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Five Things That Could Be Holding Back Your Guitar Playing

(Image credit: Robert Baker)

We recently shared a video to help you determine if your guitar is holding you back.

Of course, it’s also possible that your own practice and playing habits are holding you back.

That’s the subject of this video from Robert Baker. In this clip, Robert looks at five things that he thinks are keeping a lot of guitarists from progressing in their playing. He takes you through each topic with detailed demonstrations and TAB to help you follow along.

Among the areas he looks at are picking technique (1:11), practicing musically and rhythmically (5:46), fingerboard visualization (8:11), confidence and ear training (11:35), and your “playing vocabulary”—that is, your stylistic diversity (14:48).

You can grab the complete TAB for this video right here.

As always, we encourage you to check out more of Robert’s videos on YouTube.

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Christopher Scapelliti is editor-in-chief of Guitar Player (opens in new tab) magazine, the world’s longest-running guitar magazine, founded in 1967. In his extensive career, he has authored in-depth interviews with such guitarists as Pete Townshend, Slash, Billy Corgan, Jack White, Elvis Costello and Todd Rundgren, and audio professionals including Beatles engineers Geoff Emerick and Ken Scott. He is the co-author of Guitar Aficionado: The Collections: The Most Famous, Rare, and Valuable Guitars in the World (opens in new tab), a founding editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine, and a former editor with Guitar WorldGuitar for the Practicing Musician and Maximum Guitar. Apart from guitars, he maintains a collection of more than 30 vintage analog synthesizers.