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Practice Tip: Tone, Technique, and Timing

It's been awhile since I last posted a practice tip.  Here's something I mention in every group class, but have not put in writing.

Here are three things that all guitarist should keep in mind while practicing.

Tone.  This is the "color" of sound. Your guitar is capable of producing all sorts of tones.  Play by the bridge and you get a sharp, metallic sound.  Play near the fret board and you get a warmer, darker sound.  Play in-between and you get a, well, in-between sound.  The point here is that you are in control of your tone.  Generally speaking, you should find a tone that is pleasing to your ears (and to those that might be listening).  How you hold your pick, how your strike your strings, and where you play along the string will determine your tone.

Technique.  This is the "how to" part of playing the guitar.  You should always strive to play with good technique.  Good technique will serve you well as you progress to more difficult music.  It's…