Tips For New Guitar Players 4
I’ve been playing guitar for over 40 years. Along the way I have received some great advice. I have also learned a lot of things the hard way and through experience. I would like to share some of that advice with you. These are in no particular order.
Record your playing regularly. It doesn’t matter what you use to record, just make recordings. Computers today are powerful enough to be virtual recording studios, so get an audio interface and get started. Or use a tablet or a smart phone. Recording can help you remember ideas. Many times in my life I had a good song idea and didn’t record it. Then the next day I couldn’t remember it. Recording the ideas prevents them from getting forgotten.
Home recording allows you to experiment freely without worrying about studio costs. And you’ll be more comfortable recording if you actually do go to a professional studio.
Recording also provides a great way to gauge your progress as a player. Years from now, you will be able listen back to those recordings and see how far you have come.
Another great benefit of recording yourself is the memories you’ll be capturing. The between takes talking and laughing with friends will lift your spirits when you listen to them years from now. If you record your jam sessions, you’ll have a record of all the different people you jammed with. Maybe some of them (or you) will become professional musicians some day — and you’ll have those recordings from “way back when.”
You never know when a special musical moment will occur, and if you are recording you’ll be able to catch it, so hit that record button.