I’m a couple of years in to learning guitar now, and it strikes me that there are a couple of things that I’ve learned along the way that have either been important far longer than I expected, or were under-emphasized, but I’ve found them really useful.
I have so, so many, but I’ll share three. What are some of yours? Might make for an interesting thread.
One Minute Changes are still useful two years in
Justin introduces OMCs right at the beginning of grade 1 for the open chords. It seems they might not be useful forever. But I keep coming back to OMCs when I learn songs with new-to-me chord voicings and fingerings.
A new chord can be challenging, but daily OMCs, and after a while the new chord will become automatic. Even a couple of jazz chords now (but not for jazz songs ).
Even when you know a chord, getting there from a new one can be a challenge
You think you know easy chords right, like D major? But then transition there quickly from a brand new chord you’ve learnt with new-to-you fingering, where the fingers are in a new starting position… and mess up the D. One of the fingers in the wrong spot. Whoops, ugly…
It seems that the start of the change matters as well as the destination when it comes to how intelligent fingers are. Practice, practice, practice.
Hand stretching is so important, and so slow to improve
When I started learning, I had really, really bad hand flexibility. I did some of the initial stretching exercises and then stopped. Somewhere along the way I reintroduced 5 mins of daily hand stretching, and it’s been so valuable. When I first tried to play La Grange - which needs a mini-barre on 2nd and pinky on 5th - I couldn’t reach. I came back to it after a couple of months, and I could do it. That was a while ago. Stretching is oh, oh, so slow - but over time, it makes a huge difference.
So share - what are some of your learnings that have been unexpectedly important to you?