Have you been interested in wanting to learn how to play the guitar?
If so, do stick around, because in this short article, I’ll share some super simple guitar tips and tricks on ways to achieve this.
From the conclusion of this column, I expect you are going to have a better idea of the guitar and whether or not it is something you truly want to pursue.
So without further ado, let’s get started!
First of all, you should begin by learning guitar chords.
Obviously, I’m assuming that you’re already knowledgeable about some aspects of the guitar and have hopefully picked one up before and learned to play a solid tune.
When I first started playing my biggest difficult was chords. I hated them. Absolutely hated the way my fingers felt after practice and how bad the sound was when trying to play the chords.
As a new player chords will be extremely difficult and painful at first. They are even going to sound bad since the notes probably won’t ring out as well as they should when you’re first trying.
But don’t despair because the more your fingers develop callouses the easier playing them will become. My biggest problem was that I stopped practicing these and never really got good at them. This was a big problem later on for me since many songs require the use of chords and being able to freely move between one chords to the next will be absolutely necessary.
So the best advice here is to get your basic chords down to the point that you can freely move between them.
I’ll also advise that you learn how to read guitar tabs as well. Most songs use a form of tablature that if you know how to read, will help you to play your favorite songs easily.
Tabs are in other words, a shortcut to playing music without having to figure it out by ear.
Tablatures are just a form of musical notation that will tell you exact finger placements, chords, and note duration so you will know how a song is supposed to be played.
Tabs are available all throughout the web, and can easily be found on: http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/.
Understanding how to read tabs isn’t hard. As an example, check out this image:
In the figure above, each line corresponds to a specific guitar string starting from lowest to highest.
The numbers you see are the frets that each note is played on the guitar.
As long as you can understand this, you can understand how to read tablature and play any song you find in the website I listed above.
Don’t get me wrong though not all tablature is this simple, but as a beginner you won’t have to worry about the more advanced stuff.
Training With Uncomplicated & Simple Tunes
If you want to be a guitar god you have to start from the ground up. You have to start with simple songs that will allow you to build your skills in a progressive manner.
If you try and jump to more advanced songs from the beginning, you may eventually learn how to play them, but you won’t fully understand what it is you’re doing.
Make sure to start small and work your way up.
Challenge yourself to learn a new song a month and you won’t go wrong.
I hope these simple pieces of advice have helped you on your way to becoming a kick ass guitar player.