Hey beginners (and also every other ability level of guitar player!). Do you want an awesome tip for speeding up how quickly you learn the guitar? Of course you do!

 

One of the problems that beginners have is that they have a lot of very conscious thought processes. The difference between an advanced guitar player and a beginner guitar player is not how many thought processes they have, it is how many conscious thought processes they have:

 

Beginner player:      Consciously thinking about 100 different things

 

Advanced player:    Sub-consciously thinking about 100 different things. Consciously thinking                                                about 1-2 things.

 

So as a beginner, we are trying to move thoughts from your conscious brain, to your sub-conscious brain.

 

Now, what’s the short cut you have been waiting for? When you are working on a new exercise or song, your thought process goes like this:

 

  • Read the chord you have to play
  • Remember what the chord is
  • Move your fingers to the chord
  • Strum the chord
  • Read the next chord
  • Remember the chord
  • Move your fingers to the chord
  • Strum the chord

 

One step that recurs that is very easy to remove is reading the chord. How do you do this? Memorise the piece that you are working on. Let’s look at the above list (which only covers the first two chords in the song…) after we have memorised the chords:

 

  • Remember what the chord is
  • Move your fingers to the chord
  • Strum the chord
  • Remember the chord
  • Move your fingers to the chord
  • Strum the chord

 

So by memorising it, we cut out 25% of the thought processes that our conscious mind has to do!