Tips For New Guitar Players

"Steve Hunter Guitar Player" by Nylongirl - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons.
Steve Hunter Guitar Player” by NylongirlOwn work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

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!

How To Learn To Play The Guitar

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Music Lessons Guitars Tulane” by Tulane Public RelationsFlickr: Music Lessons. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

At some point or another, many of us want to learn how to play the guitar. Whether it be because we want to play in a band, or because we want to simply be able to perform some of our favorite songs, the reason doesn’t matter. However, while the guitar isn’t too difficult to play, it can take a while to get started. This early frustration can lead a lot of people to giving up, and never learning how to play. A lot of this stems from not choosing the correct way to learn. Below are some of the best ways to learn how to play the guitar. Take a look at the list and see which one of them you think would be best for you. Then get yourself a guitar, and get started!

1. Personal Lessons – This is the way that most people choose to learn how to play that guitar. You need to find someone in your area that teaches guitar lessons, and then go to them to learn how to play. They will teach you all of the basics, and depending on how good they are, possibly more. The price for personal guitar lessons varies, so you will have to decide if they are worth the money. It is also a good idea to read reviews of other people who have gone to that person for lessons to see if they were satisfied. Personal guitar lessons are one of the best ways to go, because they force you to practice and gives you someone that can guide you towards the correct way to play.

2. Online Lessons – With the rise of the internet, it is now easier than ever to learn how to play the guitar. There are many videos online that you can watch, or programs that you can sign up for. Some of the programs cost money, but will provide you with hundreds of hours worth of videos on how to play. You can also find free videos online, but these are typically a little less structured. The downside of online lessons is that there is no accountability. With personal lessons, you have an instructor who will know when you didn’t practice. However when you do it online, it is all up to the person playing. You have to have a big desire to learn in order for you to stick with the program. If you have that though, then you may find online lessons to be more cost-efficient, convenient, and beneficial to you.

3. On Your Own – Lastly, you can try to learn on your own. Many famous musicians did not take lessons – they simply picked up a guitar and learned how to play. This may require you have a natural talent, but you won’t know you have it unless you try. If you decide to go on your own, you can also use some of the online resources mentioned above when you get stuck. That way you can sort of come up with your own program or collection of resources, then figure it out on your own.