What Are The Main Guitar Lessons For Beginners?
I am a Music Fan But a Total Newbie When It Comes To Playing an Instrument
What Do I Do First, Which Are The Most Needed Guitar Lessons for Beginners?
One of the first guitar lessons for BEGINNERS would definitely have to be about how to buy a guitar ... how to choose a guitar. Here, we are talking about an ACOUSTIC guitar preferably - one that can help you learn stuff, not about the guitar of your dreams ... no, not yet. No matter how much you like the look of a guitar, or if you got a retro guitar, or if it is a high tech one, since we basically have to spend time practicing the technique and music theory alone - to concentrate fully on what is to be learned. It doesn't even have to be a guitar that sounds good, remember you are just starting out - and the main thing for you is not to need to apply an excessive force to make any chord sounds and that the guitar CAN BE TUNED properly. The choice of this first guitar is crucial, note you have not yet developed your skills, this guitar has to be a good companion that should make things EASIER FOR YOU and not resist itself when you play it ... it is frustrating when you try to play a guitar that does not let you play it.
Learn To Change The Strings Quickly And Accurately
The second lesson that ANY GUITAR beginner should look for is to learn how to place the strings. Again, it would be advisable to have bought a classic or acoustic guitar that does not bring any additional COMPLICATIONS to place or Change The Strings.
Electric guitars, particularly the ones equipped with a tremolo, have greater difficulty as there are different systems of bridges, nuts, and tuning machines that would make your learning curve be a little bit slower.
At this early stage, you should TRY TO SIMPLIFY the MOST; we have to be able to not get distracted on the road with all the beautiful toys manufactured for guitarists, remember this is a learning zone - you will have plenty of opportunities to collect equipment on the pretext of getting a wider range of tones or alleged pursuit of versatility ... learn to skillfully change the strings so you can do it in a flash - and without taking the quality minutes that you're better able to focus on what you really need to do, what comes next.
Get An Electronic Guitar Tuner
And USE IT All The Time
Third lesson for guitarists who are just starting, Learn to Tune the Strings. There are guitar tuners in various shapes, sizes, styles, technologies, brands, prices, and designed to various applications ... tuning a guitar even with a cheap tuner should not be a problem, well-tuning a guitar using only your ear is another thing - it's a skill that even many experts don't master and need to be developed bit by bit. Make sure you bought an acoustic or electric guitar that is well manufactured and well calibrated to make it possible TO TUNE IT PERFECTLY, and this way your ears get used to the sound of a well-tuned guitar FROM THE BEGINNING.
An electronic tuner is a relatively inexpensive piece of equipment and IT IS EXTREMELY NECESSARY that you have one - it's even very difficult for a trained human ear to tune a guitar as accurately as, for example, a digital tuner would do, and attempting to do so is almost a whim that consumes too much time and energy. In this world, there are only two kinds of guitars: the well-tuned guitars and the out-of-tune guitars, so a more or less tuned guitar is the same as an out-of-tune guitar ... the typical amateurish sound, which must be avoided at all costs - get a portable tuner and use it before and during any kind of session.
Memorize and Practice The Basic Minor and Major Chords
Once you have in your hands a functional guitar, one that is ready to be played, it's time for your first lesson in music theory of guitar. It's time to Learn The Basic Chords, the easier ones to play, those which are the most commonly used in the popular contemporary music. These BASIC CHORDS include some MINOR and MAJOR chords which are played without even using the positions with "bars," which are those that require more hand strength ... you have to put this type of more demanding chords aside for a while until you memorize and are able to play readily the first ones. When it comes to chords the most difficult thing to learn by beginners, aside from make a bar to sound good, is to move from one chord to another chord.
You have to practice until it becomes an automatic function of your muscles ... repeating, repeating, repeating ... it's the only way to tune up YOUR own SYSTEM and there are no shortcuts to this. Now that you have this first set of chords, and in order to learn how to use them, we should Get Some Easy Songs To Play that contain these chord combinations and songs that "MOVE" yourself at the same time. I think the best practice is the one you make with songs you know and you love ... that you once planned to play and they were waiting for their chance - until today.
Once you have a list of several of these songs, it will not be hard to find on the web the guitar tabs where you will find the chords. Check they are centered on the chords you already know and try to follow the song in the tablature ... does it sound familiar?... doesn't it? ... try again! Maybe the song you chose is too complicated or the tablature you found is not correct. When you get stuck, you better MOVE on to another song and then you can come back anytime to try the songs that didn't work at the first shot. Shortly, one of those songs will begin to sound more or less good and from there you'll have to spend some time trying to play it RELAXED, fluently and without reading the tablature ... after that, you can move on to yet another song.
Decide If You Want To Start Playing Using A PICK Or Not
TO MEMORIZE the positions of the first basic chords will be all the music theory you'll need for a few weeks, and to be able TO PLAY these chords will be all the technique required for now. You will have to learn how to play each chord position with the left hand fingers on the fingerboard and the palm around the guitar neck, and how to develop the STRENGTH and SKILLS in order to change from one position to another - anytime and in any combination. In addition you will have to start working the right hand, or at least to strum a number of strings at once to indicate the transition from one chord to another.
At this point you should already be clear on whether you are going to Start Playing using a pick or using your right hand fingers only. Because, in order to develop the right hand, the training in each case will require COMPLETELY DIFFERENT TECHNIQUES. If what you like is located somewhere in the spectrum between pop and rock, then it is almost certain that it would be a good idea to use a pick ... maybe if you are into country music or something less mainstream, or classical or flamenco guitar, you should consider using the fingers of the right hand instead of a pick - as most bassists do.
The right hand meets the essential role of being the one that gives percussion and rhythm to the performance ... as most drummers do.
The Most Important Guitar
Lesson For Any Beginner
To Play The Guitar strings one by one at this point could be something purely for reference... and for me, it does not seem important enough to worry about guitar lessons related to ... nor that beginners should worry about. Wanna know how each string sounds just for the pleasure to know? Wanna know how it feels to pluck a string with a left hand finger in the fingerboard?
Curiosity? ... I don't know ... What I do know is that the MOST IMPORTANT guitar lesson for beginners has to be about learning to play the basic guitar chords efficiently FROM DAY ONE. This process is going to help us to make our fingers stronger and disciplined. Playing chords will give us a first approach to the world of harmony and rhythm ... and will allow us to have fun while LEARNING GUITAR FROM SCRATCH by playing selected songs that we've always liked.
Forget about playing lines, phrases or leads for now, let's focus on learning to play chords with no trouble. Once you master a substantial collection of useful chords for what you'd like to do, the whole issue of the guitar solos will start to make a lot more sense ... less myth and more MUSICALITY, less pose AND more ATTITUDE.
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