Learning How to Play the Guitar: 3 Tips for Beginners

Thursday, January 28, 2021 by George Miller | Uncategorized

The humble acoustic guitar is nothing less than an iconic musical instrument. It’s used in almost every music style and is an extremely versatile instrument to fiddle around with. However, learning how to play it can be a little challenging.
Here are a few tips for beginners on how to play the guitar. 



Focus on Both the Theoretical and Practical Aspects

Analyzing chord diagrams and reading music theory may seem especially boring if you’re new to learning guitar and can’t wait to try out different tunes, but they’re just as important as practicing playing on your instrument. You need to incorporate both techniques as well as theoretical knowledge when playing the guitar, which means you can’t neglect either of them.

If you’re just starting out, it’s best to first focus on these two aspects separately instead of immediately trying to incorporate theory into practice. This will help you grasp different concepts much better. Gradually, incorporate the theory and core mechanics of guitar playing into your practice. As you learn the basics of guitar playing, mixing the two together will come more naturally to you.

Take It Slow

When you’re a beginner, there’s no need for speed. Yes, that video you saw of a guitar player strumming really fast and switching chords in a blink of an eye can serve as inspiration, but don’t immediately aim for this level of speed when you’re still learning your way around the instrument.

Don’t make playing really fast your biggest priority. It’s going to take you a while to figure out how to hit the right notes using the right fingering technique, especially when you’re attempting tricky bar chords. The last thing you want to do is try to rush it and move your fingers hastily. This will result in you hitting the wrong string or missing notes.
Instead, concentrate on the precise fingering techniques you’re using. Play slowly to make sure you’re getting the notes right, even if this means playing the song at 50% of its tempo. Once your fingers adapt to the movements, you’ll find it easier to practice the motions and will automatically pick up the pace. You’ll learn how to speed up your playing tactics in due time; take it easy!

Be Disciplined With Your Practice

Finally, be regular with your guitar practice. If you learn two chords one day and then don’t practice them for a few days, you’re not really going to retain what you learned. For beginners, it’s especially important to practice regularly and in a disciplined manner to retain all that new information they’re taking in.
Even if you can only take out twenty minutes on weekdays to practice playing the guitar, do it. This will help your fingers remember how they’re supposed to move across the fretboard and help you develop good playing habits early on. 
The best way to kick-start your journey as a guitar beginner is to get private guitar lessons from an experienced instructor. Miller School of Music in Rochester, NY is the perfect place for this. We offer both live as well as remote guitar lessons for all age levels and skillsets. 
Sign up for our guitar classes today!