Guitar Tips for Beginners
people would love to play guitar. Some have actually
have attained fame and fortune, while others are in
the beginning stages. If you’ve just bought your
first guitar, you can look forward to a rich and
rewarding time of learning to make or write good music. Don’t make
the mistake of thinking it will be easy, or that you
will automatically become a professional. Just to become good
takes a lot of time and practice. It’s all worth it
as you begin to enjoy making music.
You’ll have a few things to think about once you’ve
decided to take up the guitar. You may want to take
lessons from a qualified instructor. You may want to
buy books and be self-taught. Or you may decide to
learn online from some of the many videos and
pictures available. It won’t be hard to find the
right one for you. It’s also necessary to settle on
the type of music you want to play. Needless to say
there are a lot of options.
Some of the first things you’ll learn is how to hold
your guitar and where to place your fingers. Before
long you’ll be learning chords. It’s a good idea to
familiarize yourself with how each string sounds
when you pluck it.
The strings correspond to notes ranging from A to G.
You’ll also become familiar with some symbols. Sharp
notes are designated with “#” and flat notes with
“b”. “C#” would tell you that you should play C
sharp and “Cb” means play the C flat.
Before you can play any chords, you’ll need to tune
your guitar. There are six strings, with a note
assigned to each one. An example would be tuning
your guitar so that the first and thinnest string is
the high E. The second is B, the third G, the fourth
D, the fifth A, and the sixth, thickest string will
be the low E.
To tune your guitar, you can take it to your local
music shop or have your guitar teacher tune it for
you. Soon, you will know exactly how to tune your
own guitar. Once you have your guitar ready to go,
chances are you will be taught the first position
and open chords. What you will find is that over the
next few weeks, you will become more and more
comfortable with the feel of the guitar and within
about a month, be playing actual songs. Playing the
guitar is a wonderful hobby that with practice,
could easily turn into something more.