Lesson 21: Some Thoughts
Right Hand Technique
There are three primary ways of using the right hand:
Playing Up and Down One String
Playing up and down one string is something you should check out and practice a lot. Position playing is important but don't let yourself get stuck with position playing as your only approach to playing the guitar.
Playing Other Instruments
Learn other instruments. The more you know about playing different instruments, the more you'll know about what's happening in music and the better you will play. Learn
Listening to Music
Listen to guitar players. Learn how to play and sound like a guitarist. But - and this is perhaps more important - also learn how not to play and sound like a guitarist.
On Playing/ Practicing and Pain
Beware of pain in your hands and arms. Stop playing immediately if it hurts and let your body rest. I'M NOT KIDDING! Many, many musicians have damaged themselves permanently by not listening to their bodies in time!
It is strange that many musicians don't take this seriously. We value our hands and would not think of endangering them in any other way. Personally, I'm thrilled by Harley-Davidson motorcycles. The fear of something happening to my hands keeps me away from them, though, as surely as it keeps me away from chainsaws and many other machines. Remember that your instruments can hurt you too and take it easy!
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