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Ideas for a guitar party

guitarist on a stageMost of the people start playing the guitar thinking it will automatically help them be the centre of the party. Unfortunately for them, it is way harder to find motivation for learning to play this instrument than just this. Also, playing the guitar won’t make you the centre of the party; it will just make you the most important person there. But make no mistake, usually all of the other people will have way more fun than you do. This is life, and this is how it is. Although, you can be smart and organise a party so that you’re the one in the centre of it. This calls for a little planning, but it will pay off in the end, trust me. After all, you’ll be able to fulfill your lifelong dream.

Acrobatics (trampoline)

This is quite a challenge, but a challenge many of you will find pleases the whole audience and it is guaranteed that you’ll be the life of the party. It invloves some dangerous moves, so please practice before trying this with the actual guitar. The base point is really simple. You are supposed to do a lot of acrobatics while playing the guitar. Now, when I say acrobatics, you’ll probably instantaneously think of a double backflip or something like that. This is not what I’m suggesting at all. If you’re a decent guitar player and you can incorporate anything uncommon into your playing, you’ll be on the top! That means you could jump on a trampoline, lift some weights with your legs, do squats, whatever comes to your mind. If you’re really adventurous, you could do a double backflip while still playing, but hey, that’s on you, right? So, anything you do while staying in your backyard qualifies, as long as it is unconventional.

Walking guitar

Arrange a walking party with your friends. What do I mean by this? Well, it’s really simple. Pick up your guitar, start playing some catchy tunes and go out, walk, play and dance. You’ll see how people will start coming to you and your group and you’ll probably feel really proud. As a bonus, this is something which is commonly understood as a balsy move, meaning that it takes courage to do so, so you’ll be the main character of this party. And trust me when I say it, you’ll fell pretty good! What are you waiting for? Take your guitar, call your friends and go outside!

You on the stage

What is guaranteed to make you the main hot shot in the room is something called performance; you play on the stage, with everybody looking at you. I’m going for this one whenever I can, but just because I’m an extrovert and I like attention. It is a good thing to do so nevertheless, if you have stage fright or something, because it will help you get rid of it. Moreover, everybody will cheer for you, meaning you’re the one they’re coming to hear. You the most important person that day/evening. Enjoy it as much as you can.

Those are my two cents on ideas for a guitar party where you’ll be the main character, and not one on the side. What are your thoughts? If you’d like to add anything, please do so in the comments below or contact me, I’ll be glad to include your suggestions in the upcoming post!

How kids of a guitarists live?

kid with a dogEver wondered how kids of a famous rock guitarist lives? I know I surely did back when I was a kid. I always dreamt that my dad was respected and famous, that I had infinite supply of money, that there was no worries in life… Or so I thought that this is how kids of a rock guitarist live. I was young and clueless about how the real world functions, of course. Reality is a little different. Let me tell you.

First of all, if you’ve had a father who travelled for a while or even worked long hours, meaning that he was rarely home, you probably know what it’s like growing up without a father. Mine was working abroad most of the time and one thing I know for sure is that I met him as an actual person, not as an idea the moment I was grown-up and I didn’t need a father figure in my life anymore. That doesn’t mean I didn’t love him. I did and I still do, of course, but that simply means that he wasn’t there when I wish he was.

One of the main things when it comes to having a father who is a rock guitarist is exactly this one; he’s touring most of the year and he is almost never home. You start to miss him a lot and want to get to know him more, but there simply isn’t enough time you can spend together. This is the first obstacle in your mutual life.

The second thing is that you have to get over the fact that your dad probably doesn’t sleep with just your mom. For people developed into an adult in a  fully functional home this sound really ludicrous, although it is surely quite normal in an environment which your dad could set up as a rock guitarist. While he isn’t home, he probably has another women. You have to learn to deal with it. That is the second thing.

Now, on the bright side, you probably have a lot of money on your disposal. This is a good thing, but it doesn’t buy you time with your dad and you should be aware of that. I mean, it is just that you shouldn’t expect and reciprocate your time with father with money. That is all I’m saying. Apart from that, you’re probably one of the best standing people in the world when it comes to money. Be smart. Spend smart. Invest smart. Save smart. That way you’ll have even more money in a couple of years and not depend on anybody, still driving a Bentley. That is, after all, something most of the people can only dream of.

That is almost all of the things I have to say about being a kid of a guitarist. There are more points, of course, like the opportunity to travel with him or completely another set of feeling when other kind of guitarist are in question (like Eric Clapton for example) but I’ll leave that for another time. For now, be good and stay happy and positive!

