acoustic electric guitarOne can learn many musical instruments, but when you learn to play acoustic guitar, it’s a completely different story. Something about the acoustic guitar makes it different from the rest. I believe it’s due, at least in part, to its versatility.

A Variety of Guitars

I’ve got a few friends who not only have an and another has a but by far it’s acoustic guitars that most start with. Unlike the solid electric guitar, the acoustic one has a hollow body and doesn’t make use of amplification to produce sound. Instead, it relies on natural sound produced by strings when its vibrations bounce around inside the guitar body’s hollow cavity.  So, there’s no need for an amplifier, well unless you own an .

Most people who are trying to learn how to play acoustic guitar often end up frustrated. That may be because they fail to pay heed to things that could help make the lessons easier. That’s not to say that acoustic guitar lessons are difficult. It’s far from it.

Start Simple And Hang In There

Today, with the Internet at your fingertips there’s no reason learning to play guitar should be difficult. There are just too many places online for you to learn to play a guitar that there really is no excuse other than you really don’t have your heart in it. My experience is that most who give up do so because their fingers begin to hurt. We all went through that so just hang in there for another week or two and they will toughen up and it will all be behind you.

My recommendation for two site where you can’t go wrong are Jamorama and Jamplay. Both are well worth the membership fee. Then you can add Youtube and learn just about any song by searching for it as a cover tune. I have learned so many songs there but it all starts with the two sites I mentioned first so that you can a good solid learning background.

The key to your success at learning to play guitar is to stay focused while practicing and to find songs that match the chords and stage you’re at right now and for me that’s where Youtube really shines.

As much as possible, you need to start with a song that has a simple chord progression. When I first learned I started with easy chords like C, G Am and D, which makes hundreds of songs available to learn.

I use Google to search for songs I like so I can find them with the chords included. That way I can download them to my computer and then follow along as I play the song on Youtube or from my collection of songs. But I do prefer Youtube over just having the song because so many people do covers for songs and use their acoustic guitars.

Keep Your Guitar Tuned Properly

The first thing you want to do before you ever start playing guitar is . This way you can be sure the guitar is tuned so that you are producing the right notes, otherwise something will not sound right. When a song doesn’t sound right it’s discouraging as well as frustrating because most people thing they are doing something wrong when it’s only the guitar not tuned correctly.

Example: Just yesterday the high temperatures and high humidity broke so the temp dropped and the humidity was gone. Almost immediately my acoustic guitar started to sound different. It had gone out of tune in just one hour and needed tuning.

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Time To Finally Change Those Acoustic Guitar Strings

guitar stringsI play a Yamaha acoustic guitar and periodically I need to change strings as they tend to lose sound quality over time. I don’t mind this so much when I’m at home playing and practicing but when I go out to a guitar jam I like to have new strings on the ole guitar. You know, just in case the guitar police show up as they have in the past.

I can play my playguitarIn all the years I have been around other who love music I would have to say that the acoustic guitar is among the preferred musical instruments, maybe even world-wide. It really doesn’t matter your age, heck I didn’t learn to play acoustic guitar until I was 47 and I’m now 59 and still love playing every single day.

My advice, if you’re a newbie to learning guitar is to get lessons. The fact most of us today have Internet access I would suggest you look at Jamorama.com when learning to play guitar.

Should You Use A Guitar Pick?

When I started I chose not to use a guitar pick and I believe it actually held me back as my fingers would get sore when I was trying to strum. I was fine while learning to finger pick specific songs but not so much when hitting the strings with the back of my nails or using my finger nails to strum.

Once I started using a pick I was able to play much longer and get a better sound as well. The thing is there are times I want to play without a pick as I like the sound I can get but not all the time.

Flamenco guitarists for instance will rarely use picks because it doesn’t produce a sound OK for their kind of music.

Playing Fast Lead And Doing Scales

The times I have the hardest time playing without a pick is when I’m learning or playing faster lead or practicing scales in order to play faster. It starts out great but soon my finger tips and nails start to hurt and it’s time to switch to a pick again. I have bruised myself under my finger nails at times and it takes days before I can play with my fingers again. Using a pick more often helps avoid this.

When you are just strumming slow acoustic songs it doesn’t hurt to make use of your fingertips but for faster songs it might basically make your fingers bleed or feel like they are going to.

I have learned which songs I can use my fingers and others where I should be using a pick and I do fine. It took me a while before I was even willing to use a pick but it has really made a difference in my strumming and picking ability.

I am not sure if everyone has a problem holding a pick at the beginning but I had a real problem with the pick moving around between my thumb and forefinger at the beginning. Eventually I got it right but perhaps it was due to me only using my fingers for the first 4 years of playing.

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