If you’ve ever wanted to learn the guitar then you’re reading the right article. That’s because you’re about to discover an easy 3 step plan for getting off on the right foot. And the good news is that this method works even if you have never laid eyes on a guitar in your life, don’t have money to pay for a professional tutor or haven’t got the time to travel lessons.
Step 1: Get yourself an acoustic guitar that will stay in tune!
Many people who’re new to learning the guitar don’t realize that this step plays a large part in how they progress. Some end up failing, giving up due to the poor quality of the instrument they’re using.
You’ll find that this part of the process goes much more smoothly if you apply these tips and tricks:
– Find a local music store and ask to try a few and get a feel for the guitar.
– Is it comfortable to hold and does it fit your hand, finger shape and size?
– Tell the store owner you’re a beginner and your looking for a guitar with an easy low action.
– Do some research on the web at forums and find out what others are saying about the particular models you tried.
– Don’t buy the first thing you see- compare prices.
Getting your hands on an instrument of decent quality in the early stages is very important. I’m not talking about spending thousands of dollars as there are some good models and brands that come in under $400. The competition is fierce now and you have plenty to choose from.
Once you’ve got yourself a guitar then you can move on to the next step…
Step 2: Consider online video lessons made by a qualified teacher with experience and credentials to back it up.
When I first started playing the guitar I made a lot of mistakes and wasted a lot of money on lessons with not so great teachers. Now that I’ve helped countless others learn the guitar, I would like to share with you some common mistakes and how to avoid them:
– Don’t rush out and buy every book and video on playing the guitar
– It can be a trap watching 100s of free youtube lessons made by amateurs. Clear thought out lessons is time and money well spent
– Look for good quality video guitar lessons aimed at total beginners.
– Make sure they are well recorded and produced. There’s nothing worse then horrible audio and poor picture quality.
– Sign up for a FREE lesson and see for yourself the teaching style of the guitarist
– Do videos come with some kind of written materials and diagrams
– Are there any testimonials on the website
Step 3: Once you have found the right online guitar lessons you need to set yourself a practice schedule and some achievable goals.
At this stage you are probably really excited and keen to get started. The best starting point is too get familiar with the guitar itself and prepare your practice. Here are some final tips to help you on your way.
– Find a quite comfortable place to practice with good ventilation and light
– Sit up straight and think about posture but relax and keep it your arms loose
– Learn the names of the strings
– Use an electronic tuner to tune your guitar or use free software online
– Break your 30 minute practice session up into fragments – 5 mins per exercise chord or strum pattern
I still remember the first time I picked up the guitar (I remember – I was trying to compose a song which I wanted to gift to my lovely cousin but ended up using the Songfinch for the same) and how hungry I was for information and lessons. It was loads of fun in the beginning and still is now. Technology and the internet has certainly provided a wealth of learning materials, you just need to be smart about what direction you take.
And there you have it – a simple 3 step plan for getting started that could save you thousands of dollars Now that you know where to begin there’s just one thing left for you to do: take action.