Imitate the Masters

Jimi HendrixNow you probably wondered how they do it. How do they play at such speed, such velocity, such clarity, how do they know which chord to pluck next when they are improvising and still sound great, right? Well, I’m here for you and I’ll answer all your questions. And I will give you some tips that will make you sound like a pro, not only with techniques, but with style of playing.

So how do they do it? Let me just put this here: every great scientist didn’t start alone. He started in an environment from which he could learn a lot. He studied, he fought, then when he know a lot, he started doing some experiments. But which experiments to do when you don’t have enough knowledge to imagine them yourself? You repeat what somebody else did. And you repeat all the other experiments made by somebody else until you figure out something by yourself. It takes some time, money and energy (a lot of it, actually) but it is something worth striving for.

Why would I tell you this at all? Because you are now the scientist, the guitar scientist. Your instrument is your experimenting ground. You should repeat everybody else’s experiment as long as it takes for you to make up something on your own. So you start playing songs by other people. You start learning their improvisations. You play and play, learn and learn. Imitate their style. Look at their moves, look at their faces, look at everything that represents them while they are playing. That is the only way you will learn how to be better when it comes to playing some guitar. Or at anything for that matter.

Now, am I saying that this is simple? No, not at all. In fact, this is one of the hardest parts of learning to play. And if you’re willing to master your playing the guitar, you should really start playing it seriously. Seriously means that you are willing to invest a lot of time and energy. You don’t need fancy guitar for the beginning. You just need yourself. Again, this article is definitely not for the beginners, as beginners still have a lot to learn technique wise. But, as much as you’re supposed to be learning, you’re supposed to be doing as well. Do much, imitate everybody, copy everybody and at some point in time something magical will happen.

How do you pick whom to imitate? That is the easiest part of all of this. Find somebody you like, then start playing like him. If you’re not willing to do that, I’ll write an article in which I’ll tell you a little about the world’s greatest rock guitarists, so you can pick from there. I started with Eric Clapton, picked his style, his improvisations, his chords, his way of making songs. Then I found somebody I like who was similar to him. I did the very same thing again with that other person, and after two or three times I did that while consciously forcing myself to do it, It started making sense and I did it automatically. Somehow I worked my way up to imitating Jimi Hendrix and other masters, and long story short, now I play like a pro. And you will soon.

Good luck my friend, I hope we’ll meet someday and you’ll tell me about your path to success. Or even better, I hope I’ll see you on the top at one point of time!

Fastest way to learn how to play the guitar

GuitarEver wanted to start playing a guitar? Of course you did, you wouldn’t be on this blog if you never thought of it. But wanting isn’t nearly as enough as doing it. So, why wouldn’t you just do it?

There is a slight probability that you might want to be as efficient as you can be. So how do you do it? Here are some of the hints and tips on how to make your learning curve as flat as possible.

Learn chords

Since chords are the basics of every guitar playing, it is absolutely necessary to learn how to play some chords. But first of all, what are the chords? It is a sound your instrument makes when you pluck more than one chord at the same time. Ok, so if you don’t have any musical knowledge when somebody says D chord it probably won’t matter to you at all, right? That is why you really should learn the ABC of music. Once you know that, chords are simple and you can learn the basic ones: G, A, D and C. Once you learn these, you can start playing almost everything. See, it wasn’t that hard, was it now?

In case you are taking me for a liar, you can see for yourself all the songs that can be played with these chords. Here’s the video of a popular comedian rock group “Axis of Awesome” doing their “four chords song” hit!

Play faster

Now you can play songs in a manner of playing them by the campfire and singing with your friends. But what if you want to impress somebody, or if you really want to know how to play guitar like the real-life Jimi Hendrix? Well, then you’ll need to be able to play faster and better. So practice it. I’ll tell you how in just a few moments.

You take your guitar, put one finger on the string and pluck it. Then you put your middle finger on the chord, then pluck it. Then put the fourth finger, then the fifth. After the fifth, you put back the first finger and you do that all day, all night, until your fingers bleed. Then you stop for a few days and wait for the bleeding to stop, at which point you continue to make yourself bleed. Depending on your skin thickness, it will probably take two to three bleeding to be able to say that you’ve mastered faster playing and that you can start playing like a pro. As you can see, it took only two techniques to master this instrument.
Now don’t get me wrong, you’re not a real pro yet. To be a pro, you’ll probably need to learn some musical theory, some classical pieces and some spanish pieces. You’ll need to develop a lot of skills. But that comes later. For now, you should be proud that you can call yourself a guitarist and that you can play almost any song that you think of. There are a lot of resources for getting the chords and solo parts of songs which you can find by simply googling. This is the part where you start playing and learn by doing, without the need for any instructions at all. After all, you are now an official guitar player! Good luck with your future endeavour as a guitarist and tell everybody where you learned it! Also, if you want to read more, there is an excellent article about this here.