Learn How Practice Lead Guitar To Make Your Solos More Musical

Getting lead guitar technique that sounds great doesn't always require tons of speed and technical playing. Sometimes it's as easy as knowing how to play a few notes with good phrasing so your solos sound musical. Many guitarists never focus on this and taking just a few minutes to learn how it's done makes your playing so much better.

Watch the guitar practice video below and learn how to use this approach in your lead guitar playing, so you can quickly become a better guitarist:

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Now you know how to make your guitar solos sound more creative and musical.

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How To Make Your Guitar Speed Practice More Effective And Enjoyable

It’s boring and ineffective when you practice guitar like most guitarists.

Most guitar players waste a lot of their time and use practice methods that do not help them build speed or enjoy what they are doing.

A lot of guitarists become disinterested in their practice when they continually repeat scales, licks or exercises over and over. When you do this, know that you’re practicing ineffectively. Practicing guitar like this is a demonstration that you lack the understanding of what it takes to fix mistakes and advance your guitar playing.

When you do this, you are really only wasting your time and (even worse) reinforcing bad habits that have to be fixed later on.

Effective practice keeps your mind focused on mastering guitar technique fundamentals. When you do this, you don’t even notice the time slipping by. You feel yourself making progress daily and practicing becomes more fun.

Doing these things makes practicing to increase speed more effective and fun:

Practice To Become More Consistent

When you are only able to play a practice item a few times before you make mistakes… you know you haven’t mastered it. Many guitarists only seek to play an item one or two times before moving on to something else.

When you do this, your playing becomes inconsistent. Practice by playing an item perfectly for at least 10 times continuously. Doing this helps you find mistakes that only pop up when you repeat an idea many times.

Understanding what these mistakes are and how they are holding you back helps you know what to prioritize in your practice. This makes your practice more focused and effective at getting the results you want.

Isolate Your Mistakes

Don’t waste your time practicing the aspects of a guitar lick, phrase or solo that you have already mastered. Identify the specific notes that are giving you problems. Then determine why you are making mistakes with these notes.

Once you do this, you are able to practice them in isolation until your technique becomes refined and the problem is fixed.

Learn The Right Elements To Practice

Finding the correct elements you must practice to master technique and develop speed makes your practice effective and efficient.

The best way to do this is to find a great guitar teacher who can show you exactly what to work on to reach your goals.

The One Important Thing To Practice On Guitar When You Don’t Have A Lot Of Time

You get more results from guitar practice when you work on things that have a lot of transferability. In other words: practice items that help you improve many areas of your playing at a time.

The most crucial thing to work on when you only have little time to practice is cleaning up your guitar playing. This has a lot of transferability.

When you make your guitar playing cleaner, you eliminate mistakes that occur in ALL aspects of your playing. You get amazing results to improve your guitar playing when you do this… even if you only spend ten minutes per day practicing it.

Perform the steps of the exercise below to clean up your guitar playing:

Step #1 – Select a practice item you want to make much cleaner.

Step #2 – Play through this practice item for one minute straight while focusing on any mistakes you are making.

Step #3 – Take 4 minutes to write down all of the mistakes you noticed from the previous step. Be as specific as possible.

Note: Practicing guitar effectively requires you to pinpoint the specific causes to sloppy guitar playing. Many guitar players do not look deep enough when trying to fix mistakes in their playing.

This leads them to practice incorrectly and inefficiently. For example, you might notice that your scales sound sloppy and just assume you haven’t played through them enough.

In reality, the sloppiness could be due to a lack of synchronization in both hands (due to not mastering the movements at slower speeds), ineffective string muting in one or both hands and many other possibilities.

Working with an experienced guitar teacher helps you pinpoint the specific causes to your mistakes so you fix them fast.

Step #4 – Use the remaining 5 minutes to work on cleaning up the mistakes you wrote down from the previous step. If there are several big mistakes, divide up your time to work on them based on which one needs the most work.

Working through this exercise for just 10 minutes per day improves all areas of your guitar playing fast.

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