Thursday, November 17th, 2011 at 2:57 pm
Okay so you got that guitar you’ve been wanting for so long. You have wanted to become a guitarist and here’s your opportunity.
However, you most likely were not born knowing how to play guitar or any instrument for that matter so some learning will be needed.
Where To Learn How To Play Guitar
You can hire someone to teach you to play guitar, one on one, which can be costly. That’s the way I started but I was so shy I quit shortly after starting, even though it was only $10 an hour. I was too self-conscious I guess.
So next I bought a couple of How To Play Guitar books for the beginner. I should have looked closer because they not only confused me they had really annoying songs from the 50s.
Well that was many years ago, long before the Internet, DVD and even before computers were in our homes. I eventually just gave my Yamaha and books away and moved onto something else.
Now it’s many years later and I decided to learn how to play guitar again. However this time I have some many options, but the one I like the most have to be all the online options, like YouTube, Jamorama.
We also have How To Play Guitar books that come with DVDs and I love seeing examples a whole lot more than trying to follow steps in a book. It’s also pretty easy to just replay a lesson as many times as I need to get it in my head.
The days of few options for learning to play guitar has long past.
The only down side to most methods of learning to play guitar is having your questions and concerns responded to quickly like I’ve found with books and DVDs. Being able to join an online How To Play Guitar site is the way to go today.
Have It All With Online Guitar Lessons
I can be kind of thick sometimes. You can tell me something over and over and I can struggle but show me something once or twice and I learn it so much faster. That’s why I love Youtube videos so much.
The thing about Youtube videos is that I don’t usually get answers when I leave comments. Joining a membership site like Jamorama you will have support and they do respond.
There also are videos you can learn from. This is good as you can visually see what an instructor is doing, and you may also watch the video on your own time. Nevertheless they also leave a lot to be desired as you can’t go in depth, ask questions, or read written material. There are various learning modalities, and using one technique simply doesn’t hit each one of them.
Luckily , the Internet makes it easier than ever to learn how to play the guitar. There are some great guitar lessons online for you to make a choice from. These courses work, because they’ve got a handle on the varied learning methodologies. You can read info, watch the videos to see instructors playing, hear audio, play with audio and even use interactive games and software.
This works so well because you’ll be moved to practice. It’s not just a technique to learn, so you never become bored as there are such a great amount of different chances to learn. Information also will be clear in your mind’s eye as it has come from a variety of sources.
Think about your current lifestyle and what most closely fits your wants. Also, remember what you’re able to afford, and what type of time commitment you’re able to make. Many people will decide to take the interactive online course option as it is simply the most useful method for them!
Sunday, October 2nd, 2011 at 8:12 pm
There are a couple of questions that people ask when they are considering learning to play the guitar and need answers, so hopefully, I am going to answer those questions for you.
I know my first questions was:
How to Learn To Play Guitar?
There are a number of means to learn to play guitar.
1. Have A Friend or Relative Teach You Guitar
This is a great idea just to get somebody to show you how to hold the guitar and how to play the strings and press down the strings at the frets. If you’re just starting and have not played a guitar before, this is a great way to get you started and shouldn’t cost you anything. Don’t rely on this method alone. Just get the very basics and then start to learn yourself from the other methods. You can let your friend show you some tips and tricks later on when they have time.
2. Purchase a Guitar Lesson Book
This is okay to show you how to hold and play the guitar, but not as good as someone showing you. It’s not free unless you can find a decent book from the library. The cost of guitar books varies from cheap to costly, although you might be able to find them at charity shops. I’ve found that books are great for learning theory. Depending on what style of guitar you want to play, you might not need to learn much theory. The more theory you can acquire the better, but you can always do that as you are advancing.
3. Buy a Video or DVD About Learning Guitar
I’ve never been a big a fan of practicing this method entirely. Sitting in front of the television screen or computer monitor watching somebody tell you to position this finger here and that finger there. It’s good for showing you the basics of playing the guitar and some techniques like bends, slides, and hammer ons, etc.
4. Have a Guitar Instructor to Teach You To Learn Guitar
This could be the most expensive way to learn the guitar. I’ve seen friends and relatives children play songs better than me and I’ve felt pretty stupid. But, that’s all they’re being taught, merely songs. I comfort myself by saying yes, you can play that song, but how much has it cost your parents. I’ve seen a video recording of a friends girl playing on stage with other students and she played a popular song note perfect, even the solo. She actually played it better than the original guitarist used to play it live. Only all she was doing was playing notes that she’d learnt parrot fashion. There wasn’t even any emotion or enthusium on her face. If someone said now play that in a different key or improvise and make up your own solo, she probably wouldn’t have been able to. By the way, the guitar lessons have finished and I don’t think she plays the guitar much now.
This can be free, cheap, or dear. There’s so much info on learning to play the guitar on the internet, this must be a good source. Once you can hold and play your guitar, or even before, explore the net for free online courses. When you’re ready, there’s a lot of good low cost or free stuff that will improve your playing. Don’t be tricked into buying high cost courses that you can’t afford or don’t need. Learning to play the guitar on the internet has all of the the advantages of the other methods. You can learn as little or as much theory as you want to. You can have someone on the computer screen in front of you showing what to do and how to do it. You can download the information on to your computer and do it in your own time and at your own pace. You can download the guitar tabs to songs you want to learn.
How hard is it to learn to play the guitar?
