Getting started learning how to play the guitar can be difficult. There is a lot to know, and your hands need to be physically ready for it. At some point during your learning you are probably going to become frustrated, and this leads a lot of people to giving up on the guitar entirely. To try and keep this from happening, I have put together a small list of tips aimed at helping new guitar players. Hopefully by using the tips below you can stick with the guitar for a little bit longer, and turn it into a lifelong skill.
1. Hand Exercises – One of the hardest parts about learning the guitar is that your hands are simply not ready. Most likely they are not used to using the muscles needed to play the chords, and the calluses have not built up on your fingers. Doing this is going to take time, but it will come eventually. The best way is to simply keep playing the guitar. When you are not playing the guitar, there are hand exercised that you can do in order to improve those muscles. The longer you stick at it, and the more consistent you are with it, the sooner your hands will be ready to play comfortably for a long period of time.
2. Get Help – No matter how you are learning to play the guitar, chances are you are not utilizing every resource possible. For example, if you are taking private lessons, you could also be watching instructional videos in between lessons to learn even more. This way you are always learning something new, and you have something to guide you when your instructor is not there. There are many free resources online, or you can purchase some books/DVDs that can assist you.
3. Set A Schedule – Just like with anything else, learning to play the guitar will become easier when you make practice a habit. Set aside some time each day to practice, then make sure that you stick with it. Do it at the same time every day, and before long it will become second nature to you. Even if you just do it for a a little bit each day, your fingers will get stronger, and as you get better at playing, you’ll want to practice even more.
4. Be Patient – Lastly, remember to be patient. You are not going to master the guitar over night. This is something that can take a long time to learn, and even longer to master. But if you stick with it, and you are patient, the waiting won’t be that hard. Remember to have fun while you are playing, and to not let it frustrate you. Even some of the best musicians in the world had a hard time learning to play the guitar when they first started out.
There you have it – 4 quick tips that will help you to stick with the guitar when you are first starting out. I hope they help, and that you are able to learn the guitar like so many others before you. Good luck!