By Nancy Harst
The initial step to learning to play guitar is the preliminary choice of the type of guitar that suits your musical tastes and personal preferences. From the soft acoustic instrument, heavy metal guitar, jazz guitars and so much more, you need to select one based on your music tastes and it must not be a decision that is hurried. Once you have chosen your guitar, you then need to take your time to get acquainted with it.
There are three major areas of the instrument and these are the body, waist and neck or fretboard. The neck is made up of steel strips called frets, which permit you to play the different notes on your own guitar by holding down the strings for each note. You will find the guitar strings between the bridge and the headstock, they have attachments to pegs which you can loosen or tighten up in order to “tune” the strings so they sound just right.
Acoustic guitars have a sound hole within which resonates sound while electric guitars utilize a pick-up instead, intensifying sounds it creates into electrical impulses. The next important technique to master is positioning. Your posture is also important, whether you are sitting or standing, and it goes hand in hand with positioning.
In the sitting position, ensure that you use a stool or a chair that has a straight back. Position the instrument by placing the waist on the leg you are most comfortable with. Slightly separate your feet and balance by resting the corresponding arm (if right leg used, then right forearm) on the upper bout.
The instrument shouldn’t need any further assistance from your other left arm and a relaxed pose should be had. If you are standing while actively playing, you should take full advantage of the guitar straps. The shoulder straps will be joined to strap pins on the guitar and you should put them around you, in a fashion that is comfortable. It’s now time for you to move on to the tuning of the guitar.
This greatly assists beginners to get accustomed to specific notes produced by fret and string combinations. Learn the names of the different strings and the pitch order that they go in, down the neck of the instrument. New guitarists could develop a mnemonic to simply remember the names.
An extra requirement, though not deemed necessary, but useful for beginners, is the acquisition of a pick, also known as a spectrum. This is a little piece of plastic that aids in playing the guitar.
These objects are available in most music stores and virtually everywhere else you can think of. Now you can advance to the chords, and you should start with two types: barre and first position chords.
The key chords on the instrument that you’ll come across on a regular basis are A-major, C-major, D-major, E-major and G-major. Practice these two chord types and strive to get a clear clean sound along with the appropriate strumming technique.
After the chords, try to perform full songs. Work your way up from the relatively basic songs to the more complicated songs. In addition, understand guitar tablature.
Watch various tutorials and keep on rehearsing.
You might experience a slight pain in your fingers from playing the guitar. But it will fade over time. Keep it up simply because who knows, you may be the next Brian May. Get playing the acoustic guitar. These pieces of guidance ought to have provided what you need, to get you started off.