For decades the guitar has been synonymous with rock ‘n’ roll. The blaring guitar riff is probably the first thing you notice about most rock songs. It has inspired numerous musicians to plug in, but how difficult is it to play this instrument? Here are a few of the best ways to learn the guitar.
The first step towards learning the instrument is quite obvious. Buying the guitar that fits your needs best is essential. If you are not fully committed to pouring time and effort into this venture, buying a used guitar would likely be wise. Try both electric and acoustic guitars to see which one you like best. Many beginners find electric to be more enjoyable due to the energy and ease the guitar provides.
Learn Simple Chords
Once your guitar of choice is in your possession, it’s time to learn a few simple chords. Learning these open position chords or “beginner chords” is all about figuring out where to put your fingers on the appropriate strings. While doing this you are building muscle memory and beginning to get a knack for speed and timing. All of these are crucial elements in learning to play guitar.
Learn Real Songs
Maybe the most rewarding part about learning to play this instrument is the ability to play some of your favorite tunes. Whether it’s a simple but memorable riff like “Smoke on the Water” or “Seven Nation Army,” being able to mimic rock classics is as fun as it gets! Starting out by learning to read guitar notes is the suggested route, but for many jumping right into some known tunes can be the way to go.
Practice Makes Perfect
It’s true, practice can make perfect, but when learning guitar it’s time to throw out the idea of setting aside practice time. For today’s busy adults or children, it’s difficult to set the needed time aside each day. Instead, turn the instrument into part of your life or regular routine. Don’t plan to practice for a half hour at a set time. Instead, pick up the guitar and give yourself time to practice whenever you have a spare moment. If you practice this way you will likely be very surprised at how much time you can spend honing your skills.
Refrain From Relearning
For most beginners, the tendency is to start songs or sheet music from the top. We play until we slip up or not like how something sounded. It may be hard to re-train your brain, but try to power through and keep playing until the end of the song or music. When you continue to stop and start the song over and over, it usually means you are only practicing that part of the tune.
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