Want to Reduce Wrong Notes? Here's How!

If there’s one thing that musicians hate it’s playing wrong notes. Sadly, this issue is almost impossible to stop all together, (after all we are human - we’re not robots). But, that said, there are ways of going about significantly reducing wrong notes when you’re playing songs and soloing… And, here’s a short-list for how to do it…


1). Practice new material perfectly… 
There was an old music teacher I had who used to say, “Perfect Practice Makes for Perfect Playing.”

And, the message there was simply this; if you take a slower approach to the music that you’re working on, you’ll find that your memory will be able to recall it in a much cleaner more accurate way that creates higher level perfection.

2). Record the ideas that you’re practicing… 
You should be spending time recording yourself playing guitar, and if you aren’t, start doing this as soon as possible.

When you hit that "red" dot record button, (when the red light goes on), most musicians tense up slightly, generally for fear of making any mistakes.

The good news is that, the more that you record yourself, the more you’ll get used to that feeling of tension and you'll be able to control it. Down the road, the result overall is that you’ll become a lot more confident of a musician from recording.

3). Sing what you play… 
Guitar players (especially rhythm and lead players), are one of the worst groups of student musicians when it comes to spending time singing phrases that they practice.

And, this is so important to do because when you sing a musical idea, (or when you vocalize the rhythmic meter of a groove), what you’re actually doing is internalizing the music and the feel, on a level that your body simply won’t get any other way.

So, remember that one of the best things you can do when it comes down to reaching for playing perfection (so that you learn to get as good as possible at avoiding any wrong notes), is to start singing more.

Spending time singing will help you better internalize each musical passage. And, singing will help your body physically relate to the music in a way that no other practice method possibly can.

4). Say the names of notes out loud…
This is mostly related to scale and arpeggio practice, but it can also relate to licks, melodies and riffs as well.

If you say the note names out loud as you’re playing them, your mind will lock into those notes in a much deeper way and it will also mean that you will avoid mistake.

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