It’s not hard at all. It all depends on how much you want to learn it. When I told my brother I wanted to learn the guitar, he was already playing bass guitar in a group, he told me it’s easier to learn the piano. It might be but I didn’t want to play the piano. In reality, it’s much easier playing guitar with guitar tabs than it is the piano with standard music notation.
How long will it take to learn how to play the guitar?
As much time as you put into it. It’s a process and you will never perfect it, so the time is forever. But to get just enough to know how to play many songs, not that long, just a total of several hours. But if you want to become an artist, write songs, etc. That takes the time and passion. And when you have the passion the time gets away from you.
Sunday, September 4th, 2011 at 11:24 am
When I first started learning guitar there was no Internet or Jamorama and I didn’t know anyone who played that could teach me so I didn’t learn until many years later.
Today if you take a minute to search Google or other search engines looking for information on how to play guitar you’ll find tons of learn guitar courses available, some free some paid. Of course some will do a much better job at helping you learn how to play guitar so it’s important to find people who have taken the course if you’re paying for it. It’s also good to find products to purchase that offer a refund.
Jamorama is a top notch guitar training course and likely the best but you will need to decide that. I will show you a few things here but you still need to check it out for yourself.
What Is Jamorama?
Jamorama is a guitar instructional course that is mostly focused on the beginner guitar playing. Jamorama uses audio, video as well as written lessons to teach new guitar players the fundamentals of guitar playing.
Guitar Chords – There is no shortage of lessons in the more than 250 pages in two ebooks. Part of what you’ll learn in the lessons are a variety of guitar chords and you can combine the various chords into great sounding sequences.
Strumming Your Guitar – You will not only learn how to form chords but also how to strum them so you have rhythm. This is the part of guitar playing that gave me the most difficutly and was so glad to finally be shown how to strum correctly. Now I can play a variety of styles and can even pick them up directly from songs now, as they play.
Video Demonstrations – I was able to get songs from the Internet, chords and all but was still having problems. So the fact that Jamorama has written lessons that include video demonstrations, well it just rocks. There are more than 140 that will show you how top play each song, exactly as it should be.
It gets even better. Along with all that you can see you will get there is more. You will also be getting about 26 audio tracks which you can jam along with. This will assist you with your practice and we all know practice makes perfect, as long as you’ve been shown properly of course.
I know how important practice is but I also know that when I am listening to music to follow, like being at a jam with friends, it’s much easier to learn techniques. Don’t skip the practice.
Hey maybe you’ll be able to start your own band someday.
Reading Music – This is where it gets interesting. Learning to read music isn’t really hard, it just looks that way. Jamorama includes some extra software that will do just that and it will help you learn to play by ear. I never thought I would be able to play by ear but I can. I can’t do it immediately, I’m not that fast yet but I am doing it and that has changed my life.
I can pick up new and old songs so much faster today. Well actually I couldn’t do it at all before I took the time to learn how. So doing it using Jamorama couldn’t get much easier.
I am moving into the advanced book now and playing guitar is getting even more exciting for me. I am even teaching my friends, who taught me at the beginning.
Jamorama is a great investment in your guitar playing future and is worth far more than what you’ll pay. It’s cheaper than taking guitar lessons with an instructor and your time is your time. You don’t have to wait a week between lessons either.
In conclusion and plain and simply put Jamorama is one of the best ways to learn how to play a guitar like a pro, and I highly recommend.
Friday, August 5th, 2011 at 3:34 pm
Acoustic Guitars are wooden and have a shape kind of like an 8. They have 6 strings which are made of steel as opposed to a classic whose strings are plastic. These strings produce notes when struck.
Now that you know what an acoustic guitar is it is time to start learning. Listed are the steps you should take when learning to play the acoustic guitar.
1. Make sure you have your own acoustic guitar before you start learning. Make sure that it has all of its strings.
2. Do a search online for the best website regarding learning to play an acoustic guitar. Many sites online are dedicated to information about music and instruments. You can even find free lessons online.
3. Decide what type of musician you want to be like. Do you want to play for the music or for fame? Look at artists that play for the music. Remember that the acoustic guitar can be for all types of music and not to limit yourself.
4. Become familiar with your guitar. Memorize the feel and function of it. Know how to make it sound right and what makes it sound bad. Knowing how to properly handle and grip your guitar is one of the most vital things you can do.
5. Teach yourself the basic chords. Learn all of the ways you can play those chords. You will be able to play with more fluidity if you become adept at this.
6. Try playing chords without looking as much as you can. Callousing your fingers and strengthening hand muscles while doing other things is helpful. If you can multitask well it will make you a better guitar player so practice doing that as much as you can. Practicing moving your hands from chord to chord and fret to fret is essential in becoming a good player.
7. Practice every day of the week for at least 3 hours if not more. Patience is incredibly important when learning to play the guitar, Rome wasn’t built in a day. Remember everyone started somewhere and that No one started as an expert. Practicing every day helps keep you in a good and proper rhythm. Your muscles will remember what they are supposed to do and you will learn at a much faster pace.
8. Callouses are incredibly important to build up. When you first start out it is very painful because your fingers are soft. As you go on, however, you will find that the callouses make it much easier to play. Callouses make it so the strings aren’t pressing on your nerves, thus making it less painful to play.
9. Now that you have learned the easy stuff it is time to get to the more difficult. The hardest chords to play on an acoustic guitar are the bar chords. They add a lot to songs though, so take the time to learn how to play them well.