Basics Of Learning The Guitar

August 22, 2013

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If you are wanting to learn to play guitar, the most important thing that you need to do is practice. The guitar is an extremely versatile instrument allowing one to play many types of music. Mastering this instrument takes time, training and dedication. Please realize that you are not going to master it overnight, just take time to learn correctly and the results will come.

Start by learning simple chords and scales. Many books are available that show basic chords and scales with finger position, most have the finger positions numbered for ease. In addition, there are many online guitar courses that a very good and can help to get you started. After you have learned some chords, begin to practice the transition from one chord to another chord.

It’s a good idea to write down your goals of why you are learning guitar, how much time are you willing to invest, and where you want to go with this.

Try to devote a period of time each day for practicing the guitar. Pick a chord transition or a major scale and practice this each day for one month. You may be shocked at how well you are able to play this transition or scale in only a month’s time as your fingers learn the mechanics and the pattern.

After you have some chords under your belt, you will want to start learning some songs. Keep it interesting and enjoyable by learning songs that you enjoy hearing. This can be really inspiring as you begin to actually play one of your favorite songs. An important tip for learning a song is to not just learn a part of the song, but learn the whole song. Learning the entire song will help you to learn song structure and will help you to become a better player in a shorter period of time.

Another important tip is to always use a metronome. The metronome will help you to concentrate on your timing and this will be beneficial as you progress. Begin practicing with the metronome set at a slow speed. After you have mastered your scale or riff at that speed, slowly increase the speed and continue practicing. This routine may seem tedious, but stick with it, as the benefits will pay off for you.

Learning guitar is all about dedication, a lot of practice and patience. If you keep it interesting and stick with it, you will be successful.

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