3 Tips for Learning Guitar

Are you a beginning guitarist but don’t know where to begin? If so, this post is for you.

Lots of people want to learn the guitar, but few take the time to do it. Many never get started because they feel overwhelmed with the process. In this post let’s look at a few tips that can help you get through those first few hurdles and on to playing the music you love faster!

Be Patient and Get Help

No one learns any instrument on their own. Even though guitar is one of the most popular “teach yourself” instruments, if you’ve never played before you’re not going to have any references or tactics for how to approach the learning process.

The solution is two fold. You need to be patient and understand that this is a skill that takes time to master. You also should think about finding a teacher or mentor to help you along with the process. While there are a number of websites that have lots of great tips and lessons (http://guitartipsforbeginners.com, and http://justinguitar.com, just to name a few) there’s still no substitute for sitting down with a real person and getting the information you need on how to finger those chords or scales, or tips for strumming or making the transitions between chords easier.

Here’s a quick starter video to get you going!

Practice Everyday

With that in mind, the second tip is that you need to practice a little bit everyday. This may sound obvious if you’ve ever tried to learn an instrument before, but many new guitarists will play casually and not pick up the guitar everyday.

For instance, many will play for a few hours on the weekend, but then won’t touch the instrument for the entire week! It’s actually much better to distribute the time you practice evenly over the course of the week.

Even if it’s the same number of hours you put in, for example, 30 minutes a day as opposed to 3 1/2 hours every Saturday, then you will get better much faster!

Practice the Basics

Finally, it’s key to remember to practice the basics. That means breaking your practice down into the chords, scales, and strumming techniques you use, rather than just play through songs.

Beginners have a tendency to only want to learn songs, when the reality is that by learning the basics and spending some time each day focusing only on the technical parts of playing the instrument, your repertoire of songs will actually open up much more quickly, since you’ll have more facility with the guitar and will be able to adapt your skills to a wider variety of songs and styles.

 

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