A Beginner’s Guide To Learning The Guitar
Have you ever imagined yourself being the leading member of a rock band, playing the guitar while thousands of people cheer for you? Well, it is a great dream to have. But, the real question is have you acted on that dream. Have you started learning the guitar? If the answer is no, what are you waiting for? You should start now. Here is everything you should know and do if you are a beginner who’s looking to learn the guitar.
Buy/ Rent A Guitar
First things first, let’s buy a good guitar. If you are a beginner, you will not need a very high-quality one. An extremely cheap one will not do the job either. You can opt for the mid-range guitars. The Kadence Frontier series or the Yamaha F310 will do the job. If buying is not in your budget right now, you don’t need to worry. You can borrow from a friend or simply rent it.
Find A Good Guitar Class Or An Online Course
Now that you have your guitar you can begin the learning process. Firstly decide if you want to join a class or learn at home by yourself. If you want to join a class, choose the best-reviewed one in your locality. Go for some trial classes and familiarize yourself with their teaching techniques. If you are looking to learn at home by yourself, invest in a good online course. You can start with the beginner-friendly courses and then move on to the advanced ones.
If you have decided to learn at home, here are a few more things you will need before you begin. Invest in a good guitar tuner, this will help you tune your guitar as per requirement. Korg GA-1 is perfect for beginners. You’ll also need a good capo and guitar strap. For electric guitars, you might need a cable and small amp.
Learn To Tune The Guitar
Now that you have everything you need, start with the very basics. Learn to tune the guitar perfectly. Some come with built-in tuners. But, learning to tune a guitar with the help of dedicated tuners is something every aspiring guitarist should learn.
Learn The Names And Numbers Of The Guitar Strings
The first step to learning the guitar is learning the names and numbers of the strings on it. This is important for communication with the teacher and other musicians as well. From thickest to thinnest, strings are E A D G B E.
Master The Art Of Holding Your Pick
Picks are cheap and are easily available. So, if you are a beginner, you might want to buy several different picks to be able to experiment with. It is ideal to choose a softer pick at first and then slowly move on to the heavier ones as you learn to gain control. But, regardless of what you choose you should learn to hold it properly. Hold it in between your thumb and forefinger in such a way that only the pointed end is sticking out.
Learn Basic Chords
Chords are probably the most challenging part of the learning process. But, the good news is that there is an easier version for every chord. You might simply not be able to play certain chords like F or B as a beginner but don’t worry you will learn it with time. Even if your chords sound a little off or clumsy at first, keep going nevertheless.
Remember that only consistent practice will get you closer to your goals. Dedicate time in your daily schedule and keep practicing. Make a list of your favorite songs and learn to play them first. Always reach out to your teacher if you have any difficulties and never give up.
As a beginner, we hope you got your roadmap to start off with. Now, what are you waiting for? Pick up your guitar and start practicing.