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    Dedicated to the culture, business and interests of the indie artist. EVJ delivers controversial points of view, hard-news commentary, Industry Insites, artistic prose and photography and welcomes responses (pro or con), feedback and topic suggestions from readers. If you would like to submit an opinionated article, inspired poem, photo or essay to EVJ, forward all copy to Editor ESJ and put To the Editor in the subject field.


    Will You Be The Next Guitar Rock Star?
    By Derek Cockrum

    For many people guitar lessons to learn how to play guitar, becoming the next guitar rock star is a driving motivation. For some, it is the thought of easy money, while others want the prestige or the material goods that come with being a rock star. Regardless of the reason for wanting to be the next guitar rock star, there are a few simple rules that every players should know.

    Practice. Jimi Hendrix, Eddie Van Halen, and Joe Satriani did not pick up their guitars and immediately become rock stars. They first had to learn how to play guitar, and learn to play well, which required regularly practicing their guitar lessons. In interviews, Eddie Van Halen has often said that it has never been unusual for him to sit up practicing all night long, even as a teenager. It takes practice to learn to play like a rock star, and you have to learn how to play guitar like one if you are going to be one.

    Perform. It is highly unlikely that you will be discovered while playing in your bedroom. You never really know how good you are until you join a band and start playing with other people. From there, you need to perform where other people can hear you. Some guitar rock stars have been fortunate enough to have been discovered while playing publicly. Others have earned their contracts through recorded demo tapes. Still other rock stars have earned their recording contracts by first developing a local fan base that helped to spread their music until it was noticed by the right people.

    Persistence. Persistence is a key element in becoming a guitar rock star. Not all bands work out, and guitar players often find themselves looking for a new musical home. In addition, record companies tend to look for the sound that sells, and that sound is always changing. Your guitar playing may not be what they are looking for today, but it could be exactly what they want tomorrow. Keep trying, and keep playing.

    Be creative. A quick glance at any list of the top guitar players will find numerous mentions of the word “innovative.” Don’t be afraid to play with the guitar to find something new and different. If your sound is unique, you stand a better chance at being the next guitar rock star simply because your sound stands out from the crowd. In addition, the unique sound is the one that people can easily remember and identify when they hear it, making them more likely to buy your albums.

    Becoming the next guitar rock star is not as easy as simply wishing for it, but it can and does happen. You must be determined, dedicated, and able get yourself noticed, but the hard work practicing those guitar lessons will be worth it when you sign that first recording contract.

    About The Author
    My name is Derek and I have been an instructor and professional guitarist for the past 11 years. I established How-Play-Guitar.Blogspot.com to help you, (the beginner and advanced guitarist), discover the top guitar lesson programs available that will show you how to really take your guitar playing skills to the next level. I have personally reviewed and tested almost every guitar program out there and have listed my top 3 recommended Guitar Lessons. If you're seriously ready to learn to play guitar like your favorite guitarist, then you owe it to yourself to check out what these excellent programs can do for you and your guitar playing.
    To Your Success,
    Derek Cockrum
    How-Play-Guitar.Blogspot.com

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