what follows are a few tips ,suggestions and stuff..that i think will help every guitarist whether beginner or a pro...to develop his/her skills...
points every guitarist should take note of-
here are the common flaws most of u take up either due to improper guidance,or laziness on ur own behalf.
a)NEVER brace ur picking hand-
bracing ur hand may seem fruitful initially,but belive me it will never even let u have a taste of the dreams u have set for urselves.
b)LOVE your alternate picking(more than u love ur women)-
never ever give up alternate picking,even if u have mastered sweep picking and legato.Try and play even sweep picked arpeggios through alternate picking....belive me ,alternate picking is the only way to achive 'satisfaction' in ur playing.
c)both of your hands our important
dont start exhuberating 'oh just look at my fretting hand's speed...i can play blah blah with legato..
achieving a good fretting hand speed is not hard .What is hard is that ur picking hand should match the speed of ur frettin hand(there u go...LOVE ur alternate picking)...you cannot go on playing every damn lead just with legato ..(or sweeps)
d)try and keep ur frettng hand fingers PERPENDICULAR to the fretboard
only on the last string are u allowed to move them 'parralel'..(or at an angle) (and that too only when u are SURE u know WHAT U ARE DOING ON UR GUITAR!!!!)
e)ALL FINGERS ARE IMPORTANT
dont ever be lax on the development of ur third and fourth fingers .never be satisified with whatever amount of devlopment u might have managed...can u use these two as easily as ur first and second fingers????
to extend this to ur picking hand (for finger picking stuff)...NEVER leave out ur third finger...many people just go on playing with the thumb and the first two fingers only...(just cuz its kinda hard in the beginning to play with the three fingers together.)
f)ALWAYS USE A METRONOME for practise-
this is really important..it will teach u how to keep time..will make it easier for u to play along with other instruments...make u understand how to play triplets ,***tuplets...and most importantly will let u keep a tag on ur performance....u can keep record of ur speed ...compare it everyday...and see how well are u improving.....where do u stand etc.
2)ATTITUDE- (the most important thing ..really)
a)LOVE YOUR THEORY
NEVER EVER ( i repeat..NEVER EVER) shy away from theory...if u dream of blasting away on the guitar ..playing 'what the **** ' leads in front of screaming fans..theory is indispensable....
b)BE HONEST..BE PROFESSIONAL
always be honest with urselves...just cuz it might sound cool and flattering to say 'i can play eruption..' while all u can do bout that song is play the tapping lick in the end,you SHOULD NEVER lie (atleast to ur selves..)
try to be 100% in whatever u play.....dont even leave out a single note ...learn every fill ..every chord ..every pattern of the song ...learn it till u can play it in ur sleep...learn it that u might be ready to play it along with other players....and only then say 'YES I CAN PLAY THAT SONG.'
c)COMPETE with URSELVES...not other guitarists( yeah u might have heard that one sooooo many times)
d)PRACTISE ,PRACTISE,and MORE PRACTISE
nothing should be termed as boring and left to rot until u are no longer good at it....u got to practise EVERYTHING EVERYDAY
e)LISTEN TO ALL TYPES OF MUSIC
yeah yeah i know,i cannot listen to backstreet boys myself....but hey ...u CAN always find interesting bass or lead guitar licks everywhere ...even in gayzone or gaystreet songs..the idea is to become a better musician...not just a guitarist.
f)TRY and jam with other guitarists....even if they are better than u....another thing that will improve ur playing skills
g)NEVER EVER ( i again repeat .NEVER EVER)..think that u know it all...that u have become a gutiar god....learning has no end...
h)PATIENCE,PATIENCE and more more more PATIENCE-
dont become jumpy...again, be 100% in whatever u do....dont leave anything just cuz u couldnt play it even after giving it 1 week or 2 weeks or whatever.......everything takes time..( 'guitar world mein der hey..andher naheen!!!!')
)AND LAST but THE MOST IMPORTANT-belive that u can play ...dont get put off just cuz u read somewhere '..great gutiarist have long ,sleek fingers...short fingered guys shuld forget botu playing gutiar..'..or even that '.u can be a guitar guru only if u started playing before the age of 9...so if u started at 10...you should sell ur guitar..and never look at it again..'(haa look whose talking!!!..)
and yeah ..feel free to add some of ur won 'experiences'..or knoweldge or whatever.......