How To Learn Guitar

This article will teach you the basics of playing guitar, from learning how to hold the guitar to reading music, and playing popular songs.

Almost anyone can learn to play the guitar if they put their heart into learning, in addition to putting in a substantial amount of effort. Music that is heard on CD's, tapes, or the radio is sometimes much easier to play than many would think and once learned can give off the impression that you are indeed a great guitar player. The key to learning guitar is practice! Without practice your fingers will not adjust properly to forming the chords and transitioning during the musical intervals. Although many prefer to take lessons and speed up the process of learning guitar, learning by yourself is also a very realistic option. With the internet today, there are a vast number of sites to assist you with guitar tips, free music tabs, and more. The secret to learning guitar is to know where to look and how to train yourself in learning this musical instrument.

Once you have a guitar, the next step is to learn the basics of the guitar parts and what they mean in relation to the music that you will be reading. The first and most important thing in guitar playing is holding the guitar properly. Most guitars are designed for right-handed people, so if you are left-handed you may be able to buy a special guitar or have to deal with holding the guitar the opposite of how many will hold it. For right-handed people, the curve at the bottom of the guitar will rest on your upper right thigh, which many will elevate slightly to get a better grip on holding the guitar. The long stem of the guitar should extend upwards at a slight angle and you should place you thumb behind the stings on the wood towards the middle of the wood, lowering or raising it while playing different strings. At the tip of the step there are corks, which are used for tuning the guitar, which will be later discussed in the article. Along the stem of the guitar, otherwise known as the handle, there are raised lines approximately two inches apart from one another, which are called frets. Frets will be important forming chords, playing different notes, and reading music. When playing certain notes or chords it is always good to hold your fingers as close to the fret as possible without touching it. By doing this you will get the best sound, but make sure not to touch the fret or you will hear an unpleasant ringing sound when playing music.

The next critical step to learning how to play guitar is to learn how to read music. For the purposes of learning guitar as quickly as possible without lessons, the easiest kind of musical notation to read is tablature, otherwise known as tabs. Tabs are set up with six horizontal lines, each representing a string on the guitar. The top line of the tab is the highest string on the guitar, the one closest to ground. As the tab lines progress downward, they correlate to the strings on your guitar progressing upwards. The names of each string, starting from the one closest to the ground upwards are the E, B, G, D, A, and E strings. On each line of the tabs you will see a number. This number indicates what number fret to hold the string down on depending on which line the number rests on. For instance, if you saw a number 2 on the G-string of the tab, then you would place your finger on the second fret, and third string from the bottom. The way tabs are set up, are simply to play the notes that the numbers indicate. For instance if you see a number standing alone on a string, you are only to play that one note. However, if you see a series of numbers standing on top of each other directly, then you are to play a chord, which means you play all those notes at once. In tablature, the spacing will indicate how much time to wait before playing the next note or chord as well. The longer the space, the longer time to wait, but you will also have to use your own judgement in playing the music to what sounds right. It may help to tap your foot to a simple 4-4 beat when playing music.



Some exercises that will help you practice forming these new chords and transitioning through the notes are to play scales and practice switching back and forth between chords. Scales can be played on any chord formation that you learn. Simply play each note of the chord separately over and over again until you can transition between the notes smoothly. For example, if you practice playing the notes of the G-chord separately, you are practicing a G-scale. You may also want to practice transitioning back and forth between full chords to help you play more smoothly in songs that require chords in addition to isolated notes.

Once you have learned the mechanics of how to play guitar you need to find places where you can find easy music to read, and there is no better place to find free music and help than the internet. You can find tips on how to play guitar, video lessons from professional guitar players, and tabs to music you would like to learn how to play. Musical tablature sites are also great places to find music you are looking for simply by typing in the name of the artist or song you wish to find. The best things about these sites is that finding the music is free, so you have all the resources you want at hand whenever you want them with no cost! So once you have found the music you wish to play, key is to practice, practice, and practice because that is the only way anyone will be able to learn guitar!

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