Test Your Knowledge Of Playing And Practicing Guitar

By Tom Hess


How much do you know about becoming a great guitar player? There are lots of myths about playing and practicing guitar. Guitarists who believe in these myths struggle to reach their musical goals. Those who learn the truth make very fast progress and become awesome guitar players quickly.

Take the test below to see if you are on track to reach your musical goals. 

5 False Guitar Playing Beliefs

Question #1: Which approach helps you reach your musical goals most quickly?

A. Learning from as many sources as possible.

B. Being self-taught

C. Learning from one proven source.

Learning from too many sources hurts your progress (even if those sources are good). Here is why:

  • Your learning becomes random and unfocused. Fact: the order in which you learn new things must be strategically paced and controlled. Constant flow of new information makes it hard to know what to focus on, when to focus on it and when to shift your focus to something else.
     
  • You become overwhelmed from being exposed to too much information. This feeling of overwhelm makes you unmotivated to practice. It becomes easier to learn the next new thing than to actually practice and become a better guitar player.
     
  • Randomized learning makes it hard to focus on specific goals. It also makes it hard to track your progress. You never really know how good you are and what you must do next to get where you want to go. 

These problems slow down your progress and make you frustrated.

Being self-taught hurts your progress in similar ways as learning from lots of different sources. Self-taught guitar players usually don't know what to focus on, when to focus on it, why to practice one thing over another and how to train themselves to reach their goals.

You become a great guitar player fast when you focus like a laser on learning from a single proven source. This keeps you on a straight path towards your musical goals. 

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Question #2: What is the best picking technique for playing scales on guitar?

A. Alternate picking

B. Directional picking

C. Economy picking

D. There is no best technique, they all work equally well.

Many guitarists think that all picking techniques are equally valid. This is false. Some picking techniques are objectively proven to be superior to others. The correct answer is: directional picking. This article explains why directional picking is the best picking technique for guitar


Question #3: What should you do when you feel overwhelmed from having too much to practice on guitar?

A. Stop practicing for awhile to give yourself a mental break

B. Push yourself to learn even more and become more disciplined

C. Practice integrating your skills together

Taking extended breaks from practicing guitar doesn't help you progress. It only wastes time that could be invested into becoming a better guitar player.

You can improve your musical skills without ever taking extended breaks from practicing. You also don’t need a huge amount of discipline to consistently practice guitar. You need to balance learning new things and integrating them with skills you already mastered. This allows you to keep practicing guitar, make regular progress and avoid overwhelm.

This video explains what it means to integrate your guitar skills together:


Question #4: What improves your guitar speed the most?

A. Practicing to a metronome

B. Using the right guitar speed exercises

C. Time and patience

D. Mastery of guitar technique fundamentals

Practicing with a metronome tests your guitar speed…it does NOT develop it. Guitar speed is a byproduct of mastering guitar technique fundamentals. Practicing over and over with sloppy technique ingrains bad habits into your muscle memory and makes fast playing impossible.

To build your guitar speed, you must know what guitar technique elements to focus on and how to train them. This step requires lots of attention to detail and builds the foundation for playing guitar fast. The next step is to bring up that foundation to higher tempos using a metronome. 

This guitar speed guide shows you how to double your guitar speed and cut your practice time in half
 

Question #5: What is the fastest way to master fretboard visualization for guitar solos?

A. Memorize all the notes on the guitar fretboard

B. Master a single scale all over the fretboard

C. Learn as many new scales as possible

D.Learn lots of new guitar licks from guitar players in many different styles

Fretboard visualization is the ability to play and improvise in any area of the guitar neck. Memorizing note names on guitar does not improve your fretboard visualization. Note names don’t help you visualize scale patterns and stay in key during a guitar solo. Mastering a single scale all over the guitar helps your fretboard visualization the most. When you see the guitar neck as ONE interconnected scale shape, improvising guitar solos becomes easy. 
 

What you should do now:

  1. Make a list of the guitar playing myths you failed to identify in this test. This helps you know what to focus on to improve your playing fast.
     
  2. Don’t be hard on yourself if you answered many questions incorrectly. You now know what to do to improve your guitar playing and become a better musician. This is cause for excitement!
     
  3. Implement the tips in this article to get on the right track towards your musical goals.

This guitar playing assessment helps you learn more about your musical strengths and weaknesses. 


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