Playing the guitar is something that many people are keen to do. Let’s face it, in a world that is overrun with digital music, picking up an instrument and learning to play is a great way to make music on your own. With so much choice on the market, from acoustic to electric to bass, there is a sound that suits everyone’s unique musical tastes. Learning to play the guitar is one of the most rewarding things that you can do. But, it doesn’t have to be difficult. On the contrary, there are some killer ways that you can become the master of the axe. And, you don’t have to spend a small fortune either.
1. Start Small: Use The Internet
Okay, so you may want to be the next Jimi Hendrix. Sorry, you’re not going to get there in a week. But, you do need to find your sound, and you do need to start small. Take a look at online tutorials, these can be found online. YouTube is a great place to start for simple tutorials for beginners. You can also look at sites like Stringpluck that offer a wealth of information on how to find the right guitar. These sites also offer information on tutorials too. In the main, it’s important that you seek out the mine of information that is available online so that you can make the right choice.
2. Make Time for Practice
Practice makes perfect. It’s that simple. So, if you are honing your guitar skills using online information, ensure that you are plasticising morning, noon and night. Mastering the strings, chords and the overall feel of the guitar is important. Try to aim for one hour practice per night. If you can, do more!
3. Finding the Right Guitar
Of course, there is a wealth of choice when it comes to guitars. But, if you are new to the world of axe-wielding, the key is to start with something simple. Opt for an acoustic guitar with a good quality sound. In our opinion, it’s always better to go for a good second hand acoustic, than a cheap new guitar. That way, you can guarantee that the sounds that you are producing are of the highest quality.
4. Mastering the Art of Chord Progressions
Okay, so you want to be a mean shredder on the guitar? Don’t we all! But, in the early days, the best way that you can learn and can start knocking out killer tunes is to master the art of chord progressions. The key is to take your time. Master your basic chords. Let’s use the B chord as an example. Sit and strum the chord for a number of minutes until you feel comfortable. Find the right speed and tempo that is right for you. Then, when you feel that you are in a good place to change comfortably, do so.
You don’t have to start shredding the fret board. Practice the sounds of each chord and strum until you feel ready to change. Try not to look at the fret board. Make sure that you memorise the image of the chord change and change when you are prepared to do so. Of course, you should always ensure that you practice. Work your way through all of the chords, A to G and ensure that you are changing chords more quickly as time progresses.