Learn How To Play Guitar

By Cathy Chocklett

What you need to know to play guitar is something that anyone can accomplish. Although not every student will become the next Eric Clapton, being able to master the basics is fairly easy. By learning a few fundamentals such as guitar choice, string choice, tuning and chord progressions, any person not matter the age should be able to say that they know guitar.

The first major decision for any player is to decide what kind of guitar to buy. This can be immediately narrowed down to two categories: acoustic and electric. If you prefer softer singer-songwriter stuff then you might want an acoustic, but if you are a heavy metal rocker then an electric is the way to go. Acoustics are great because they are very affordable and need no amp. Electric guitar starter kits that include amps are available as well.

Many people, especially beginners, don't put much thought into their string choice. However, choosing the right strings can be a essential to learning how to play. It's best for first-timers, who are having trouble pressing down their fingers on the fretboard, to go with lighter gauge strings. This means that the strings are thinner and they will be easier to play. A set of heavy gauge strings will be a bit louder, but will be a bit difficult to start out on.

Before playing anything on a guitar, you must make sure that it is in tune first. If not, it's guaranteed that everything you play will sound terrible even if you play it well. It's essential for beginners to pick up a digital tuner because it will make their lives easier. Simply pluck the string one by one and you will watch the tuner to see how close or far that string is from the correct note. Make the proper adjustments by turning the tuning knob for that string. The correct standard tuning starting from the string closest to you is: E, A, D, G, B, E.

Although there's no real exciting way to do it, every serious guitar player must learn the notes along the guitar fretboard. If you do this, you will be able to learn just about any song. It is especially helpful for people who want to play great solos. The cycle of notes, which is also called an "Octave, " on the guitar follows an order similar to the alphabet, so it's pretty easy to remember. Those notes are: G, G#, A, A#, B, C, C#, D, D#, E, F, F#.

In order to feel like a real guitar player, you're going to need to learn some chords. It's best to pick out three or so to learn when you are first starting out. There are hundreds of classic songs that are fun to play that consist of three chords or less. The three most popular chords to learn at first are C, G, and D.

After having learned all the notes and a few chords, it's time to pick out a couple of songs and start practicing. The key is to find tunes that you enjoy and it won't feel like practice at all. It will feel like you're well on your way to being a rock star. Pretty soon, you'll have mastered those chords and can move on to some new ones.

It's hard to imagine a world where learning to play guitar is not a teenager's rite of passage. Although many people are intimidated by the sheer genius of some guitarists, there is simply no excuse not to learn the basics. They are very easy and even if you're not immediately ripping into amazing solos, the ability to play even a few chords can be a very rewarding experience. - 31840

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