How to Play Guitar – Quick Tips
One of the most important steps when it comes to learning how to play guitar is getting some guitar lessons. Unfortunately, guitar lessons with an actual teacher can be very expensive and if you are having difficulty quickly, it can also be quite frustrating. In this short article, you will learn about selecting a guitar for your lessons, how to play basic guitar chords, how to strum a guitar, and how to properly hold a guitar. At the end of this article, I have listed a few free tips for getting started with the guitar lessons that you need. The list includes a link to a website where I discuss selecting a guitar, how to play basic guitar chords, how to strum a guitar (sometimes called fingerstyle guitar), and how to properly hold a guitar.
Selecting a good guitar: There are literally thousands of different kinds of guitars! This makes it very difficult to choose one for your lessons. I recommend trying out as many different guitars as possible in order to find the one that works best for you. If you think you’ve found the right guitar, try to see what kind of music you’ll play (solo, rhythm, or both). Once you’ve selected the guitar for your one-week guitar course, look for someone who will be able to give you private lessons.
How to tune/string the guitar: Before you start, make sure that you know which strings to tune to (the thickest string on the guitar’s neck) and which strings/heads to place on the fretboard/nylon string. When you’re done tuning/stringing the guitar (you should be able to feel the strings/heads with your fingers – sometimes you just need to tweak your fretting hand a bit to get the right tone), check the string height. The standard for guitar tuners is halfway between the sixth and the thinnest string. So, the higher the string number, the higher the note you’ll be able to play. Don’t worry if your guitar doesn’t have a six-string tuner; you can just use three or four string frets to achieve the notes you’re looking for.
Practice: Learning to play a new guitar requires a lot more practice than just showing up and starting to play. So, for the first week or two, play around with the guitar a bit. This will allow you to see how well the instrument is tuned. It will also let you know how comfortable you are playing various songs and styles. Your playing will improve dramatically!
Strumming patterns: One of the most important aspects of playing a good guitar – apart from talent, of course – is learning to strum the guitar correctly. Most strumming patterns are similar, but there are a few key differences. For instance, strumming with your index and middle fingers is called flatpicking. Strumming with your thumb and first finger is called powerchord. The strumming pattern that most guitarists use is known as the triad. This pattern makes use of all three fingers to pluck the strings in a progression.
Acoustic guitars: Electric guitars work differently from acoustic guitars because they don’t have a “pickup”. Instead, the sound of the strings comes directly from the wood (the strings themselves) vibrating due to the pressure of the strings, which is created by the electric guitar player’s arm and his fingertips. As you may guess, learning to play acoustic guitar is much harder than it is to learn electric guitar! If you have an idea about how guitars work, however, you can save a lot of time trying to figure out acoustic guitars!