Guitar for Beginners
Guitar for Beginners
The guitar is one of the most popular musical instruments around. It is relatively cheap and can be found easily, it requires little space for storage and can play a large variety of songs, great for all kinds of levels. Therefore, when you decide to start learning how to play it you need to know how to approach the instrument to make the most out of it. Read on to learn the most important beginner's tips on how to approach the guitar.
Purchasing a Guitar
Right of the bat, the guitar will be a much easier instrument to learn if it's a good quality make. There are instruments where the entry level models make little impact on the rapidity with which one learns to play, but, when it comes to guitars, due to the relatively physical nature of the instrument, the best tip is to buy the most you can afford. You need to keep the following things in mind:
A Straight Neck : The guitar has a body and the neck. The neck portion is the one that has the frets, the little metal demarcations that coincide with notes. A straight neck will mean that for the entire length of the guitar, the strings will be positioned parallel and will take relatively the same amount of effort to push. Also, take into account the size of your hands. The smaller your hands, the smaller in diameter the neck has to be. That way you will be expending less effort forming a note and keeping it steady.
Good Tuning Pegs : These will help you tune the guitar and maintain the tuning for a longer period. The shape, size, model of pegs is less important. Before purchasing, make sure that the guitar can keep the tuning for a long time but still allow you to operate the pegs with ease. Jammed pegs will only mean that you will not be able to fine-tune the guitar, which will make it relatively useless, especially if you wish to learn to play in a band or with others.
A Solid Bridge : The bridge is the portion that attaches the strings to the body of the guitar. If this portion doesn't adhere as supposed to the body, the sound that the guitar will have, as well as the volume will not be the best it can be. Simply do a visual check to see that the strings attach to the bridge solidly and that there are no cracks or dents in the area.
Electric or Classic?
Some would argue that a classical guitar is a no brainer, but if you have the money to invest in an electrical guitar, there are a few advantages to owning such an instrument. Here are a few of these.
Better Sound Range : An electrical guitar will play any tunes you want, even the ones generally meant for the classic guitar. The same will not hold true for classic guitars.
Easy to Play : Due to construction details, especially the distance between strings and the neck and also the pressure in the strings, many find an electrical guitar much easier to control, even in the beginning, when the force necessary to hold the strings and to form chords is not yet gained. By using an electrical guitar and an amplifier you will be able to use less energy to play and if you have think skin on your fingers you will get fewer blisters, if any, until the "guitar calluses" form.
Better Volume Control : Especially if you live with other people, learning to play the guitar can be an excruciating exercise in noise works! With an electrical guitar, the actual noise produced by the strings is minimized and, if run through an amplifier and head set can be restricted to the ears of the player solely.
Record Your Performance : You can hook an electrical guitar to a PC and record yourself playing without microphones. You can assess your skills objectively and will be able to improve on the areas that you find lacking
What Materials to Use to Learn The Guitar Basics
You have a few options available:
Physical Books : These will explain the techniques used to hold the strings, to form chords and the ranges and other initial requirements. You can practice as you go on for as long as you want, you set the rhythm for the things that you learn.
Videos and E-books : There are numerous courses consisting of booklets and videos that explain techniques and essential information for your first steps in the learning of the guitar. You have the advantage of actually seeing the techniques performed and you get a better chance to learn.
Video Games : A few video games can be used as an interface a real guitar. Make no mistake, it's not the Guitar Hero games, there are games that actually use an electrical guitar, and can assess your progress on the fly, allow you to progress and also make you see your mistakes in real time. This is the best option to a real educator that you may access.
A very important thing to remember! 90 percent of the people that pick a guitar in hand will not stick to it and will give up relatively easy. Unlike other instruments, if you don't actually learn a few basic techniques and chords, the guitar will simply be useless. The first few days and weeks will be critical, so, if you feel that you're getting anywhere don't despair. Also, remember that your finger technique may be perfect; if you don't have a well-tuned guitar the sounds that will be emitted will not be pleasing. Either learn to tune by ear or use an electronic tuner. These are fairly common, can be purchased for just a few dollars and will tune the guitar almost perfectly all the time. Just keep on going and avoid picking techniques that are not verified. There is the easy way that will get you nowhere and there's the proven track, the hard way that will at least teach you a few basic skills.