Does it just take a lot of practice and my hands need to be more disciplined? I taught myself how to play the guitar solo in Smells Like Teen Spirit (by Nirvana), and sometimes I hear the other strings buzzing. I think it’s because either my pick is touching the strings of the guitar, or my fingers on my fretting hand is touching the other strings sometimes. Do I need to practice palm muting more?
Hey B.J., GTARCZAR here. You have essentially answered your own question. Practice is the key. But, more important than practicing is practicing effectively.
You ask a lot of questions on here (some very good ones too!) and I am left with one overall thought regarding your questions; You could really benefit from having a good teacher! You show a thirst for knowledge about the guitar far more than the average person. I can only come to the conclusion that you would make an excellent student!
I have been teaching for a very long time and have a pretty good idea as to who are going to be great students and who aren’t. Judging by the caliber and frequency of your questions I can tell that you would be an exceptional student.
I strongly encourage you to seek out a good qualified local instructor as soon as possible. Be sure that it is someone who is proficient in the style of music that you are into and who has a lot of experience in playing and teaching that style. (rock and related styles)
Ask around at your local music stores about who the best rock teacher is in your area. Try a month or 2 of lessons and if you are satisfied that this is the right person than keep going. If you are not satisfied than find another teacher that you like.
I know of students who would study with multiple teachers to learn as much as possible about different aspects of playing. (some teachers are better at technique and others excel at theory.)
The reason that I am mentioning this to you is that I have seen a pattern from some of your latest questions that leads me to believe that you might be developing some bad habits. Bad habits, once they are established, are extremely difficult to break. A good teacher can help you identify these bad habits and correct them for you. It is so much easier to learn the “right” way to play now, than it is to try and go back later and “unlearn” the “wrong” way to play.
By studying with a qualified instructor you will also learn at a much faster rate. I have seen students learn more in one month of lessons, than they did in a YEAR of trying to teach themselves!
Good luck and keep those questions coming!
on: 13th March 10