Learning guitar is not an easy task. At first, you will be extremely excited and will do the tasks sincerely. But, slowly you will start feeling frustrated and drained as learning guitar requires patience and constant practice and you will only go to the next level when you can perfect the former one. For which, you will not be playing songs as soon as you want to. But, if you are serious about it, want to invest time and energy into learning it, we have some valuable guitar tips for you!
So here are some tips if you want to learn the guitar and feed your soul harmony along with encouraging others:
Guitar Tips Top to Bottom!
Learning to play an instrument without knowing its types, parts and the specific uses of the parts? Totally not a good start! Know your guitar before learning it. So, the very first tip for learning guitar is knowing your gear first!
There are many kinds of guitars- acoustic, electric, bass etc. Electric and other expensive guitars are quite easy to play once you learn to play the acoustic one. It is best to start with the acoustic guitars.
You must know what each part of the guitar is called to be the master of your instrument. The terms like Fret, Tuning Bridge, Head, Body, Bridge etc. will come across your lessons hundreds of times. Eventually, you will find yourself at a disadvantage if you cannot identify them. Besides, a guitar needs maintenance. You need to know how to clean and maintain each part to keep your guitar fit!
All the parts of a guitar have its use or contribution. You should know the function of each part to immediately know what is wrong with your guitar once you find a problem.
Learn to transform the chord diagrams into music
Another thing you will come across every day in your guitar life is the chord diagram. It tells you where to place your finger on a particular chord. They contain a picture of each of the six strings and make it easier for you to read your music.
Stress and rush are on the list of ‘thing not to do’ while learning to play the guitar. There will be times when you will feel that you are incapable of playing the guitar. Especially, when you shift to learning the change of chords. Your fingers need to change position so swiftly that you will not get it correct for days, even months. Well, it is not a quality you are born with. So, the key technique for getting it correct is to relax and practice!
Believe that you can instead of thinking you cannot. Keep your mind fresh and calm, body loose and muscles relaxed. Your mind will be able to focus on the notes your hands are playing only when it can lose focus on the stiffness of your body.
Focus on Perfecting the Basics
Here goes the third of all guitar tips!
I know how monotonous the basics of a guitar are! You are stuck practicing chords and fingering whereas your main intention behind learning the guitar was to sing songs. But, you are wrong if you think that this practice is useless. These basic practices help your fingers become more flexible and accurate in the notes. As a result, become your gradual but solid road to playing better!
Do not run from difficult chords
You have been hearing that beautiful song for a few days now and want to play it on your guitar. But, you realize how difficult it actually is once you start practicing and end up leaving it for good. This is something you definitely should not do. Do not be a pessimist, keep trying and you will excel at your work. These difficult chords are what makes the easy chords easier and the most difficult chords, less difficult. Keep on working on the difficult chords and you may find a time when you find no chords difficult!
You might find it very difficult to choose between your favorite TV show and guitar practice. With silent rehearsing you can do both! You can keep on practicing the chords with your left hand without using your right to produce the music. As a result, you get to kill two birds with one stone merging recreation and practice in one slot of your schedule.
Focus more on Tempo than Tune
A common mistake that beginners make is they focus on the tune rather than the tempo. Tune is important but tempo needs more practice. And, tempo requires more practice than the tune. Besides, the tune will not make sense without correct tempo. If you play some of your notes too fast and some too slow, it’s not that harmonious, is it? So, focus on both but, on the tempo more during the initial phase of your lessons. In the path of learning guitar, this is a very crucial stage.
Have The Patience and The Plan
In the frustrating situations of hurting your fingers, holding your guitar in weird positions, keep in mind that all the guitarists have faced these. You do not lack anything but if you do give up practice, you lack both guts and patience. So, make mistakes and correct them patiently.
Plus, develop a long-term practice routine. Keep raising the difficulty of your practice chords gradually
Find a guide
You will find lots of books, videos, and courses on the internet. But, all of them will give you only generalized instructions which might not suit your style. Even if it does, they will not point out your mistakes and help you correct them. Due to this, you better find a mentor who will supervise your lessons and correct your mistakes manually.
You must explore guitar playing techniques, styles etc. as well as listen to a wide range of music. And, never stop yourself from trying out your own techniques! This will help you find your own style and forte.
In conclusion, I would like to say, in whichever way you play and whatever you play just enjoy playing it. Nothing compares to the mental peace and joy you get from playing the way you want to. But, you can definitely follow these guitar tips for learning guitar the way you want it to.