Anyone can play guitar... Fewer can play it well.
January 24, 2010 12:34 PM Subscribe
I'm an okay guitar player. How can I become a good one?
I've been playing guitar off and on for over ten years now. I started out on bass, and am still a pretty competent bass player. I know how to practice, I can tell what I need to work on, and I can usually figure out ways to improve. With guitar, not so much. I picked up the acoustic guitar about a year after I started playing bass, and not long after, I sort of hit a wall and have never really become any better at it. I can play a decent number of songs, as long as they don't have any barre chords or many melodic bits that require any kind of finger gymnastics. (So, basically, I can strum and keep rhythm okay, as long as we're using open chords only.)
What is the best way to improve? I'd love to get lessons but I'm worried about how expensive they are. Sometimes I'll try to learn songs on my own, but usually, I'll just find things that are already in my comfort zone. When I do try to move past that, I seem to hit the same old wall and get frustrated. I also have trouble estimating what I am actually capable of, in terms of online lessons and whatnot. I'm not quite a beginner, but I'm not advanced by any means.
I don't want to become Jimi Hendrix or anything. But, I do have a few friends who love to pull out the guitar and play some stuff that is good to sing along with, and I'd like to be able to join in without having to sit around staring for every other song.