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Seven Common Mistakes Guitar Players Make

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In the video below, guitar instructor Nate Savage of GuitarSystem.com calls attention to seven common mistakes guitarists make.

"This lesson covers seven mistakes guitar players make—and how to correct them," Savage says. "These tips apply to guitarists of all skill levels, from complete beginners to experienced professionals.

"If you are just getting started on the guitar, these tips are going to help you avoid bad practice habits so you can make progress faster. If you've been playing for a while, these tips are going to help you get some bad habits out of your practice routine, so you can make faster progress too."

Savage's points go from the conceptual, such as "Not Setting Goals," to the very specific, including "Strumming/Picking from the Elbow Using All Downstrokes." Check out the rest of the mistakes below.

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Damian Fanelli
Damian Fanelli

Damian is Editor-in-Chief of Guitar World magazine. In past lives, he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor. He's written liner notes for major-label releases, including Stevie Ray Vaughan's 'The Complete Epic Recordings Collection' (Sony Legacy) and has interviewed everyone from Yngwie Malmsteen to Kevin Bacon (with a few memorable Eric Clapton chats thrown into the mix). Damian, a former member of Brooklyn's The Gas House Gorillas (opens in new tab), was the sole guitarist in Mister Neutron (opens in new tab), a trio that toured the U.S. and released three albums (opens in new tab). He now plays in two NYC-area bands.