Play the Guitar and Be the Life of the Party!
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Inside How to Play the Guitar, you’ll discover how fun and easy it is to make music!
This multi-media teaching guide even includes special play-along audio clips. With these step-by-step recordings, you can listen and play all the chords and music examples in this book!From your first lessons in the Em, Am, C, G, and D chords, you’ll enjoy the many sounds of this versatile and popular instrument. You’ll find out how easy it is to pluck, pick, strum, and rock out on the guitar!
- Throughout your childhood, teen years, and even as an adult, playing the guitar may be something you have wished to do. Perhaps no one has ever taught you this skill. Or, maybe it has been a long time since you have played it and you need a little refresher. Either way, this article has tips to help you become a skilled guitar player.Be realistic with yourself. Progress can be slow, so don’t get ahead of yourself. Try not to set too many expectations. This could just discourage you and cause you to quit altogether. Take things slowly and get plenty of practice in. Just remember learning the basics can take a considerable amount of time.Try not to be shy about playing for others. Playing for yourself can get boring. Even if your guitar playing is a hobby, try to get yourself an audience. Play for friends and family. Letting others see how far you’ve come can encourage and motivate you to improve even more.While is certainly tempting to try to jump in and play some of your favorite songs on the guitar, you should initially stick with simple tunes that can be mastered with just a little bit of practice. Doing this will help you continue building skills without causing frustration and disappointment along the way.It bears repeating that practice is the most important thing you can do when learning how to play guitar. Don’t plan on practicing for just a single, long session every week. Practicing consistently every day, even for short amounts of time, is important and the best way to develop the finger memory you’ll need for playing guitar.Learn how to strum. Once you know your chords, it’s time to move on to strumming. The transition can be difficult, but it’s an important one to make. Don’t be afraid to take things slowly. There’s no single, foolproof way to learn how to strum, so find a method that works for you.Don’t skip practices. Hard work is required for getting better. You should aim to get in at least half an hour of practice most, if not all, days of the week.When learning to play the guitar, it is important to learn how to play in time. A good way to learn this is by playing with a metronome regularly. If you do not have one, you can find a free one online. Playing with another person or along with a CD can also be helpful.Learn a new chord each week. Chords are part of your overall guitar education, and with two or three chords, you’ll be able to start playing some of the songs you know and love. Start slow, and make sure that you can clearly hear every string in the chord when you play it.As you begin to learn the basics of playing guitar, keep yourself surrounded by music, and great guitarists. The more you learn, the easier it will be to pick up techniques and ideas you hear in music you listen to. Watch other people play, and you will be surprised at what you can learn from others.To avoid the pain involved in learning to play the guitar, your fingers will get callused. Avoid picking at your calluses. If you have rough skin or snags that you need to get rid of, use an emery board to smooth your skin. You can soak callused fingers in rubbing alcohol but avoid using hazardous materials to toughen the skin.Experiment with different styles and different ways of playing the guitar. Learn how to use a pick and how to strum with your fingers. Play a simple song in a different key. Try open, regular and special tunings. Trying new things will make playing the guitar more interesting and help keep you motivated to practice.When you learn your first chords, the fingering will feel awkward to you. You will develop callous on your fingers that may not feel comfortable during the first days. However, do not be discouraged. Your fingers will toughen and get used to pressing down on the strings, and your playing will become easier over time.If you are learning on your own, start with the basic chords. Simple songs only use three to four chords. When you master those, you can get in the the more complex chords. The important thing is to get a good foundation before progressing to the next step. That is the best way to improve.As the beginning of this article stated, you may have had the desire to play the guitar for years, but never knew how. Or, you may have played in the past, but your skills are a bit rusty. Whatever the case may be, these tips will have you playing this awesome instrument in no time!