Since we have so many talented players on this forum i had an idea that i think we can all benefit from: what if you could go back in time and tell your self three things to do differently in your approach to learning guitar; what would they be?
Here are mine
1) Always play to a click track, it took me a few years to figure this out; but if you ever plan to record / play with other musicians this is extremely important. Also if your drummer doesn't play to a click track, find a new drummer (regardless how good he / she is), this part took until last year to figure out
2) When composing a guitar solo sing what you would want to play, and then play it. I found going about it this way helps me get out of the box of what most guitar solos i normally play sound like, and brings about new ideas that are more melodic.
3) Ear training is more important than almost any other exercise, being able to hear intervals and what is descending / what is ascending is extremely vital to being a great musician, and will help loads when you want to improvise.
Last year when i was practicing with the band Hedda i came on here to post a short guitar lead that i needed help tabbing out; "ccavera" who has much better ear training than I was able to tell me exactly what the notes were and what intervals they were, this totally blew me away. (old thread: http://www.metalguitarist.org/forum/...out-music.html)
Also Josh's golden advice:
"Anyone can develop a good ear with a bit of training.
I've been blessed/cursed with perfect pitch with regards to note identification, but there's no reason that a good trained ear with excellent relative pitch can't do it better. "
Would love to hear yours
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