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.
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.
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.