Don’t panic – it’s normal for your learning curve to slow up periodically. Every player, regardless what the musical preference, recognizes the signs. One day you realize that you’ve played the same song for some time, and you are not getting any better. To make it worse, you don’t try to add other tunes to your repertoire. What’s going on here? You’ve hit a full stop, attained your level, you’re stuck, doomed never to get better and attain your ambition, which is to be hailed as the greatest guitar player that ever played.
7) When I was learning I bought cheap guitar s only. Mainly because I could not afford to pay $500 or more for a expensive hand made guitar by a respected luthier. That doesn’t mean a second hand non-flamenco factory made guitar is no good. For example, I think Yamaha makes good beginner classical guitars that are more than suitable for learning flamenco with an attached golpe plate. I was pretty rough on my guitars so I never got precious about an instrument. When my guitar needed replacing, I just visited the local second hand guitar shop and spend an hour trying out different classical style bass guitar. A guitar does not have to be expensive; it just needs to “speak to me”. What I mean is that it needs to feel comfortable and have a strong tone.
You’ll want to go out and get some songbooks of tunes you like, or even easier, you can go online and get tabs and chord charts. One thing before you start picking your songs: many new guitarists (myself included) pick tunes they think are very cool, only to pick tunes that are to technically sophisticated for beginners. I wanted early Van Halen songs, which are WAY too difficult. Better to start off with Green Day, the Eagles, or whatever else you may like that’s also simple.
I’ve noticed over the years that some guitarists over-analyze theory. Rather than sticking to learning practical, useful and immediately applicable theory they want to know it all. A really good example would be a guitarist who wants to know the historical development of scales. It’s not enough for them to know what notes form a guitar scale and how to use the scale. They also want to know when the scale first came into existence, and it’s historical development.
You’ve probably heard this one before, but most people don’t practice it. Stand in front of a mirror and draw in a deep breath. Notice what expands with your breath. If it’s your chest, then you aren’t breathing correctly. Your stomach should expand while your chest remains still.
Create reasonable goals for the things you’d like to change. If you need to lose weight, commit to an exercise program three or four times a week. If you want to go out more often, find groups to join. The most important thing here is to take action today instead of putting these things off into the future.
Good use of EQ. Protools has a powerful array of EQ tools, so use them in the way described above to scope out a place for the guitar track. You want to keep it away from the other instruments, to fill up as much of the tonal space of the song as possible. If you have multiple guitars in a song, use panning in addition to EQ to keep the areas separated.