26 September 2013

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Learning The Guitar - Let's Take It From The Beginning

It doesn’t matter if you want to play the guitar as a way to relax or because you and your friends want to form your own band, you won’t learn it all overnight and will have to set time aside to get it right. If you are new to the process, then you are going to need help and probably help that is clear, concise and easy to understand. Finding a method that is best for you may take some research, but to ensure you stick to the lessons and practice as often as you can you have to carry this research out. As the options are so varied and include choices such as hiring a tutor, having a friend teach you or learning online you need to think it through and weigh up the pros and cons. [...]


It doesn’t matter if you want to play the guitar as a way to relax or because you and your friends want to form your own band, you won’t learn it all overnight and will have to set time aside to get it right. If you are new to the process, then you are going to need help and probably help that is clear, concise and easy to understand.  Finding a method that is best for you may take some research, but to ensure you stick to the lessons and practice as often as you can you have to carry this research out. As the options are so varied and include choices such as hiring a tutor, having a friend teach you or learning online you need to think it through and weigh up the pros and cons.  

Practice, Practice, Practice
Too often people give up playing because they say they are not getting anywhere. The problem is that they are not putting enough time and effort in to get the results they want. Hands may hurt and family and friends may get annoyed as the wailing takes over the house, but if you stick to it you will get there.  You know yourself best, so take time and decide how you want to learn and if you want to pay for lessons then go ahead, but there really is no need to do that. Online classes have put thousands on the road to success and if you feel you are getting stuck at any stage ask for help – someone will be able to answer your queries. If you can practice at least 5 days a week you’re on the right track and the more chords you learn the better. Practice without looking at what your hands are doing and soon playing will be second nature.  Online lessons can be detailed and given in a variety of ways including videos, the written word and diagrams so there is something for everyone.

Knowing What Each Part is Called
Before you can feel comfortable with the guitar it will be best to know all about it – the names of all the parts and the function it plays in producing the sound. Knowing which string to pluck is one thing, but knowing what happens to get that sound takes you to a totally different level. It’s quick, it’s easy to do and you will reap the benefits time and time again.

Look To The Future
Suddenly that day will come when you feel that you are ready to tackle songs and not just chords. Start with songs you like as well as songs that are not too difficult.  Trying to play a track you have no interest in can lead to boredom and put you off playing. Learning one style of guitar may seem daunting enough but if you can face learning more than one type you will have a holistic view of the instrument.  Your understanding of the actions needed to produce the sounds required will become enhanced and you will be playing like a professional much more quickly than when learning just one type of guitar.


About Today's Contributor
Today’s guest post is penned by Jim Thomas, a successful musician. He has performed with many leading artiste and shares his experiences through his articles. He says in order to learn guitar it is important that you practice every day.


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