You start practicing things that you are already more comfortable with for the majority of your time, instead of working on materials that will force you to become a great player.
  • Because you only set ‘realistic’ (small) musical goals, you will never become the great guitar player you COULD become. You’ll form a habit of giving up whenever something becomes difficult because you think you just ‘don’t have what it takes’.

The worst part is, you’ll end up creating a self-fulfilling prophecy because you spend so much time focusing on ‘failure’ rather than the things you actually want to achieve. To make sure you do not become overwhelmed with a fear of failure, do the following:

  • Only focus your mind on the things you desire the most in your guitar playing (and look ahead to the day when your goal is finally achieved). No matter what, you will always face challenges when you try to achieve great things…but all obstacles can be overcome. If you’ve been working hard to learn something for a long time and you are having no success, it’s not because you lack talent – you just have to use an alternate approach. Change your approach to get different results.
  • Determine your exact guitar playing/musical goals, and put together a plan to reach them in as little time as possible. Once you’ve done this, don’t give up until you’ve reached the very end and achieved every last goal. Get started by using the strategy in this article on how to achieve guitar playing goals.

It is much easier to overcome your fear of failure when you take lessons with a top tier guitar teacher who understands what it takes to accomplish any musical goal you may have. Over the past 25 years I’ve helped thousands of students achieve very big musical goals (who were afraid of failure at first). I invested ample time into mentoring them in order to raise their self-confidence and get them to truly believe in their own potential. This changed their mindsets and helped them quickly progress to become killer guitar players.

Fear Of Not Being ‘Young Enough’ To Become A Great Guitarist

Many guitar players come to me each year with concerns that they are too old to become good guitar players. In many cases, these students falsely think that they can’t become great because their favorite guitarists become awesome players at a young age. This causes the student to not even attempt to do the things that would make him/her into a much better player.

This is what I tell them (and YOU):

Guitar players do not fail to achieve greatness because they are ‘too old’. The concept of age is just a mental construct. You only fail to become a great player if you do not dedicate yourself to doing whatever it takes to get there. Rather than allowing ‘age’ to be your excuse for failure, focus on developing the skills you need to reach your goals, find out the best methods for practicing them and make ‘practicing guitar’ a high priority in your life. When you continually practice what is needed to reach your musical goals (in a correct manner), you WILL achieve them – no matter how old you are. Discover more about this process by reading the article about selecting the best guitar playing exercises.

I’ve worked with many guitar students who thought they were too old to make real progress on guitar, and every time, those who believed what I wrote above achieved their goals in a fraction of the time compared to those who did not trust in what I said above.

Fear Of Criticism

A lot of guitar players fear having their guitar playing criticized and will do anything they can to avoid situations where others could judge their skills (causing them to ‘feel bad’ about their playing). They will do this even if it means sabotaging their own progress or missing opportunities to get useful feedback! That’s right: people will sabotage their own potential to become better guitarists because they are afraid of what other people might say!

Here is an example of the harmful effects of this fear: I run various training events for guitarists each year who travel overseas to train with me for the entire day (for several days in a row) to totally transform their guitar technique, soloing ability, phrasing and musical expression. Whenever one of these events takes place, I observe a total transformation in literally every person who attended. At the same time, there are a lot of people who talk themselves out of coming to these events, although they have the time, money and a strong desire to attend and KNOW the event will completely change their playing for the better. I get an overflow of emails from these types of people, who give me excuses for not showing up, and I know their excuses are deeply rooted in fear. Later, most of these people contact me again to reveal that they deeply regret not coming to the event. Since they gave in to their fear about what others would think of their playing, they blocked themselves from a massive opportunity to improve their musical skills. That is why they will continue to struggle to achieve their musical goals and regret their decision to hide behind fear.

Tom Hess shreddingEven for guitarists who are very advanced players, this type of fear can hold them back from achieving their musical goals. For example, great players will often delay writing and recording an album (for many years) by chasing ‘perfection’. This is caused by the fear that someone might criticize their music/playing. As a result, they never experience the significant growth one receives from this type of musical activity.

To overcome this fear, do the following:

  • Know that the greatest way to become a better musician is putting yourself into situations where you are challenged to grow and improve. This is what the best players do on a consistent basis.
  • Understand that perfection is something worth reaching for, but not something you can ever actually ‘reach’. It’s important to make mistakes in order to grow as a musician. Instead of avoiding mistakes, embrace them and utilize them as opportunities for learning how to get better.
  • Get a clear understanding of what areas in your playing you need to work on in order to improve. Learn your greatest strengths and weaknesses by using this free guitar playing skills assessment.

Fear Of Playing Guitar In Front Of Others

It is very hard for many guitarists to move beyond their fear of playing in front of others. One moment you could be able to play something easily alone your room and the next you are struggling to play the exact same thing just because other people are watching. Some of the common symptoms of this fear include uncontrollable shakiness, excess sweating or temporary loss of memory. The worst part is, when you fear playing in front of other people, you avoid it at all costs. As a result, you are unable to gain the benefits and musical growth you get from doing things like playing with other musicians, performing in a band or being part of a show in front of a live audience.

To overcome this fear, you must stop believing in the idea that other people (watching you play) are waiting for you to fail so they can ‘make fun of you’ or criticize you. Fact is, the people watching you play are generally NOT thinking about you at all – they are only thinking about themselves. They are jealous of your musical skills and wish they had the ‘guts’ to play in front of others, like you. No one will really notice your mistakes unless you point them out yourself.

The key is to forget about what others might think and use every time you play for others as an opportunity to improve your performance skills (NOT as a once in a lifetime chance to play something 100% perfect). For instance, if your hands become extremely shaky because you feel nervous, make it your main focus to reduce this problem every time you play for others. Each time you perform, track your results on a piece of paper and measure your improvement. By doing this, you eliminate the concern of what other people are thinking and replace it with a concern for self-improvement. Then, over time you will become more relaxed.

Learn more ways you can get better at performing in live situations by reading this article about overcoming musician’s stage fright.

You’ve now learned how to overcome the fears that prevent many guitarists from taking the next step to become better players. Take advantage of this, by applying what you’ve learned here to move closer to your ultimate musical goals. To get more help with improving your musical skills, take this 7 day mini course about achieving musical goals and speed up the process of becoming a better guitarist.

About The Author:

Tom Hess is a professional touring musician, composer and successful rock/metal guitar teacher. He helps guitarists around the world learn to play guitar online. On his website tomhess.net, you can find guitar playing tips, free guitar resources and more guitar articles.