Has learning the guitar been a lifelong ambition of yours that you haven't accomplished yet? Maybe it's time to re-focus and get started on those guitar lessons. The sense of satisfaction you get from learning just a few chords will help empower you to continue on and before you know it you'll be jamming along to some of your favorite tunes.
There's more to learning to play than just picking up a
guitar and getting to it. It's important to start out with the basics,
know what your goals are, and have a good learning program. There are a
few things you can expect to learn in just about any beginners' guitar
course. They'll be necessary for moving on to an intermediate one.
Here's an overview of what you should learn during your guitar studies.
When you get through your guitar course, you should have the information
to decide what kind of specialty you want to take up. There's rock
guitar, classical guitar, jazz guitar, country and folk and many other
options. But all these styles start off with the same basic lessons.
Tuning and the ways that each chord works with each key are also
important skills. You'll start with open tuning, and then start working
on barring - pressing down the strings across the fret and completing
the chord with the rest of your fingers.
First you'll learn the parts of your instrument and the way they
interact, what makes a good guitar vs. a bad one, and how your
instrument should be maintained. This information will make it easier
for you to achieve the kind of sound you want.
You'll also learn what makes steel strings different than nylon (it's
not just what they're made of!) and when you should use each type.
You'll find out which kind of flexibility in the guitar's neck works
best for which kind of playing, along with how the shape of a guitar
affects its sound. You'll learn what different strumming methods do and
the difference between upstrokes and downstrokes. Most beginner guitar
players just learning how to strum start out with a few basic chords
such as C,G,D7 and F. You will learn how the chords are played and how
they interact with each other.
Finger picking is another technique You'll learn in a guitar for
beginners course. It might seem too complicated or like it might be a
better choice for a different type of music, but it's a talent well
worth learning. You'll learn how to use both hands and have a good
amount of dexterity with both. It's much better to learn some extra tips
that you end up not using than it is to not know how to do something
you'll need to accomplish your goals.
You'll learn scales, too - they're the basis of almost all guitar
playing out there. Once you have a good grasp on your scales, your
ability to progress will increase greatly.
When you're eager to learn how to play, jumping in without preparation
can be tempting. Don't do it, though. Get a firm grip of the basics and
become a skilled guitar player instead. If you start with the basics
you'll be able to play more skillfully when you move into more advanced
guitar techniques. Even professional guitarists took the time to learn
the basics, and so must everybody else. The guitar professionals sound
really good now, but they started out as beginners, just like you.
They're a great example of what a little practice can do.