Many people want to learn how to play the guitar. Maybe they want to become good enough to play the bass guitar in a band or maybe they would simply like to play some classical music using that particular instrument.
What many people quickly find, is that this is not an easy musical instrument to learn, especially when it comes to mastering. To make the process a little easier, here are a number of important tips to keep in mind:
#1 Rule – Take the time to master the basics
The basics are the fundamental aspects of playing the guitar and you want to get them right because if you develop bad habits here, you will be making the overall process harder than it has to be.
One fundamental thing to know is learning how to hold a guitar properly. The proper position is fairly straightforward. If you are sitting, you will have the guitar in front of you, on your lap so that the thickest guitar string is at the top, and the thinnest one is at the bottom. Use your strumming hand to keep the guitar close to your body, and your other hand should be positioned near the neck of the guitar. The thumb of that hand should be placed behind the guitar while the other fingers will curl around so that they can be close to the strings.
However, there are some things to keep in mind while practicing this position with the guitar. When just starting out, it may be tempting to move the guitar away from your chest and flatten it more against your lap, many people do this so that they can eyeball the strings that they are strumming or fretting.
Don’t do it.
Even from the beginning, get used to playing and practicing in the proper position. For this to happen, you need to keep the guitar pressed close to your chest.
Another important fundamental is learning the right notes. It can be overwhelming to think that you will need to master each and every possible note on the fretboard. Avoid this sinking feeling by focusing on a limited number of notes in the beginning.
Start by practicing the open strings. These are the notes that are played when you do not press your fingers against the fretboard. Go from the top string to the bottom string, and then back up. This gives you E-B-G-D-A-E and then E-A-D-G-B-E. Get used to their sound and get used to plucking at the individual strings.
Finally, one other important tip involves buying certain accessories that will make life easier for you, as you learn. If you have trouble strumming at first, it may be helpful to purchase several picks to use. You will also need to protect your musical instrument, so invest in a sturdy case. Aside from protecting it, the case will also make it easier to lug the guitar around as well as keeping it safe in your room.