Why do people give up – two basic tools to help you

This are a result of the survey done by one of the leading guitar site. One of the key skills you need to learn is sense of timing which is evident in both “Rhythmic Strumming” and “Singing and Playing”. When people start to sing along while playing guitar, their strumming suffers. This is mostly because we loose track of timing while singing, even though strumming is correct. In this post, I will give you two tools to improve your sense of timing. When listening to songs pay careful attention to the beats, and duration of gaps between lyrics.

Metronome

When practicing chords and chord sequence always keep the metronome running so that you strike the string at the right time. Once you feel comfortable with the sequence and you can accurately play the chords, slowly increase the tempo.

Beat Sequencer

With the beat sequencer you can readily combine to create the beats similar to the song. Now first only sing without playing guitar, so that your singing has correct timing. In the second step, only strum the guitar and humming the song in your mind. This will make it easier to play and sing with the correct timing.

I have an excellent tutorial on guitar tuning. If it would be helpful, let me know. I will do a post on guitar tuning.
I always look forward to your feedback and insights. So Talk back to me….

82 comments for “Why do people give up – two basic tools to help you

  1. Yash
    December 31, 2011 at 8:49 am

    Hey Thank You for your free help 🙂 Surely will try this out, it will be a great contribution for my learning.

  2. PRAVIN RATHOD
    April 5, 2012 at 10:29 am

    THANK YOU FOR YOUR GUIDE
    KNOWING THE STATISTIC OF GUITAR PROBLEM WITH BEGINNER NOW WE KNOW WHICH ARE THE MOST COMMONEST CAUSE WHICH CREATE HURDLE WHILE LEARNING
    I WAS UNDER IMPRESSION THAT ONLY I AM STRUGGLING WITH THESE PROBLEM BUT ITS COMMON NOW
    THANK YOU FOR GIVING SOLUTION FOR THE SAME PLEASE KEEP SENDING ME UPDATES ON THESE THANKING YOU

  3. rockvj
    May 16, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    nice one…post as much help as u can..

  4. saswat mishra
    May 18, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    hey thanks budy …

  5. Namit Dua
    May 28, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    The survey results really help bring back my confidence. I am finding switching cords particularly difficult. But now that I know its a common problem I’ll work harder. Thanks Anurag Unplugged. U rock.

  6. parikshit
    May 29, 2012 at 10:27 am

    sir can i download beat sequencer and mteronome free , so that i can use them even when i am offline

  7. Chiggy
    June 8, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    I am absolutely a fresher have just brought a guitar and trying to learn from net !
    Can you guide me !
    Meaning to say What should be my learning process step by step !
    How do i start etc !

  8. Shashi
    June 18, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    Seeing survey report iv found that it is common problem switching chords fast and rhythemic strumming. that gives me a little bit confidence that and feel this is teething problem. i m sure it’ll go with practice. thanks for motivation

  9. vivek
    July 22, 2012 at 8:15 am

    plz, help me in various stumming pattern starting from basic stuming patter….& perfect gap/time between stumming pattern….atlst plz send me 3-4 stumming patterns….

  10. bhaskar
    July 27, 2012 at 11:19 am

    thank u sir,this tool seems quite helpful

  11. Someprokash
    August 13, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    Thanks for your support.I’m playing chord( very few)and finding it difficult to change chords!I do play Hawaiian version too.Hope to overcome the problem with practice soon.Thanks for your concern.

  12. Jaggs
    August 17, 2012 at 10:31 am

    great post sir. thanks. I’m looking for a learning plan for beginners. Various sites builds more confusion, is it possible for you put together anything like that along with estimated approx time. Please help.

  13. Devendra
    September 8, 2012 at 12:35 am

    you are scientist of guitarology. all the nurve of guitar in your mind. great! hope i will learn to playing.

  14. Harry
    September 13, 2012 at 9:50 am

    Thank You it will be a help full for my learning

  15. Vashudev Manna
    December 30, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    Thank you for give me the metronome

  16. CMA AMIT CHAND
    December 31, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    Because i am beginner so that it really very helpful to me
    Thank You

  17. milind
    January 3, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    Sir,
    I want to know what is the order to learn guitar i.e. first i should learn chords or notes/scales then rhythem?

    i am confused everyday i practice for an hour playing only scales and memorising i.e. abcdefgabc.

    also my left hand middle fingre is slightly bend, should i quit learning guitar on account of bend in middle finger

    i really love and want to enjoy playing guitar

    thnks

  18. Binit
    February 8, 2013 at 6:51 am

    Thank you very much Anurag jee for such wonderful tools. U simply rock…

  19. Tejas
    May 8, 2013 at 9:53 am

    Thanks for information & such a good tutorials… Request you to explain that how to use these two tutorials.??/ I am getting confused..

  20. Prakash Hirani
    May 16, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    Hi Sir,
    I wants to more about C to B scale for practice like a harmonic,pentatonic scale please guide me sir..
    Thanking you,
    Prakash Hirani

  21. Luke dsouza
    June 23, 2013 at 5:56 am

    Hey Anurag its really helping me out

  22. Joynath
    March 7, 2014 at 11:53 am

    Thank you for this piece of advice. I do find it difficult to sing along while strumming. Will surely follow your advice.

  23. Kailash
    April 18, 2014 at 10:17 am

    Thanks a lot. I am a beginner. Daily I practiced for more than 2 hours. But still I struggle to change chords especially C to G, D to G and C to F. Is there any special way of practice for changing chords fast particularly to G. Advise asap

  24. kapil
    November 27, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    Thanks for advise..

  25. kapil
    November 27, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    I m comfortable with all open chords but want to learn barr chords daily I practice for it but seems to b very hard to learn..

  26. BK PRAKASH
    August 14, 2015 at 3:27 pm

    dEAr. Angel.
    Thanks lots for great valuable support here on for beginners.
    With deap hearty once again thank you very soooo much dear.

  27. jayesh
    August 31, 2015 at 9:27 am

    I am a absolute begginer. can u please tell me which guitar should i buy? my budget is around Rs.4000. I am looking for a semi electric guitar. I have seen Givson Venus special guitar for Rs. 3900. Should I buy it or not? Please guide me with that.
    Waiting for your reply.

  28. January 13, 2016 at 8:07 am

    Thanks you …And I am amazed that how you introspected the exact problems most of the people faces….I am also having the same issue…but the most one is timing as my bpo or office never lets me alone…ha ha..thank you

  29. Alfred
    May 2, 2016 at 6:11 pm

    HI,
    This was a great help.

    Request if you could please mail mail me some good material on:-
    1) how to identify notes of a song.
    2) Clean Strumming
    3) Various Strumming patterns vedios

  30. Cletus
    June 16, 2016 at 9:37 am

    Thanks Anurag,

    “Rhythmic Strumming” and “Singing and Playing” were the main problems I faced when I stopped playing the guitar 15 years back. I have now bought a Yamaha F501 Guitar and resumed, skills are a bit rusted but your advise is helping me a lot. Thank you very much for this post. Can you please explain what is Beats per Minute and how to set it.

  31. jitesh
    August 14, 2016 at 10:18 am

    Thank U V M for respond. Pl send tuning tips. Regards.

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