When people get interested in playing guitar, there are a lot of choices of how to learn it. You can hire a private guitar teacher, go to guitar class, guitar online lessons, or if you know someone from your family, relatives, friends, do not hesitate to ask for help.
When it comes to online tutorials you can choose from audio, text, or video tutorials, whichever you like or you feel comfortable with. And there are many tutorials that come in books, e-book, mp3’s, or in DVDs that can help you learn guitar in a fun way. You can also learn it by yourself if you do not feel comfortable with the choices that you have available to you. You will no doubt have many options to choose from depending on your preferred style of playing.
But an important thing to remember if you are self-taught is that you may need to ask for feedback from a teacher or from your friends or family, or anything that will help you improve your guitar skills. You will fail many times but guitarists are not made overnight. They are made from the long, grueling hours spent alone with their instrument so never stop. You cannot be as good without doing some hard work and determination on your part.
This may help you if you are self-taught.
Below we’re going to cover a list of things that are worth remembering when you are a first timer in playing guitar, and some additional helpful tips that will help you to get better at playing guitar in a much quicker amount of time.
You should be aware of your posture
Playing guitar starts from knowing the basics, like good posture and how you hold the guitar. Depending on whether you can play it while sitting or standing you will notice good posture is necessary to play correctly and efficiently. If you are having a hard time when playing a chord or switching from chord to chord, you should check if you have proper posture or the way you’re holding the guitar. With better posture comes better playing ability and better economy of motion.
Working your fingers around the fret-board
Fretting notes quickly and properly relies on your ability to move your fingertips on the strings efficiently. Consider your posture, how you position your fingers and your economy of motion when moving around the fretboard. You should not put too much pressure on pressing the strings, as it may cause fatigue at your arm that will lead you to get tired faster. Make to practice your scales in order to get a more fluid feel for moving your hands around the fretboard. This combined with better economy of motions will lead you to an accelerated learning curve giving you better mastery over the fretboard.
Be aware of your rhythm & ALWAYS use a metronome
Many beginners think that the thought of how you strum the strings is same with working on rhythm. How you do the upstrokes and down strokes properly fall into place once you have learned to keep track of your rhythm for a song. And the only way you’ll be able to keep track of the song is by understanding time signatures and how basic beats work. Practicing with a metronome is ESSENTIAL to a newbie guitar players arsenal of tools.
You will find your playing becoming more efficient and sounding better the more you practice with a metronome. You may think your starting to sound better but may be surprised to hear how off beat and tempo you are when playing to a metronome. So make sure to always use one.
Develop Your Ear
Musicians will agree that the most important talent for any aspiring player to develop your ear. Learning to tune your guitar without a tuner and learning to hear the different octaves and tones for different notes will be essential when you start gaining the ability to play what you hear inside your head. After all that’s why we are guitarists after all isn’t it? We have sounds and rhythms in our heads that we want to express through the guitar. And by having a better developed ear you’ll be able to pin-point the exact sound you need on the guitar from the notes you can hear in your head.
These are just some simple tips to getting better as a guitar player but are essential for any newbie guitar player to make sure they understand when they first get started playing. A master can only become a master by first mastering the basics. With a solid foundation you’ll be on your way to becoming a competent and confident guitar player.Read More >