How can i be better?

How can i be better?

How can i be better?    04:09 on Thursday, November 15, 2018          

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Posted by martinbaker2727


This is my first post here. Hope this is the right place.

I came here looking for some advice. I've been playing the guitar for a few years now, on and off. I learned how to read tabs (can't read sheet music) and I can learn most songs I want to that way.

I'd like to improve, however, but I'm not sure where to start. I can't afford private lessons, and when I had them as a teenager I was basically only taught how to read tabs.

Any advice on what I should look for to improve my skills and be able to do things like improvise? Is it important to know how to read music properly?

Thank you in advance!

Re: How can i be better?    00:37 on Friday, November 16, 2018          

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Posted by Scotch

Yes, it's important to learn to read music. When I couldn't afford to take weekly lessons, I asked my teachers if I could switch to every-other-week. The teachers agreed, and it worked out well.

Re: How can i be better?    23:36 on Monday, December 17, 2018          

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Posted by Hikari-2018

I have been playing piano for nearly 3 months, absolutely it is quite hard, it is not easy like I thought. But after 3 months I think I also know learn lots of things, not about piano, I also have learn how to patient, have felt really relax when I play it.
Now I would like to say i can play piano when I meet my friends, not only guitar and violin.
Perhaps, you would love to see my journey when I felt in love with Piano.

Re: How can i be better?    10:09 on Sunday, January 6, 2019          

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Posted by SamsMusic

Find a way to attend music lesson, even if you have to work part time just to afford it.

Re: How can i be better?    01:00 on Wednesday, January 16, 2019          

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Posted by Hotboy

If you can afford to own a guitar, you can afford a lesson.

Re: How can i be better?    12:44 on Tuesday, January 29, 2019          

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Try to visit any nearby guitar teaching class.

Re: How can i be better?    03:53 on Wednesday, January 30, 2019          

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Posted by JasonHoll

Hi.. you can try learning lessons from online classes if you can't afford private class.

Re: How can i be better?    10:57 on Wednesday, August 7, 2019          

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Re: How can i be better?    12:15 on Saturday, November 9, 2019          

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Posted by zigzagman

Nobody is really answering the question. You have two options. Option one is to learn some scales (start with the pentatonic) and play them in keys that match whatever chords are going on in a backing track (There's a lot of them on youtube.) This will give you a basic understanding of composing riffs on the fly while making sure the notes you play sound good with the music, but it gives your soloing a more formulaic sound.

Option two is to wing it. This option takes longer to sound good and requires more attention and practice from the musician, but improvising over a backing beat without relying on structured scales will ultimately make you more familiar with your instrument and ensure that your sound is completely your own.

Either way, if you're looking to learn soloing, you should practice some scale forms. Even if you choose not to use them, the muscle memory of playing scales will help you jump to a complimentary note instead of freezing when you're not sure what to play next.


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