The guitar is my favourite musical instrument, although I do like piano as well. Personally I feel the guitar is easier to play than piano. I have a hard enough time getting one hand to do what I want, although I did have learn to strum with the other hand, didn’t I.
Guitar isn’t that tough to learn if you apply a few simple techniques right from the beginning.
I started with a guitar that I bought for $40.00. It didn’t sound too professional but it was enough to show me I really wanted to learn guitar and soon purchased a better sounding Yamaha and still have it today.
Even though I was able to learn on a cheap little guitar I noticed at guitar jams I went to that I could play much smoother and faster on other people’s guitars as they were all much better than mine.
On my guitar I had to almost stand on the strings to get them to touch the fretboard so I have some very thick calluses on the end of my fingers on my left hand. But I loved it so much I was willing to go through that pain to learn.
Playing my Yamaha today is so much easier, smoother and faster.
The Internet has made it so much easier for me to learn how to play guitar. I use Youtube to find the songs I like and then look for people who use their guitar to play the song and learn that way.
I also use many guitar sites to find the chords to play and then I print them out to take to guitar jams for others to learn from.
After the first few days my fingers didn’t hurt nearly as much. Once I started learning I couldn’t put the guitar down and that caused a few blistered but they were worth it.
It was an invitation to a guitar jam from one of my computer students that got me started and from there I had lots of new friends to show me stuff. Not everyone is blessed like that and have to learn the hard way.
If you want to learn how to play guitar effectively and in as little time as possible I would suggest you look at Jamorama.
My guitar buddy Gary started me off with just three chords, C, G and D. That took about 10 minutes to learn and then he showed a few songs I like which use only these 3 chords.
I spent the next week, until the next guitar jam, practicing and had them down pretty good. My left had was catching on pretty quickly but my left hand wasn’t doing too well. I was not getting the strum down.
The strumming took a lot more practice than learning guitar chords but eventually I learned. I think that’s where real guitar lessons like those you’ll get at Jamorama.