No Time To Play Your Guitar?

No time to Play Your Guitar?

play guitar; if the owl can find time then we can. Life keeps me so busy. I am so tired in the evening. Whatever the reason is. Don’t say it! That’s why we’re here at acoustic guitar odyssey. This site promotes the power of a positive approach. Believe you can do it and you will, right. Plus, I would bet that if playing your guitar even a little bit has a positive effect on you, it will rub off on others close to you.
Reflecting on the exercises in the July blog. They are not easy. If they are use the variation at the next difficulty level. These are meant to be worked on over a long period of time, to learn and re-learn. Also, I am doing these right along with you. Find these at . I even play them on my tenor ukulele and lap steel. [ This requires some adaptation for tuning, but the process is the same. ] So, continue working those guitar exercises. They will give you the power to get to the next level on your odyssey. To paraphrase ‘The Who’, “pick up your guitar and play”. Start again or continue today. Let us lose the ‘no’ in no time to play guitar!

We can’t all devote large blocks of time to practice, but short sessions are fine. The shorter they are the more focused you should be about what you hope to accomplish in those allotted minutes. Have a plan. It could be an exercise, getting comfortable with a chord sequence, learning to play a new riff, starting to learn a new song or classical piece, etc.. Our styles and musical tastes differ, but our goal is the same, to play your guitar again. I suggest that you make a short-range goal slightly challenging, but attainable. If you do not finish what you planned for your practice, simply continue with it the next time. Think of Bill Murray in ‘What About Bob?’. Baby steps are OK when needed. We are just preparing the ship for your personal guitar odyssey.

Guitar Tips.

Guitar Tip #1. Sometimes, when you don’t have a guitar available, visualize yourself playing your guitar. Yes. Visualize. Not air guitar. Maybe use your forearm as a proxy fingerboard and play a scale, or the exercises from the July blog.

Guitar tip #2. This is a fun one. I used to have my Suzuki kids, and parents, try this. Put a flattened two page sheet of newspaper on the floor. Then, using only your fretboard hand crumple it up as small as you can into the palm of the same hand. This exercise strengthens the grip. Do it with just the picking hand also, especially if you pick with your fingers.

This blogs musical quote:

keep calm and play guitar

See practice as positive, positive, positive. Now find time to play your guitar.
“Embrace your passion at acoustic guitar odyssey and play guitar again.”

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Author:Jerry George

Guitar Exercises and Tips.

Guitar Exercises, Tips, and Motivation.

guitar exercises Hello subscribers, readers, and visitors. Let’s embark on this acoustic guitar odyssey. Fret up! To set our course I like building / thinking guitar exercises. If you are thinking the odds are stacked against  you, fugget aboud it! Together we are unswerving, dedicated to “pick up my guitar  and play” again, even if for only fifteen minutes a day. Your comments are welcome and encouraged.


Guitar Exercises.

Exercise 1 builds fretboard note identification, finger strength, and fluidity. Exercise 2 is for smooth chord shifting. If you want a good fretboard map you can find many online available for download. Here is one that is  easy to read – . This app is also very useful, a fretboard note recognition trainer – .

Exercise 1 – Beginners:  On the high ‘e’ string only. Play a chromatic scale ascending slowly, beginning with the open 1st string E, then fret 1,2,3 ,4, and so on, continuing to the 4th fret ‘g sharp / a flat’. Pay attention to your tone production, always strive for good tone. As you play each note, say the note name.  Fretting hand: open E  – say E, fret 1 – finger #1- say F,  fret 2 – finger #2  – say F sharp, fret 3 – finger #3 – say G,  fret 4 – finger #4 – say G sharp.  Then play descending, from 4th fret to open string, spoken order = A flat, G,  G flat, F, E. Picking hand:  Alternate fingers {i} index, and {m} middle. For plectrum style, alternate down and up strokes with pick. Play each note slowly and clearly, and with even count. Increase tempo gradually as the exercise is repeated. Next day repeat 1st string exercise to reinforce, then use the same exercise on the 2nd string B. Each day repeat what you have done and move on in succession to the next string.

Exercise 1 – Intermediate: Do the same as above for a beginner, but after fret #4 do frets 5 through 12. Fretting hand will finger 1,2,3,4 at frets 5 through 8, and repeat fingering again with frets 9 through 12.  Say out loud or think of the note name as you fret the note. [Say note names as naturals and sharps.] Pay attention to keeping the shifting to 5th and then to 8th position smoothly and even with tempo. Play reverse from 12 down to the open string. [Say note names as naturals and flats.]

Exercise 1 – Advanced: Do the exercise  as above for an intermediate guitar player, but as you fret, say/think note name and visualize the note as written on a music staff. [i.e.  If you can read guitar notation. ]

Exercise 2 – Beginner: Practice a simple I, II minor, III7 chord progression [ i.e. C, Dm, G7 ], changing chords in time with the tempo you choose. Intermediate and Advanced: Play the progression in other / all keys. [ P.S. May use altered chords. ]  

Exercise 3: Important! Play Guitar. Play a song or something you already know. Can you improve something in it? Have Fun!  Remember that you do not have to do all of these in one session. Whatever time you can put aside to play your guitar is quality time with your instrument.

Guitar Tips: 1. Clean your guitar. Get cleaning tip at .

2. Do the guitar exercises at an appropriate level.


This blogs famous quote: ““I practiced two or three hours, sometimes none, sometimes six. It was very varied.” ~ Julian Bream

“Embrace your passion at acoustic guitar odyssey and play guitar again.”


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Author: Jerry George