Guitar is an amazing instrument and has made my life so much better. It’s a great choice to make if you want to play music and be mobile. I love going to guitar jams and playing guitar around a campfire.
As one interested in learning how to play guitar and as a beginner guitar player you need to focus on a few things that make the learning process more efficient. This way you will not be so likely to give up like I did when I first started all those years ago.
Learn The Parts of Your Guitar
What Are The Guitar Parts Called
To begin learning acoustic guitar or for that matter, any type of guitar, it is important for your to learn the parts of the guitar first.
It’s easier to follow guitar learning instructions if you know the name of important parts of your guitar.
Some of the important parts to remember are, the fret board and frets, tuning keys, the head nut ( "Barre" in French) and the bridge with string pegs.
Know Your Beginner Guitar Chords A Thru G
Guitar chords are the language of guitars and the more of the language or chords you learn to use the more songs you will be able to play. Starting with the basic chord shapes in the image above is a great place to start.
I made a point of learning a lot of chords shapes when I learned to play my acoustic guitar and today I am light years ahead of my of my guitar playing friends as they are limited by their lack of learning chords like barre chords. They have been playing 20 years longer than I have as well.
I really believe it’s how you start learning to play guitar that’s important. If you learn only the basic guitar chords and then stop learning you are missing so much, as my friends have now learned.
Learn How To String Your Guitar
In order to use your guitar whether it’s an acoustic or electric you have to put strings on it. Knowing the name or letter of each string is important. Get them mixed up and it won’t sound correct at all but worse you will likely break your strings before even getting to play them.
Holding your guitar in front of you in the standing position and facing you of course, your strings are: E, A, D, G, B, E
You have two E strings, the thicker string on the left as you’re looking at it is the low E string and the thin string on the right is high E.
Once you have your strings memorized you will be able to follow and learn each not on every string as you go down the fret board. This will also help you when you start doing barre chords.
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