If you haven’t got any clue about musical instruments, but you suddenly feel the urge to learn, can you imagine strumming the guitar while your friends sing along around a bonfire? Indeed, playing the guitar can be challenging but truly fulfilling at the same time. If you would really love to learn it, then you’re reading the right article, and this is the right time! If you’re one of those who’ve tried it before, but it didn’t work the first time, do not fret. You can learn almost anything if you just put your heart into it.
Before Starting Your Lessons
Starting something new can be daunting and overwhelming, but so is the pandemic that we’re facing right now. It can be depressing to be quarantined at home doing nothing new. So learn to play the guitar and break that sadness even just for a little while.
We’d like to break up the steps as simply as possible. Our aim here is to help you understand so you will gradually feel confident and ready for the next step. Keep in mind, though, that learning guitar, just as learning any new hobby, can be a struggle at times, and guitar is not something that people know for their natural skills. It takes practice, hard work, and persistence. So go ahead and make mistakes, but keep practicing. We learn through errors, so embrace them!
Choosing A Guitar
The first step is, of course, deciding to use a right-handed or a left-handed guitar, as the strings and other main features will be set up according to the guitar you choose.
If you play with the righty, your left-hand holds the strings and the right strums. When you play this way, videos and other resources that you use are most likely organized the same way because most people play with the righty. It is also easier to learn, as your left hand is better at fine coordination. Playing the left, on the other hand, means that your right-hand holds the strings and the left strums.
Once you’ve decided which hand you will use to play, it’s time to choose what type of guitar you want to own (or you can always use the one you already have).
The acoustic guitar is a type of guitar that doesn’t need an amplifier and is much cheaper compared to the electric guitar. It can play different sounds, and it also doesn’t need to be plugged in and doesn’t need power for you to be able to use it. It is affordable, and it’s absolutely perfect for beginners and even experts. This is the recommended option, particularly because you can conveniently bring it along with you.
The electric guitar needs you to buy an amp to be able to play. It is more expensive, although its strings are more comfortable to hold down. It’s also less painful to the fingertips. Remember that the amplifier requires that it should be plugged in to provide power to the guitar. Because of the whole amp and wire package, it is bulkier to bring along.
If, however, you can’t afford to buy a new one, you can always use the old one that you have, or visit the thrift shops and look for a second-hand guitar that suits you. When you’ve found a used guitar that’s usable and perfect for you, make sure that all strings are intact, without rust, and no damage in all areas of the instrument. I suggest you use your old guitar or one from the thrift shop. The COVID-19 outbreak has taught us, among other things, to learn to prioritize and spend wisely.
Here are the parts of the guitar that you need to be oriented with.
Frets are the lines that segregate the fretboard. When your hand is holding down the strings, they’re holding close to the frets but not on top of them.
Tuners control the looseness or tightness of your guitar strings. They are turned to keep the strings sound the way they should.
Chords are the hand placements that you need to learn to be able to play the guitar. G, A, E-minor, and C are only some examples of chord names.
The soundhole, located in the middle of the guitar, is what produces the amazing sound of your guitar.
Remember to be patient. Only then will you be able to improve and learn the skill. Take short breaks. If you’re starting to hate what you’re doing, it means you’ve been over-doing it. Don’t try too hard. It’s okay to take a pause – a few minutes or a few hours of your day – is fine. After the break, when you’re all refreshed, go back to practice.
Additionally, you can look for other resources, such as the Internet, to learn more about the guitar. If you’re bothered about something, know more about it on the web. Finally, have fun!