Hey there! Here’s another entry to our guitar blog which can truly help you to learn how to play guitar in the soonest amount of time possible.
I’m pretty sure you are excited to play the guitar as much as I am so let me share a few tips that has helped me out a lot when I was starting out. Here it goes:
Make sure you have the right instrument.
Your guitar plays a very big role in your journey to learning how to play it. If you settle for those cheap guitars, most of them sound terrible, and you may even have a hard time tuning it properly. The strings on those guitars are either too high on the neck, and some even have the strings too far from the fret board which makes it quite a challenge when you are practicing guitar chords. You will be exerting unnecessary effort to fret those strings, when you should be focusing on executing those chords.
I am not saying that you ought to get the most expensive guitar in the market – that’s really a bad decision, especially for a beginner. What I recommend though, is you could get better deal if you look for a good quality second hand guitar. It is cheaper, yet you get more than you pay for, except that is has been used already. If you aren’t sure as to what are the right characteristics that you need to look for, it would be of great help to have someone with you who knows a lot about guitars when you buy one. It should “fit” you just right.
Tune your guitar.
Practicing on a guitar that is out of tune, will not only make practicing guitar chords worse, but it will be awful to listen to as well! Once you have your guitar, practice tuning it. You might also want to practice tuning your guitar by ear as well because this will be very useful. Once you master the art of tuning your guitar, you will immediately know if one or more strings are out of tune with just one strum.
Practicing on a guitar that is perfectly tuned will help you get familiarized with the different chords and what they sound like, making things a bit easier for you to learn to play the guitar.
Practice good guitar habits.
If you start practicing the wrong things, chances are you will be stuck doing it your entire guitar playing career. It is really of the essence that you start practicing the right things. Practice the proper way of holding the guitar. Proper posture will not only help you become more relaxed and tension-free, it will help you survive long hours of practice without getting too tired.
Know the correct thumb placement and finger positioning. You may think that these are very little things, but doing those incorrectly can prolong your learning process and can give you unnecessary strains in your back, shoulders and hands. If you start doing things the right way, then you are definitely off to a better start.
So there you have it! Those are teeny tiny tips on how to get you started correctly with your guitar journey. So again, make sure your instrument suits you just right, know how to tune it, and harness good guitar habits. If you practice those things, no matter how small they may seem, it’ll truly help you get a good start on your way to learn how to play guitar. Cheers!