Here is another Friday 10-second tip for you to enjoy…
Yesterday I talked about the 5-Point Musicality Checklist.
Here’s a useful little mini tip from inside of that checklist.
This will help you become more musical in a way that most highly skilled guitarists are. It’s all about…
Thinking ahead as you play
I’ve found over the years that most people who struggle to play musically often only think about the current note or chord they are playing.
When they go to change chords/notes, they almost panic as their fingers quickly need to move.
Pro players, on the other hand, have the ability to play the current note but also think ahead to the next fretting hand movement.
I know, in the midst of a song, thinking ahead can be very difficult to do.
It can almost feel like juggling, tap dancing, and singing the national anthem at the same time!
Yet, thinking ahead is a subtle but critical step for making the music you play sound as musical as possible.
The simple reason is that thinking ahead can help eliminate unwanted pauses and errors.
So, try it yourself.
Take a snippet of a piece of music you know and see if you can think ahead a little as you play it.
Slowing it down is helpful here.
When you get good at doing this, it can be like removing a blockage from a pipe, and just like water flowing freely, the music you play can start to flow better too.
It’s a subtle tip, but a powerful one.
Give it a try.
I cover some detailed steps on how to do this in the 5-Point Musicality Checklist (in a very simple way) in a new Dan Thorpe Acoustic Academy lesson.
The lesson will be out on the 1st of November.
Here’s the link to find out more about the academy…
Have a great day of practice!
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