10 ways to improve your live guitar playing

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It goes almost without saying that your playing skills need to be fully up to speed when playing live. When practicing, you need to focus on a mix of repertoire and core skills such as rhythm playing and basic lead techniques – it’s mostly about making sure you’ve got the basics down at this stage, rather than aiming for next-level practicing. 

With that in mind, what follows is not so much a practice routine or a series of drills, but a broader set of exercises and concepts that’ll help you hone the relevant playing skills for playing live. Read on, plug in and get practicing! 

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