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    5 Practice Ideas for Intermediate Guitar Players
    Posted by Jules Fitzgerald - September 4, 2018 - 10:29 AM

    Many guitarists who are past the beginner phase would often find it difficult to determine what they should be doing next. They’ve gone through all the practice material for beginners but they don’t exactly consider themselves pro just yet. How do you go from this intermediate stage to advanced?

    Well, one of the best things you can do is get yourself a guitar that’s a step up from your beginner kit. There are acoustic guitars under $1500 that can help you become a become a better player and make you enjoy your musical journey more. And of course, you need to keep learning, practicing and playing every day. Challenge yourself to go beyond the basics. Aim for mastery.

    You can divide your practice time into four or five areas to make sure you are able to work on various aspects of guitar playing. Here are some ideas to help you continue your progress!

    Increase your guitar knowledge
    Take time to really study everything there is to know about playing the guitar, from music theory and chords to scale patterns and key signatures. Having this knowledge gives you more creative freedom to play and write music because you’re not restricted to playing in just one area of the fretboard. At the very least, you need to understand how chords and scales relate to each other - but really, you should expand your knowledge with theory, chords and scales to gain a competitive edge.

    Develop your technique
    You should be proficient with different acoustic guitar techniques and be able to apply them in your playing. You can do several exercises to improve your fretting hand strength, finger dexterity and coordination. Developing your technique also involves scale picking and speed picking, harp picking, fingerstyle and finger tapping, sweep picking, applying different strum patterns and others.

    Train your ear and transcribe
    The ability to transcribe music depends heavily on being able to listen to it well. With good ear training, you can pick out various chordal structures, know when something is off-pitch and pick out the dynamics in each song. You would also be able to play a song you’ve only heard for a few times. Train your ears and practice transcribing until it comes easily to you.

    Build your repertoire
    Can you play a song from start to finish without making a mistake? How about 10 songs? A hundred? Building your repertoire involves learning to play songs - a lot of them. Learn a new song and master it as much as you can, as often as you can.

    What should be in your repertoire? It would have to include songs you like playing of course, but you also need to expand it with solos, some popular songs, songs from the rock, classical and blues genres, advanced songs to keep you on your toes, ballads and other songs that would show off your skills as a well-rounded guitar player.

    Learn to improvise
    Improvisation involves putting everything together and coming up with a melody, a riff, a tune or a simple piece that’s pleasing to the ears. It’s fun being able to create something on the fly, so work on your improvisation skills - with regular practice, you’ll get the hang of it eventually!

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