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Three Great Steps for Learning the Guitar

If you are looking for the best way to learn the guitar then these three basic steps will give you the best foundation to base your musical education upon. This brief framework will give first time guitar learners a chance to progress quickly and get to grips with the instrument. These pointers are really intended to guide you in the basic philosophies of guitar playing but there is nothing better than a private tutor to teach you as you progress.

The Three Basic Steps

Our tuition focuses on three basic skills:

  • Stepping-stone chords
  • Strumming
  • Play the music you love

Learning chords at a music school or from a personal teacher can be really hard to pick up. But what most starters don’t know is that there are quite often easier versions of chords.

Chords

The Cheating Chords

Guitar books and formal online courses will instruct the beginner to master some chords that even accomplished guitarists find difficult to perform. And the biggest threat to students in learning anything new is the lack of progress. Often learners who cannot see an advancement in their playing in a relatively short period of time simply give up. Making practice enjoyable is a big part of this, and this can be done with the teaching of easy chords.

The Strumming Pattern

There are no set strumming patterns that you have to adhere to, it is far better to find your own rhythms and form your own tempos. After all a song can be played at whatever speed and key you want to, that is the beauty of music. Try different strumming patterns to the same song, see which ones suit you and the music the best. Some guitars are easier to strum on than others, so let your music shop know this before buying one.

Play the Music That You Love

Guitar playing as a pastime should be fun, and you should not be forced into playing some Gregorian Chants from medieval times. You can love just as much from playing the music you are passionate about than some classical guitar piece from yesteryear. Playing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star is hardly going to endear you to practice more, and you certainly cannot play such tunes to family and friends.

Play the Music That You Love
Play the Music That You Love

Write down a list of ten songs that you love and really want to be able to master. You may find them to hard to master so the key is to slightly adapt them so you can play your own version of them. You will find that the earlier stepping-stone chords can really help in this. So if the piece calls for an F chord, perhaps a much easier to play F Major 7 will do just as well. 

Our final helpful hint learning to play the guitar is by using a capo. This is a bar that you can fix over the strings that allows you to use chord fingering to make other chords. Experiment with it on some of the songs you really like, it might help a great deal to simplify things. Just remember you will not be a great classical guitarist in a month, but if you enjoy your learning you are more likely to stick to it.