How To Make Your Guitar Playing Very Clean By Perfecting One Note At A Time

by Tom Hess

Sloppy guitar playing is not as hard to fix as you might think. Here is one guitar practice approach to clean up your guitar playing with any lick you are struggling with:

Step 1 – Choose any guitar lick you want to clean up.

Step 2 – Play the lick at full speed. As you play it, pick one specific note to listen for and make sure to play that note as perfect as possible. Pay close attention to any mistakes that may be causing you to play this note uncleanly. Focus on correcting these mistakes to play the note perfect (even if everything else is not clean).

Once you are able to play the note perfectly, move to the next step.

Step 3 – Choose a new note in the lick and focus on playing that note perfectly. Repeat the process from the previous step until you are able to do this.

Step 4 – Repeat the process from the previous step until you are able to play each note perfectly.

Step 5 – Select two notes from the guitar lick and focus on playing them perfectly. Continue this process by adding one note until you are able to play the entire lick without sloppy mistakes.

This exercise helps you not only play a specific guitar lick more cleanly, but identify the mistakes that cause your sloppy playing. This helps you improve your overall guitar playing, become a cleaner guitarist and feel more motivated to keep getting better.

Notice: you are correcting your mistakes while playing at full speed. This is important because some mistakes only occur at fast speeds and cannot be fixed by slowing down.

Want to quickly become a clean guitarist by fixing the main mistakes that lead to sloppy technique? Read this article about fixing sloppy guitar playing to identify all the common causes that lead to mistakes.

Tom HessAbout Tom Hess: Tom Hess is a guitar teacher, music career mentor and guitar teacher trainer. He teaches rock guitar lessons online to students from all over the world and conducts instructional live guitar training events attended by musicians from over 50 countries.
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