TakeLessons shares 5 basic steps for preparing for the ultimate goal of shredding on a guitar.
Online PR News – 15-December-2011 – – Despite tons of resources online and on YouTube, most musicians agree that an interactive practice session is much more productive than simply watching a video.
Enter Dave Mustaine: Guitar Prodigy, an app that Wired magazine recently featured as the perfect solution for musicians. Players can simply plug in ther electric guitar, or use the mic with an acoustic guitar, and start playing along with Mustaine. Similar to the original Rock Prodigy app, users can watch tutorials, check note and chord names while playing along, receive instant feedback, and use the in-app guitar tuner.
Following this app's release, Takelessons (http://takelessons.com), the nation's fastest growing music lessons provider, took the opportunity to offer some helpful tips for students aiming to learn to shred like the Megadeath star. The following is an excerpt from the blog:
"The knowledge of practice could be its own college course – become a student of it!
Practice is very important, but knowing how, what and when to practice is a big piece of the puzzle. There is almost an artistic science to training to learn how to shred guitar. Instead of just going in blind, take a break and really think about what needs to be done to make real progress.
The game plan:
Define on a piece of paper the goals, and there is your blue print. Now develop a sub-plan with specific actions, like what to work on in terms of picking, or left hand strength, or arpeggios, chords, theory – whatever it may be.
Take one of those things, whether it be a mental problem or a physical issue, and find a couple of exercises to focus on. Focus is key - stick it out with the sweeps, tapping, and general training.
Listen to ALL types of music:
This is one of the biggest disciplinary problems that people have when learning how to shred guitar. Suck it up and listen to music from the farthest reaches of the universe, so as to start to absorb the vibrations, and then align with the time signatures, rhythms, accents, nuances and techniques."
By providing these tips for blog readers, TakeLessons hopes to continue engaging current students and help with any musical goals they may have. Readers are invited to share their thoughts by commenting on the TakeLessons blog, where they can also read tips for writing lyrics, and comments are also welcomed on Facebook (http://facebook.com/takelessons).
Headquartered in San Diego, CA, TakeLessons is America's full-service music and voice lessons provider. With private lessons taught by TakeLessons Certified™ instructors in cities nationwide, students of all ages can start living their dreams through music. Founded in 2006 to help people discover their creativity and pursue their passions, TakeLessons also offers turnkey music programs for schools and community centers.