It seems that more people are attempting to play the guitar by themselves. With Youtube and other video tutorial sites, it’s very easy to find free lessons.
One of the issues though with practicing the guitar alone is you can miss the accompaniment of other musicians. You often need this so you can understand the timing as well as improving your rhythm.
Sometimes you can drag a friend around that will help you out, but for those that love to jam alone, you’ve probably heard of (or attempted) looping.
Most guitar looping pedals come with way too many functions and buttons and it can be a bit daunting to start with. The best pedals though make it was very easy to start with.
With the Boss pedals, you simply tap the right pedal to set the tempo required, left button to begin recording and left button to stop. Straight away the loop you have just created starts playing.
Once you get the hang of looping, you can have some amazing jams with yourself. Even if your rhythm is terrible, looping will give you the time and space to be able to improve without getting frustrated.
My advice to get going in three easy steps is:
Simply start by laying a simple melody on the b-string. Anything will work, but make sure your using the tempo guide (usually in the form of an artificial drum track).
Layer a new track over your existing loop. Keep going to get this to get this sounding good, but you’ll get it.
Just keep at it. Like anything that is worth doing well, you need to keep going, stay absorbed in the music and don’t stop till you are happy with how you are progressing.