7 Things That Changed My Guitar Life Forever

Hey good people! My name is Alon, I am 26 and I play mainly the guitar, piano and harmonica. In the last few years, I was lucky enough to travel four different continents with my guitar while teaching music. The GuitarHippies mission: To get you to enjoy your musical journeys to the fullest. Cheers! Learn Harmonica With Me:

We all have those turning points in our guitar and music life that we thank the moment that we found them over and over. What’s beautiful about playing an instrument is that you pretty often reach those points and you are always finding out about more brilliant stuff that you can do with your instrument.

Today I will share with you the 7 things that changed my guitar life the most. Things that I can divide my time with the guitar to “before” and “after” I found out about them. Let’s start:

The 7 Things That Changed My Guitar Life Forever:

1 – When I Realized How Much Farther I Can Get With Knowledge in Music THEORY

That’s a big one that took me some time to come by. By knowing the theory, and especially the way that the theory works around the guitar, my musical horizons expanded leaps and bound ahead of what they used to be. Suddenly I started understanding how music works, why songs are structured one way or another and how I can use this to my advantage.

Practically, it gave me the option to start jamming with other people and playing lead guitar, to write my own songs easily and much more. Followed this, I can now play lead on a lot of other instruments as well and jam to my heart’s content and that’s all thanks to music theory.

Read more here: Guitar THEORY – 7 Undeniable Reasons That’ll Make You Stop Neglecting It!

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7 Reasons to Also Start Immersing Yourself in Some Music Theory:

 

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Already know some theory and scales? Read about how to apply them successfully in a jam:

2 – When I Started Recording Audios and Videos of Myself Playing

You want to see how you’re really doing and start improving fast? Record yourself. This has the effect of making you feel like you’re at a performance and have to do your absolute best instead of just doodling around because you are going to hear every minor fuck up later in the recording.

Use your smartphone audio recording app, or even better – record videos! This will show you the mistakes visually as well. Make sure you record yourself on a regular basis and you will start seeing results in your technique and your strive to perfection in your sound. You can see some examples on my YouTube channel.

Read more here in this great post on Jazz Advice blog: 4 Reasons Why You Should Start Recording Yourself Today.

Another cool thing that is based on recording is the use of loop pedals. Read here: Start Using A Guitar LOOP Pedal And Unleash Your Creativity!

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That’s a harmonica & guitar recording I made not too long ago of a Green Day song:

Green Day – Time of Your Life: Harmonica, Guitars & Piano cover

3 – When I Started Creating My Own Chord Books with My Favorite Songs

We all play guitar because there are certain songs we love. At the point when I started creating my own books that are made of my favorite songs I was able to always take these books with me, and practice and jam these songs with other people whenever I took out the guitar.

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The chord book took my fun levels to new heights, gave me more motivation to play more often, and essentially made me a better guitar player. I also use them when I play piano.

Read more here: Create DIY Chord Books – Take All Your Songs Everywhere You Go

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Create DIY Chord Books

4 – When I Started Learning How to Sing Better and Really ENJOY Singing with the Guitar

Singing can be enormously fun, it makes you a much more entertaining guitar player, and also has some stunning health benefits as well. Some of us are shy and usually don’t sing when we play the guitar, and some of us do, but what most people don’t understand is that you can learn how to sing much better. Singing is not something that you either got or you don’t, and it’s probably even gonna take much less effort to learn to sing well than it did to learn to play the guitar itself.

Singing is an instrument by itself, and when you’re feeling that you sing well, you’re gonna have plenty more fun when you’re playing the guitar.

Read here for a kick start on the subject: 4 Huge Singing Tips – Sing Much Better TODAY!

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4 huge singing tips that will enable your singing to sound better TODAY

 

5 – When I Started Playing The Harmonica and the Guitar Together

The harmonica was the first instrument that I started playing in addition to the guitar. All instruments that you play will help you with the guitar as well, but the harmonica is the KING of pairing up with the acoustic guitar – they just sound so good together and lift songs to whole new levels.

