Some mistakes can damage your guitar playing experience. In fact, many guitarists nowadays make mistakes more often. After all, how can you stop making mistakes if you don’t know what they are?
So here’s a look at some of the mistakes you might be doing right now that are hindering your ability to learn how to play guitar.
Not Taking Time With Practical Application
I have been seeing a lot of guitar players that are making this mistake. While they are gaining a lot of knowledge, they are not applying it.
When it comes to guitar playing, it all boils down to muscle memory. If you don’t practice the things you learn, it will be useless.
You Haven’t Set Any Goals
If I ask you now if you have set your goals regarding playing the guitar, is your answer yes?
Most often than not, the only goal you have is to simply play the guitar, nothing more, nothing less.
Having goals can push you to do more of what you’re capable of. If you’ve set a goal of playing a song the next day, you will work as hard as you can to make that possible.
You Spend Too Much Time With Playing
Instead of learning about barre chords, you enjoy open position chords more. This is natural because you sound good with it. We’ve all been there.
You are enjoying playing the guitar too much that you can’t seem to stop. Instead of practicing, you’re spending time on things you already know and good at.
Although I don’t disapprove of this, make sure you take it to the minimal. If you can’t, it will get in the way of reaching your goals.
Strumming Down Strokes With Your Elbow
This is a very, very common mistake made by both beginner and experienced players. You’re only using the motion of your elbow with down strokes.
So how is that a mistake? Well, there are two reasons.
Using only the elbow will cause fatigue without even playing too much. This is because you are putting too much force in strumming. I recommend using your wrist instead so you don’t have to put much effort.
Not Muting Any Strings
There are many songs that require you to mute some strings. However, if you don’t make effort in muting any strings, the sound that should have been very good will end up bad.
Well, it’s not that easy to master the muting of strings. If you’re going to learn how to play the guitar, make sure you learn how to do this first.
You’re Not Using the Tips of Your Fingers
In fact, many people will notice that the sound is unclear and buzzy. If you’re not sure why, it’s because the tip of your fingers should be used to make the chords.
Take note, however, that you don’t necessarily need to use the very tip of your fingers and put much effort into it. You should just relax your fingers. The tip will naturally hit the strings.
There you have it, the six mistakes many guitar players are making. But take note that there are many more mistakes that you can make.
If you think your playing is not sounding like what you expect, feel free to ask me for advice.