How to become a GREAT guitar player in 2023
If you're reading this, chances are you're either already a guitar player wondering how to get better or you're considering taking up the instrument. Either way, I'm here to help!
There's no denying that learning to play guitar is a rewarding and challenging journey, but with the right resources and mindset, you can make significant progress in a short amount of time.
As a guitar teacher, one question I get asked all the time is, "What should I focus on to become a great guitar player?" While there are many different answers to this question, I always emphasize the importance of mastering the following three things:
- Learn the names and locations of all the notes in all positions on all the strings.
This may seem like a daunting task, but it's an essential foundation for any guitar player. Knowing where each note is located on the fretboard allows you to play in any key, improvise solos, and understand how music theory applies to the guitar. There are many different approaches to learning the notes on the fretboard, but I've actually written a book on the subject called Fretboard Memory magic which you can find here. Or you can search for it by name and buy it from Amazon if you prefer a paperback copy.
- Learn the major scale in all positions all over the neck.
The major scale is the most fundamental building block of Western music. It consists of seven notes and even if you don't know how to play it yet, you already know it by heart - THAT's how important it is. (think do a deer a female deer...) Learning the major scale in all positions across the neck allows you to play in any key and understand how the scale's intervals relate to the guitar. You will also come to understand positional and relational harmony through getting to know this scale. It's also a great exercise for developing your finger dexterity and muscle memory.
- Learn power chords, major, minor, and diminished triads all over the neck.
Power chords, also known as fifth chords or even 5 chords, are an essential component of rock music. They're easy to play and sound great.
Major, minor, and diminished triads, on the other hand, are three-note chords that form the basis of most popular songs, especially in Rock. Learning these chords in all positions across the neck allows you to play a wide range of music and combined with your knowledge of notes and the major scale - you'll be able to not just memorize positions, but truly understand how the chords are constructed.
There's much more to learn on the guitar, and the journey never truly ends. But by mastering these three things, you'll be well on your way to being better than about 95% of guitar players out there today!
Of course, if you need help - send me an email. I do have a few 1:1 slots available as well as group classes and of course you can even grab my Fretboard Infinity Loop System by signing up for the free demo lesson here!