Learning to Play Guitar
Learning to play guitar is not so tough now as in the old days. Video tutorials have made lessons portable, and, more importantly, seeing talent around us motivates us every day. I myself have tried the guitar, and I can tell why it is one of the most newbie-friendly instruments.
Playing guitar takes soul. I skilled up more learning by myself, my favourite songs driving me, than under a tutor. Every guitar player should know the basics of the art and the instrument.
Gear Up Before Learning to Play Guitar
Before you even pick up the guitar, keep some things you will need later nearby. Make a checklist. You should buy a/an:
You should not back out on the capo. Buy even the worst capo in the store. Otherwise, you will find yourself needing four hands later. Seriously, every other tutorial on YouTube uses a capo—though, rightfully so—and not having a capo gets annoying.
Extra Set of Strings
The first time you change your strings—they should wear out fast—you will tear the thinner strings. When they snapped, you would wish you had a set for good measure, but get two. The first set is practice.
A guitar without a guitar bag may look ruggedly antique, but it is a tortoise without its shell. Cover your guitar unless you are confident it will not get scratches.
Next to the capo, the string winder is the most useful guitar tool. It helps you replace strings easily. Some also open the string bolts.
Who needs a pick anyway? Your fingers are enough, or they should be.
Get Instant Help with Learning to Play Guitar
This is no scam. So many guitar learning resources encircle you it is foolish to ignore them! You just need to find them.
Are you looking for inspiration? Go to your favourite skill development group. Look up “#guitar”, “#learningtoplayguitar”, etc.
Are you looking for challenges? Look up the classics of the century so far and make your own arrangements for each. Did you know you could drum with your guitar?
Many a time, finding someone that plays guitar better than we demotivates us. Competition is good in skill development as it encourages creativity. You should be trying to replicate, because the mime becomes the master.
Country Singer or Rock Star: Someone Inspires Everyone
We learn anything because we question. The life sciences exist because we ask, “What; where; when; and why?” Again, we made the arts by asking, “Who, and how?”
When we hear a new banger, we ask ourselves, “Who is on that guitar?” “He looked so cool! I did not know this thing could make sounds like that. That is a new technique.” When we get home, we tinker around with our guitar trying to solve the mysteries of those sounds. Thus, inspiration is a must in the arts.
I have said I learned playing guitar under a tutor when I was younger. My friend and I would unjustly laugh at a fellow learner whose fingers were too thick for the strings. Now I feel his struggle!
In sum, you should put yourself out there while learning to play guitar. Encore’s “Srotoshinni”, “Jai Ho” from Slumdog Millionaire, and “The Price of Freedom” from Final Fantasy Seven keep me going. Likewise, you could inspire a friend. Start by sharing your small efforts to your closest friend circles, and then, reach out to a bigger crowd.
Progressive Overload Helps Learn Anything
There are two kinds of guitar playing to my novice ears: fingerpicking and strumming. Singing might accompany both of these.
Playing the guitar note by note is fingerpicking. It is elegant and showy. We hear it in chill, pop, rock etc. music.
Fingerpicking may be easier to some for the larger scope for error in chord switching. By contrast, others may fear it as one needs to be quick with their fingers.
Playing all or most of the strings with periodic strikes is strumming. It is the classical style. We hear it in country, orchestral, and romantic songs.
Strumming may be harder for some for trouble switching chords. On the other hand, strumming patterns may come naturally to others.
The point here is that these are two sides of a coin. It is probable only one comes naturally to you and you have not tried it. Master your comfort zone before moving out.
Your first and hundredth tries may not be far apart, but the 101st could be record-worthy. Keep adding a note every day to the pattern you practise, and I guarantee you will get better.
Film Yourself Learning to Play Guitar
It was the 30th of September. My mother had just gotten me a new tripod out of the blue. That night, I decided to film myself playing guitar, and I found spotlighting yourself helps.
In the middle of my performance, my mother stepped in with queries about college. I, who am anxious in social situations, could play guitar and maintain the conversation with no sweat. Having an imaginary crowd really accelerates learning to play guitar.
Besides, my mother became the first to compliment my playing. She has heard me before. Therefore, my playing had improved.
Nonetheless, filming yourself is fruitful as you may release the video to a skill development group, e.g. Seed to Big! Skill buffs could help you in learning to play guitar, reaching an audience, and other things.
Should You Sing While Learning to Play Guitar?
I myself could not sing to save my life. I feel the tiny movements in fingerpicking make it harder to sing. However, I could, though barely, sing along during strumming.
In short, your style of playing may be holding you back. Regardless, it is distracting to play guitar while singing. For me, the guitar is the main attraction, and it has a voice. Therefore, I advise against singing while learning to play guitar.
Learning to play guitar, you may face some hurdles—namely, chord switching problems, fingertip soreness, and strumming on tempo. Do not let them stop you; though I am no guitarist, I could curb my errors with practice.