Learn how to play the music that you hear in your head.
If you lined up 50 guitarists in front of you and asked them to list their musical goals, you would probably get some very different answers. Of course, everyone is unique and has their own obstacles and challenges ahead of them.
However, the one goal that most of them are likely to have in common is they would like to learn to play the music that is in their head. Amazingly enough, most of these guitarists probably will not even make an attempt to actually achieve this.
Where to begin? EAR TRAINING! There are many different ways to train your ears. Training your ears in a variety of ways is best. A very popular way is to begin to transcribe your favorite songs. This is valuable for many reasons. For now, just know that the process of trying to figure out your favorite songs will help train your mind (and ears) to recognize many different intervals, recognize bad notes, and basically begin to learn how to make the guitar “sound” the way you would like.
Transcribing songs (and just learning songs in general) is something that will take some time to develop. Some basic music theory can make this process MUCH faster. But even with no knowledge of music theory you can still gain some huge benefits from practicing in this way in a relatively short amount of time.
What should you do now? Simple, add transcribing to your practice routine. 5-10 minutes of this a day and you will be much better off than you were beforehand. It is best to choose simple songs to begin with. You can even start with basic nursery rhymes. Anything that gets you moving in the right direction is ok to start with. This is one of several different strategies that I have found to work very well with my students.
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