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Thursday, April 26, 2018

6 Vital Tips for Acoustic Guitar Beginners

Out of all the instruments out there, there is no way one can deny the fact that the guitar is the most appealing out there. Not just because of its popularity, universal appeal and its vital place in popular culture. Sure, those three aspects do play an important part, but one of the main reasons for the appeal of the guitar is that it has become a universal instrument.

Back in the past, the guitar was mainly restricted to being a large part of western culture, but over the years, that has no longer remained the case. Now it has become a valuable part of a large variety of cultures all across the world. It is worthwhile noting that this is not the case with most other instruments out there. You may want to keep that fact in mind the next time you visit a piano shop in Manchester or do a tour of all the popular musical instrument shops in Manchester.

Having said that, one needs to understand that when you decide to pick up the acoustic guitar, you need to be at least moderately passionate about music otherwise you will end up nowhere. Having said that, here are the most important tips for acoustic guitar beginners:

Remember your posture
Most people don’t seem to realize how important this aspect is even till date. Slouching or sitting on a sofa is a strict no. As surprising as this may sound, low stools are perfect for playing the guitar since your knees will be perfectly aligned and this will also make sure that your arms are free.

The basic chords to learn
Apart from being one of the main building blocks towards learning how to play the guitar, one should also take special note of the technique of holding those chords. It’s not just about playing them, but how you play them as well. All chords from A-G in both the major and minor scale is a must.

Realize the importance of everyday practice
Doing this will not only ensure that you retain what you have already learned, but it will also get you geared up towards learning something new. At least an hour per day is highly recommended for a start.

Don’t neglect theory
Too many guitarists make the mistake of spending too much time on the practical playing aspect of the guitar and neglect the theory aspect. From the very beginning itself, make sure you don’t do that and focus on sheet notation and being able to read sheet music. This will be extremely beneficial to you in the long run.

Remember to take things as slowly as possible
That way, you will end up feeling less frustrated when things don't work out. If you are trying to learn a bunch of songs or scales at once especially when you have just started playing, you are literally setting yourself up for failure. Understand that since you have just started out, it is going to be a while before you completely grasp all the important concepts. Not to mention applying them to your playing. So take things slowly and don’t be too hard on yourself if things don’t work out initially. Just remember that they eventually will.

Listen to different types of music
This cannot be stressed enough. Only when you introduce diversity in music listening will you be able to incorporate diversity into your guitar playing. In each and every guitar-based genre out there (from rock to metal to blues, soul, jazz etc.) the guitar playing is vastly different. This will ensure that your learning journey is as exciting as possible.

Finally, you need to keep in mind two most important aspects of all, and that is time and patience. Time meaning that the learning process will take its own time and will not happen at the pace you want. Hence, you will need to have a certain amount of patience understanding the fact that you cannot rush things and expect everything to fall into place at once.

But above all, don’t forget to have fun. Learning an instrument is not like an exam or a test that one has to get through. If that is your mindset, then not only are you unlikely to have any fun, but you are also unlikely to learn anything new as well.

Just remember that when it comes to learning an instrument, the way you perceive certain aspects of the learning process, as well as your general viewpoint about music in general, will determine whether you continue playing in the future or not.


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