Happy New Year!

Posted: December 24, 2010 by Paul H in Tips & Tricks

Merry Christmas!

And a Happy New Year!

You may not know it but there is a huge opportunity just around the corner, a New Year. Now is the time to create some resolutions, and resolutions are very important, even if you don’t follow through 100%. Let’s say you only follow through 20%, that’s still better then no resolutions at all, right?

Here’s an opportunity to look at the last year, see what we’ve accomplished and adjust our path. If we don’t adjust we continue down the same path that got us where we are now. If you’re completely happy with where you are now, then you don’t need any resolutions. But, if you’re human like me, then I’ll guess you aren’t completely satisfied. There are always some areas to improve. It’s the way we are as humans, never completely satisfied, we are insatiable. So why not go for it and make some resolutions.

It’s important to make resolutions about relationships, doing the right things, being a better person. Resolutions about exercise, eating right, being healthy, but we are guitar players so we need guitar resolutions too.

Here are a couple of my guitar resolutions:

1. I’m going to practice more regularly. Things get in the way and even though having a guitar in my hands is my job, I haven’t been working regularly at playing better. Regular practice is the secret to getting better.

2. I’m going to finish my new album “Mindscanner.” It’s been on the back burner for a while; I just need to add some drums and solos and mix.

3. I’m going to get out and play more gigs. I’ve been a studio rat and my Boss pedals job is moving to the side so I can do more playing.

Those are some of mine resolutions, what are some of yours? Talking about these with your friends and family is important because doing that will force you to take your resolutions more seriously. Good luck!

As a Christmas gift here are the tabs for my Downhill Picking exercises from the Power Tools section of the site. Practice these over and over massively, these will build picking speed and right and left hand synchronization. Use a metronome, push yourself, but always slow down and check that you are playing clean and perfect. You don’t have to think about these, play ‘em while watching TV, whatever. They’ll improve your motor skills. Think of them as a treadmill or an elliptical trainer for guitar. They work!

Downhill Picking

Merry Christmas!!

  1. bingefeller says:

    Happy New Year, Paul! I look forward to reading more of your blog entries and hopefully hearing some more Boss Tone Radio Podcasts. Best wishes, Gareth.

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