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Success as a guitar player is not a matter of natural talent or luck.
It's not a matter of musical genes or inborn rhythm. It's sticking to a set of fundamental skills that anyone can master. You CAN do this!
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How do you feel when you see someone who makes playing the guitar look easy? Inspired or flattened and want to give up? Never think for a moment you're not good enough or you can never play like them. If you feel like giving up realise that they making playing the guitar easy because they have practiced more.
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If you spend enough time working on something that is uncomfortable, you will eventually realise it has become comfortable. There is no substitute for persistence!
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Knowing what notes make up the chords you are improvising over gives you the landing/target notes for your phrases so you can sound like you know what you are doing when soloing. Start working with two chords to familiarise yourself with the concept into your playing before adding a third chord.

Try C and G to begin with. C = C,E,G (CMajor or Am pentatonic) G = G,B,D (G Major or Em pentatonic)
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How many songs contain the chords of G, C, D and Em? Literally hundreds. Four chords and a handful of strumming patterns gives you access to those songs. Why not add a capo as well? This is just a sample of knowing how a small amount can deliver you a huge return.
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Don't chase shiny objects! There is always the temptation to learn more. And of course there is a lot to learn. However, it is better to apply the things you already know, to integrate it into your playing so it becomes second nature. Study the materials your guitar teacher gives you until you don't have to think about it.
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Guitar picks, guitar strings and different instrument cable brands all contribute to your tone. Experiment with them all, to see what best serves you on your quest for the holy grail.
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Studying/reviewing basic foundational, fundamental skills regularly, will provide you with the rock-solid foundation you need to play any style you choose.
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Following on from yesterday's post about having more than one way to practice a single item, let's take a simple rhythm pattern for example. Here are a few ways you can do this to help you to truly 'get' it and to get it deep into your subconscious...

1) Strum the pattern with chords sounding (stay on one chord)
2) Mute the strings and strum the pattern
3) Move the rhythm to one muted note (open or fretted)
4) Play the rhythm with the note open with no muting
5) Play the rhythm pattern in a musical context (melody line or scale pattern)
6) Use different metronome settings to vary the tempo

You can (and should) use several ways of practicing any technique, lick, chord progression, or even to memorise the notes on your guitar, you want to improve and eventually master.
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Having more than one way to practice a single item is a great way to re-enforce it into your subconscious. Check back in here tomorrow to see how you can do this with a strumming pattern.
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