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July 14, 2010

Practice Makes Perfect - My Personal Experience

Note: This is a "guest blog post" written by Alex Bonari, and Robert had nothing to do with the content of this post.

When I first started playing the guitar, I was so excited about being able to play my favorite songs and impressing friends and family, then reality set in. After the first lesson, I realized that this dream of whipping out my guitar and playing requests effortlessly was going to be tougher than I thought. The realization of how much practice it would take to get really good became more and more apparent with each session with my seasoned pro.

Teaching your hands to do two things at once

There is only one way to train your brain to do two totally different and extremely difficult things at once and that is to practice, practice and practice some more. Getting one hand to consistently work the neck of the guitar and transition strings into an myriad of chords all as the other hand keeps perfect rhythm, strumming fluidly, can only be achieved through consistent practice.

Calluses ARE your friends!

Another surprise was the pain! Many beginners don't think about having to use your soft fingertips on metal strings causing such soreness and tenderness. This is all part of building up calluses so you can play for long periods of time without stopping. The only way to get these coveted calluses? You guessed it, practicing regularly!

Turning frustrations into something fantastic

Of course, by the third lesson, after not getting my hands to cooperate, I was ready to throw my brand new guitar through a plate glass window. Instead, I pressed on and after a month was able to play a full song without one mistake, it was as if something clicked and my brain had finally caught on. Practicing guitar regularly, is unfortunately, the only way to improve as a player so you too can impress your friends and play like a rock star!

Bio: Alexis Bonari is a freelance writer and blog junkie. She is currently a resident blogger at onlinedegrees.org, researching areas of accredited online degrees. In her spare time, she enjoys square-foot gardening, swimming, and avoiding her laptop.

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Posted by Robert Renman on July 14, 2010

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