Hey there aspiring guitarists! I’m pretty sure you’re all really excited to learn the guitar and play your favorite songs in the soonest time possible, so let me help you with that.
To effectively learn how to play the guitar, you must plan everything ahead of time so that you won’t waste time and effort on doing something that will not help you speed up the process. So let’s start!
Learning the guitar is like constructing a building – first, you need to build a strong foundation so that your building will stand tall and firm. In learning the guitar, you need to have a strong foundation too – and that is basically learning how to play guitar chords. Your whole guitar playing scene will somewhat be dependent on your knowledge and mastery on guitar chords. So for starters, you have to do well in learning how to play guitar chords to have a better future with your guitar journey.
The Basic Chords
As a beginner, you are lucky that these basic chords are really simple to pull off with a little practice and dedication. Once you have learned even three of those basic chords, you’ll be amazed at the possibilities that you can do because you can already play tons of songs with those. The famous beginner’s song “Wild Thing” by the Troggs can be done with only the basic A Major, D Major and the E Major chords and there are lots more. These basic chords will really take you a long way.
Try practicing three chords at a time. Once you have mastered those, try to look for a song that you can apply what you have learned. Alternatively, you can look for a song first which uses only basic chords, practice those chords, and then apply those in the song.
There is no magic trick in learning these basic chords – you just simply have to work your fingers off and practice them over and over again, until you can finally form and transition from one chord to another until it becomes natural to you. The keywords here are consistent practice – that is the secret.
Now that you know that you need to learn how to play guitar chords first, the next thing that you need to consider is to know how to do it. Perhaps the most obvious and easiest way to do it is through the internet. Personally I would highly recommend those very useful instructional videos that you can easily find over the internet and some are even easily accessed in YouTube like these videos below:
Another thing that you ought to have is a guitar chord chart. There are lots of downloadable chord charts in PDF forms that you can get for free. This will then be your ultimate guide for your whole guitar endeavor.
So putting it all together, learn the very basic guitar chords first using a method that you like best (I personally recommend online videos) and lastly, don’t forget to consistently practice. I’m pretty sure you’ll find challenges and difficulties along the way, but like I said in my previous posts: treat them as “friends” so you can easily overtake them. I can still clearly remember when I was able to pull off my first beginner song, Wild Thing by the Troggs, the feeling is just extremely overwhelming and gratifying. You’ll be able to feel that once you have mastered your basic chords and applied it in a song – soon.