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I’ll also show you 3 great exercises for your practice routine! Practice every day to improve your guitar playing! These tips & tricks will help with dexterity, rhythm and help you become a confident strummer. These are the best finger exercises for guitar and the best strumming exercise for beginners and improvers!
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One of the biggest mistakes that I see beginners make is they try to do everything at once. For the fastest improvement, you need to learn to break things down. The most obvious way to do that is to separate your hands into your chord hand and your strumming hand.
For your chord hand, we want to practice silent switching. That means switching from chord shape to chord shape without worrying about the rhythm, just focusing on the motions. Once we’re comfortable with that, we need to learn to test each string to make sure that our chord shapes are all ringing properly. In order to switch chords seamlessly I recommend trying the “chord switching game” which I’ve gone over extensively on this channel, in my ebook and in my beginners course.
Rhythm is a little bit more mysterious because we can’t really see it. It’s something we have to learn to feel, and developing our internal sense of rhythm is a priority. So many people focus on the downstrokes and upstrokes but that comes after having a solid rhythm foundation. We can work on it using clapping exercises, counting along to songs and by learning to say strumming patterns. Once our internal rhythm is sorted, we can add the downstrokes and upstrokes and work on the mechanics of strumming. It’s actually pretty simple at this point. The internal rhythm is really the big thing that holds people back.
Once we’re good with chords and strumming separately, we need to learn to put them back together and that’s where my song tutorials come in. I’ve kept that in mind the entire time. We work through the songs in a way that builds up and puts it all together slowly.
Here’s a list of easy song tutorials you can try this with:
Wonderful Tonight – Eric Clapton
Zombie – The Cranberries
Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd
Perfect – Ed Sheeran
Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison
Viva La Vida – Coldplay
Good Riddance Time of Your Life – Green Day
Hey Ya – Outkast
Wonderwall – Oasis
Hey Soul Sister – Train
I’m Yours – Jason Mraz
No Woman No Cry – Bob Marley
Fast Car – Tracy Chapman
Stand By Me – Ben E. King
You Belong With Me – Taylor Swift
Country Roads – John Denver
When I Come Around – Green Day
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