It is that time of year when resolutions are made. So here are my guitar resolutions for 2016.
Yes it is that time of year when we decide what resolutions we are going to make (and break) for the year ahead. So in the spirit of the moment I have had a think about my guitar resolutions for 2016. The ones the I feel will make the most difference to my guitar playing and perhaps, more importantly, I am likely to keep!!
So with out further delay here are my guitar resolutions for 2016.
1. I will learn something new on the guitar every day.
I must admit I am not the best at trying to discipline myself to learn something new on the guitar each day. I am inherently lazy and so tend to play the same thing over and over again. I am therefore going to try and break out of this habit and learn a new technique, chord, scale, song or riff each day. To aid me I am going to check out the resources available online and the best ones, the ones that help me the most I will share on these pages. I have already started to do this with two recent articles on the CAGED chord system and alternate picking.
2. I will not be sloppy on the guitar.
I have been playing guitar for a long time but have to admit my technique is often sloppy. Slurred and bum notes are my forte because I don’t make the effort to tidy up my technique. This is just laziness on my part, and a lack of putting in the practice. So I will resolve to put that right.
3. I will use distortion sparingly and not as a way of covering up my sloppy playing.
I love distortion! I love the sound, the punch and tone it provides is fantastic. However, I use it to cover up for some of my sloppy guitar technique. So I will pull back on the distortion and go clean for more of my playing!
4. I will search harder for the best guitars and gear.
I have been amazed by the truly innovative guitar makers out there who are using interesting techniques and raw materials to build their guitars. It is these guitar innovators that we will try and cover more as these are really the Top Guitars that this site was created to report on.
5. I will resolve to finally finish building the Guitar kit.
As frequent readers will know I purchased a build your own electric guitar kit which I have subsequently failed miserably to complete. In fact it resides under the bed in more or less the state it was purchased. This is the year that I will finish this guitar and use it in anger.
There you have it my Guitar resolutions for 2016. Not an exhaustive list but a list that I hope to stick to and hopefully by the end of 2016 I can reflect on the fact that my guitar playing has vastly improved whilst strumming my newly built electric guitar.
Happy New Year to you all!
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