Playing Guitar: Tips for Beginners
So, you have just returned from the store, unrolled your purchase, and now it is already in front of you – a new, smooth, beautiful guitar; I just want to quickly pick it up and play my favorite melody! The only snag is that you do not yet have the knowledge, skills and experience that will allow you to achieve what you want. For some newbies, this becomes an unsolvable problem, many, after playing a couple of days and failing to achieve a result, put the guitar into the far corner and remember it only as an unsuccessful experiment and wasted money. However, by following a few simple recommendations, you will be able to avoid a similar fate, and over time the guitar will become your faithful and irreplaceable friend and helper both on quiet home “gatherings” and among the noisy company, at the fire, surrounded by tents and frozen on the edge of a glade of trees.
1. Be patient. This council has been worn by more than one generation of beginning guitarists. After all, every newbie wants to impress others with a talented and virtuoso game, and even as soon as possible, so that “right now, right!” The result of such delusions, illusions and impulses – disappointment, annoyance, anger and, of course, throwing further classes. Therefore, before you take up the guitar, you need to clearly realize that it is patience that will allow you to achieve the best results, where you could not achieve success right away, with a swoop. Do not be discouraged by getting stuck on any complex technique. Do not give up, even if every step, every chord is given with difficulty and at the cost of tremendous effort. Rest assured: a patient and persistent musician will cope with the task and will pass where amateurs were defeated without any efforts to receive “everything and at once.” No great musician would have become such if he had not been patient enough and had not worked on himself since the moment he picked up the guitar.
2. Act on the principle “From simple to complex”. Are your fingers tangled in the strings when trying to play the simplest brute force? Do you experience genuine horror at the sight of notes and barre, and instead of a beautiful melody, you get something unimaginable, vaguely resembling the roar of a car engine? No problem. Start with the basics. To get started, look at the guitar tuning. Do exercises that will help you develop your fingers and hand as a whole. Learn the easiest and most frequently used chords, practice moving from one chord to another. Do not seek to master everything at once – you just will not succeed now. Only when you feel more confident, set yourself other, more complex tasks, move to a new level of skill.
3. Practice, practice and practice again! The more often you do, the faster and better you will memorize and learn guitar wisdom, get used to the instrument, “fill your hand”. It is necessary to add only that it is better to devote the guitar at least 20 minutes a day, rather than sit down to the instrument at once for 2 hours once a week.
4. Record (record) the result of their work. Someone this advice may seem superfluous and stupid – and the truth is, why write down “get on”, especially in the first classes, when you still don’t really know anything and can’t? In fact, this approach will help you not only to identify mistakes, develop a plan for further training, but also assess your own progress. Even in periods of “stagnation”, when it seems to you that you have not advanced a gram on playing the guitar, listen to the recordings of your previous lessons. Believe me, this is very motivating – still, because only recently you somehow moved your fingers from chord to chord, and today you are already trying (and quite successfully!) To play your first song!
5. Search for information on the topic. “Try” familiar guitarists, ask the advice of knowledgeable, competent people, read books, browse useful topics on the forums, watch video tutorials, analyze everything you have found, seen and remembered. Choosing strings alone is not enough – a guitarist who wants to achieve the greatest success must develop a craving for knowledge and a desire to learn, as well as apply the theoretical knowledge gained in practice. Perhaps these tips will seem too obvious to you, and therefore light and not worth attention, but do not be mistaken about this: they are not just what they say, “taken from the ceiling,” but not tested by one generation of guitarists.