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The harmonica is an easy instrument to pick up on, and when I combined it with a harmonica holder and started playing them both simultaneously, I opened new worlds of fun and musicianship to myself. That’s what gives you The Musical Edge™ and makes you special as well – harmonica turns heads since it’s such a great instrument. Also – it’s so cheap and so portable that you can easily take it with the guitar at any time.

Read more here: Guitarist? Learn Harmonica! 9 Inspiring Reasons To Do So. And also here: Best Beginner Harmonica – Which Harmonica Is The Best For Beginners?

My personal favorite: Feels awesome, sounds awesome, lasts for years. The Hohner Blues Harp.

My personal favorite: The Hohner Blues Harp. Feels awesome, sounds awesome, lasts for years.

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Check out the Harmonica Jamz video course – an insanely easy harmonica teaching method I developed for beginners. We’ll be able to easily get you ready to jam with other people and play all your favorite songs. Guaranteed to be the world’s #1 harmonica plan.

6 – When I Started Writing My Own Songs and Music

Writing your own stuff is what gave me the “artist’s point of view” on music, thought me to appreciate even more all the songs that I already liked, and moreover, it gave me my own corner in music and being able to play stuff that came out of me and not out of somebody else.

Even though I definitely did not win any Grammys for any of my songs, the feeling that I get from playing my own creations is one of the best feelings of satisfaction that I got out of music. Slowly I am trying to free even more time so I can focus more seriously on songwriting.

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Read here more about writing your own songs and music: Why Writing Songs Of Your OWN? 4 Damn Good Reasons! And also here: The 6 Best Songwriting Beginner’s Tools.

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4 Great Reasons You Should Start Writing Your Own Songs

7 – When I Realized I Have to Practice SLOW in Order to Play Fast

When I learned the importance of slowing down and practicing very slow, my improvement pace and my sound cleanliness have gotten worlds better. This works for any other instrument and not just the guitar.

You think that in order to play fast you need to practice fast? WRONGO. Play slow. Very slow. Like 50 BPM slow – at least half of the overall time you practice. By doing that, you will achieve perfect technique and playing clarity, and get your “muscle memory” realize “how it should be done”. Most people don’t do it and even if they play fast, they can’t play really clean, which is what makes you sound really good – the way recording musicians sound.

Take a minute to read about this principle here more thoroughly. You won’t regret it: SKYROCKET Your Guitar Skills Using This ONE Simple Secret 

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SKYROCKET Your Guitar Skills Using This ONE Simple Secret

That’s it. Thank you for reading! What were YOUR guitar life-changers? Please share with us in the comments.

Peace and have fun!

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3 comments for “7 Things That Changed My Guitar Life Forever

  1. Marc
    December 26, 2016 at 11:14 AM

    Hi, useful post.
    The one thing that changed the guitar for me was when I decided to memorise the fretboard.
    No matter how hard I tried if I began with C, I just couldn’t for the life of me remember them. I learned all the patterns, just not the note names. The Pentatonic scales were hard to memorise, again, because letters were missing. I just didn’t seem logical.
    Then I decided to start at the 5th fret with A and learn the learn the relative minor – why? Because it goes ABCDEFGA, just the same way that I learned the alphabet.
    After that mapping the fretboard and changing keys became a doddle and I had most of it cracked inside a day

    • Alon
      January 2, 2017 at 4:09 PM

      Hi Marc, thanks for the tip. You’re definitely right in my experience too. I did try a couple of “learn all the notes in 21 days” methods but none of them really worked instantly. However, over the years things have clicked together and now when I know almost all the notes in a complete instance I agree this is really a life changer that opens so many new routes on the fretboard and lets you sound MUCH better, especially when improvising and having to think fast on your feet.

      It just takes time though, but I do definitely recommend to start stepping towards knowing all the notes.

  2. Jenny Graham
    December 4, 2016 at 9:06 PM

    Thanks for a great post . Guitar is my life and love and also fall in love with cutie pie ukulele http://www.ukulelebuzz.com shared lots of tips for beginners.

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