Guitar Practice Tips from Mr. Satch (Part 2)

And here is Part 2.

There were 2 tips mentioned in Part 1 : “Don’t Spend More Than An Hour On Any One Thing” and “Keep It Fun”. I hope they make sense to you.

Here are the 3 other tips which the magnificent Mr. Satch shared:

Tip 3 – Find The Note Everywhere

“From the exercise, learn how to locate the note E everywhere, on every string.” he quoted.

This is one tip which I really recommend highly and if your thinking of embarking on learning sight reading in the near future, this will help you a lot.

Why is this helpful?

Most of us, when we learnt the guitar, we memorize shapes or patterns especially with scale shapes e.g. the infamous pentatonic box. But, what most of us failed to capture is that that those shapes are made of notes which correspond and are related to every other note in a shape. Not all of us are blessed with super photographic memory and still, over-relying on it will have some consequences in your further advancement as a player. Every position on the guitar fret board on every string are made out of musical notes right? Now, imagine knowing where every note is anywhere on the fret board and would it be wonderful?

So, the next time you want to locate the note E on the B string, A string, D string, on different octaves on the fret board, no problem for you anymore. All you need is to look a bit and there goes the finger. With this in your advantage, finding scales on any key, chords or arpeggios on the fly will be like a walk in the park.

What I did to practice this drill is to find a note anywhere, and locate it increasing the speed every time. The more you do it, the more precise you will be overtime. Good tip there Satch!

 Tip 4 – Stay In Tune

Self-explanatory really. Even a guitar God has to be in tune, no excuses.

Satch mentioned, “When you practice, you’re sending musical messages to your ears and brain. Even when you don’t realized you’re out of tune, the brain does and it sends a little message – this doesn’t sound good. Stop practicing.”

Invest in a decent tuner and stop and check your tuning during your practice because, this will makes you practice longer. And, the more you practice, the better you will be, obviously.

Tip 5 – Run Through Every Chord You Know

“The great thing is, once you get used to this exercise, you’ll literally force your fingers to go from chord to chord to chord—chords that have no relation to each other—and great things can come from that.” Satch quoted.

My take is to learn and expand your chords vocabulary and rehearse them to precision. Mix and combine them with different chords regardless of their relationship. So yes, get a chord book and start exploring. Challenge your fingers to uncharted territories from chord to chord and you will never know what you can find. Anyway, there are so many things to learn on chords which could last you a lifetime.

And there you have it, 5 tips from Mr. Satch. Heed his advice and go surf with the alien tonight. Comments?

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