Hey, y’all. It’s Eddie Van Christian here… Well, maybe not but one can dream, right? Well, it’s good to dream but better to HIT THE SCENE. And if you wanna hit the scene, you need more than a dream, you need some chops, right? RIGHT!
So, here the thing. Here are four GUITAR TIPS to get those fingers walkin’, or moving up and down the fretboard.
- Play often. Hey, this might sound like a no-brainer but it bears mentioning, right at the top. Almost any problem be overcome if you devote a lot of time to it. Make time. Set aside time. Schedule if you must but if you don’t practice, you’re not going to get anywhere worth going.
- Get inspired. Inspiration is your fuel. Find it wherever you can. Find it online. Find it among your friends. Find it in old vinyl records. But find it you must. Seek out that which can inspire you to great heights of groove excellence. Don’t wait for it to come to you. It might not. It might delay. Go find it!
- Go to concerts. Concerts are one of the best places to get inspired. Nothing like being there in the room (or stadium) as your favorite artists is shredding. I still remember vividly the concerts my older brother took me to, those magic moments that we all live for, whether sharing them with 20,000 at the fabulous Forum or with a few hundred, standing up close staring at the dudes fret board when I was like thirteen.
- Invest. Let’s face it. You gotta shell out some hard earned cash once in a while for the good things in life. And guitar is no different. You get what you pay for. Think about it: how much joy do you get from playing? What’s it worth to you? If it means a lot, don’t be afraid to shell out for a great axe. I was about fourteen when I went to the Mall in Biloxi MS and saw my first vanilla colored Telecaster with a blond neck. I had to have it. Thank God my parents wouldn’t just buy it for me. They wisely told me to SAVE. So I mowed the lawn and made a few bucks here and there. I even had a little booklet that I notated every time I saved. And finally, I had the couple hundred i needed. Wow-the smell of that case! I had overcome and so shall ye! Make the investment. It’s your life, no one else of going to do it.