Are you taking an honest look at your technique before you practice? By working on the fundamentals, you’ll get much more out of your routine

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Consider this Day One, a return to factory settings, a reboot for your playing. We run all kinds of lesson on GW but now we're taking things back to the fundamentals – a preflight check before you pick up an electric guitar for some woodshedding.

Before skipping ahead and losing sleep on the finer points of sweep picking, here are the things you’ve got to get as good at, and to stay focused on. And number one is a non-negotiable.

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Chris Bird

Chris has been the Editor of Total Guitar magazine since 2020. Prior to that, he was at the helm of Total Guitar's world-class tab and tuition section for 12 years. He's a former guitar teacher with 35 years playing experience and he holds a degree in Philosophy & Popular Music. Chris has interviewed Brian May three times, Jimmy Page once, and Mark Knopfler zero times – something he desperately hopes to rectify as soon as possible.