Learning to play guitar is one of the most liberating things a person can do. Apart from providing you with a way to express yourself on a creative level, the guitar is a one of the most versatile instruments in the world. You can play rock, classic, funk, pop, blues and even reggae. But more importantly, everything just sounds cooler through those strings.
So you want to master this magical instrument but don’t know where to start? Here are a few tips to help you on your journey of discovery.
Get The Right Guitar
Even though you might feel ambitious, it’s not the best idea to start with an electric guitar. Despite prodigies like Jimi Hendrix, understanding the dynamics of an electric guitar takes time and skill. If you honestly don’t want to play on another type of guitar, then go ahead. But if you want to build a solid foundation, then start with an acoustic. More specifically, a nylon string classic guitar.
This type of guitar has a wide bridge and soft strings. If you haven’t heard by now, steel strings can really hurt your fingers, whereas nylon strings are better for getting those tips accustomed. As for the wide bridge, it will help you to exercise your fingers. Even though it might feel impossible to press some chords, it gets easier after a day or two.
And if you have short fingers, then a good small hand guitar might be an even better choice for you.
Play When You Are Bored
A big mistake beginner guitarists make is to only play two or three hours a week. They are also under the impression that when they pick up the guitar they have to stick to the rules. Nothing can be further from the truth. When you don’t have anything to do, pick up your guitar and just mess around. Press where you like and get used to the sound your instrument makes.
Divide your time between simply enjoying the guitar and learning the basics. This combination will definitely speed up the learning process while it helps you to find your unique sound.
Last but not least, follow your heart when you play. Passion is the key to mastering the guitar. There are hundreds of people who can run through scales as if their fingers aren’t attached to their hands, but can you feel them playing those scales? Is there passion behind their technique? This is the difference between good guitarists and the great ones.
Whatever you do, always enjoying learning guitar.