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Would you like to be a better guitar player?

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Would you like to be a better guitar player?

Hi folks, since I know that there are an awful lot of you out there in Poynton who are interested in guitar, I thought I would post a few ideas on Poynton Live that you might find interesting. This is a personal perspective of course but it’s based on a lifetime of experience and I hope it has some value.

Having played in pop, folk, country, soul and jazz, I am often asked for tips from other players and I have long been interested in trying to spread the word about our favourite instrument. Please remember that I’m not a teacher, nor an expert, just a guitar fan so take it as you see fit.

The most important thing I would stress is the value of constant improvement. No matter what level you’re at you can always do better and whatever you learn adds value to whatever you want to play. For instance, I have been taking jazz guitar lessons lately and it has improved my playing in many ways. I now have a much better understanding of chords and scales, I can tackle soloing without feeling inhibited and it has raised whatever I play to a much higher level (for me that is!)

There’s a lot of ways to learn these days with plenty of books and on-line resources you can turn to. If you can afford a few quid though, in my experience it’s much, much better to get a teacher. You can learn a lot too from watching other players but it really pays to understand what they’re doing.

I’ll try and add some more specific tips in future but one thing you must try is to practice for 20 minutes every day and then stop. Don’t play stuff you know, try something new and in no time at all you’ll find you’re already becoming a better player.

Bye for now,

Les Renshaw.